We went back to Madaba, which is one hour by taxi from the Dead Sea.
Madaba is famous for its Byzantine mosaics, including the oldest map of Palestine at the Greek Orthodox Church.
In the evening, we went for a great dinner at Haret Jdoudna, which had an amazing selection of mezze and Mount Nebo wine.
The next morning we had a nice breakfast before making our way back to the airport.
HOW TO DO IT:
- Stay: We stayed at Mosaic City Hotel, a good hotel very close to the main sites. It cost around 50JD per night, and it’s well worth it. In Madaba we also stayed at Mariam Hotel, which is not as nice but offers cheap taxi tours throughout Jordan.
- Getting there: Madaba is a good place to stay on your way in or out of Jordan as an alternative to Amman, as it’s very close to the airport. A taxi to the airport costs 17JD.
This was the end of our trip through Jordan. It was an amazing adventure! We saw so much and had a great time along the the way. You can read all my posts on Jordan here.
Below are my tips on how to organise your trip to Jordan.
HOW TO DO IT – JORDAN:
- Where to go: We visited Madaba, Mount Nebo, Wadi Mujib, Karak, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, but there are other interesting places to see. Dana reserve offers great hiking experiences; Jerash has amazing Roman ruins; Aqaba is the gateway to Red Sea diving; Little Petra has more stone monuments beyond Petra; Ma’in offers relaxation in natural hot springs; Bethany is the baptismal site described in the Bible; and Amman has its shares of souks. Not bad for such a small country!
- Getting there: we flew BA (which had really poor service this time) and paid around £400 for return flights. The journey takes about 5h. Visas on arrival at 40JD.
- Food: Food in Jordan is really good. Hotel restaurants often have buffets with a range of local and international food. Local cafes and restaurants have a wide range of mezze to choose from. It’s really easy to find vegetarian options: tabouleh, hummus and falafel are always on offer. Labneh (soft cheese) with pitta bread was my favourite!
- Hospitality: Jordanians are really welcoming. Everyone would ask where we were from and greet us with ‘Welcome’. We got tea as a present from our Bedouin host, and along the way we were offered juicy dates, fresh figs and warm bread by our drivers. Although people often want to talk to you and offer some sort of service, there isn’t much hassle in Jordan. Everyone just seems very keen to leave you with a good impression of their country!
- Money: We got good value for things in Jordan, but overall it’s not as cheap as one might expect. Dinner for two costs around 25JD at a cafe. Taxi journeys are also not super expensive, but you will pay around 80JD for longer trips.
- Safety: Jordan is at the heart of the Middle East, sharing borders with Israel, Palestine, Iraq and Syria. Tensions in the region meant that we got to explore many places completely alone. But is it safe? Well, there are no restrictions for travelling in place at the moment, except for the border with Syria where the largest refugee camps are. We felt completely safe and I highly recommended it – but you should never go to a place where you don’t feel comfortable!