Introduction to Amman
Amman is the capital city of Jordan and is home to 1.5 million people. It was built on 7 hills which are depicted on the 7 pronged star on the Jordanian flag. It is a city rich in history with the first civilization recorded in 8500BC. Many remnants of Jordan’s rich history still exist such as the city walls, amphitheatre and the archaeological museum. The modern city has grown quickly making it a great base to explore other parts of Jordan.
Getting There & Around
Visitors to Amman can fly direct from London Heathrow with Royal Jordanian. Alternatively, Amman is 4 hours drive from the costal resort of Aqaba which has a direct connection with London Gatwick. The transfer times to the centre of Amman from Amman airport is around 45 minutes. As with all large cities, there is an extensive bus network and taxis are readily available although Amman does suffer from congestion.
At around 1,000m above sea level, Amman enjoys a Mediterranean climate and four seasons of excellent weather compared to other places in the region and Amman does have snow a couple of times a year. The average daily temperatures in Celcius:
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Who it suits
Amman will appeal to those who love history but at the same time, don’t like to be too far from Western surroundings with an array of international hotels plus great places to shop and eat.
Ideally, Amman will be part of a multi-centre holiday where you get to explore some of Jordan’s other highlights such as Petra and Wadi Rum. Aqaba is an excellent beach destination but there is a lot more to see in Jordan such as Petra, Wadi Rum as well as siginificant religious sites like Mount Nebo and the Crusader castle at Karak.