Sightseeing in Petra

The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Located 240 km south of the capital Amman and 120 km north of the red sea town of Aqaba, Petra is undoubtedly Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction- it is visited by tourists from all over the world. It is also considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The Treasury - Al Khazna

Get a view from of the siq, which opens up onto Petra’s most magnificent façade; the Treasury, or Al Khazna. It is almost 40 meters high and intricately decorated with Corinthian capitals, friezes, figures and more. The Treasury is crowned by a funerary urn, which according to local legend conceals a pharaoh’s treasure. Although the original function is still a mystery, The Treasury was probably constructed in the 1st century BC; however, in reality the urn represented a memorial for royalty. The Treasury consists of two floors with a width of 25.30 meters and a height of 39.1 meters.

Petra at night

Complete your Petra experience with a visit to the Petra Night Show. This event is a magical way to see part of the rock city by candlelight and explore the old city, which is considered a New Seven Wonder of the World. This unique experience starts with a walk through the entire Siq to the Treasury, lit by over 1,500 candles, creating a spectacular event for all the visitors that participate.

Watch the sunset

This is a truly magical Petra experience that you simply cannot miss.

As Petra is located in a valley, you must travel to the outskirts of Wadi Musa to see the sunset. The best spots to see the sunset are located along the road (no. 35) from Wadi Musa to Taybeh, about a 5-10 minute drive from the centre of Wadi Musa. There’s a small municipal park that has a great view of Petra – the city is right there at your feet.

As the sun sets, watch the mountains change from a bright orange to gold. This is an experience you won’t easily forget! You can also opt to enjoy the sunset at the Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel along road no. 35, which offers commanding views of the mountains and the valley.

Petra

Known as the Rose Red City due to the colour of the kingdom’s rock carvings, Petra is Jordan’s most visited attraction. The ancient Nabataean capital remained unknown to the western world until 1812 when a Swiss explorer discovered numerous spectacular sites in the area.

 

Wadi Rum

The picturesque Wadi Rum has been the setting for numerous films including Lawrence of Arabia. With soaring mountains, vast plains and ancient Bedouin history, this is a unique Jordanian experience that features awe-inspiring rock formations.

Dana Biosphere Reserve

This incredible ecosystem features more than 600 plant species, around 180 bird species and more than 40 different types of mammals including gazelles, foxes and wolves. Additionally, there are almost 100 archaeological sites based in the reserve.

 

Hiking and cross-country trekking

The Jordan Trail covers sections throughout the country, including a four-day hike from Dana to Petra and a five-day stretch from Petra to Wadi Rum. The hotel can also arrange excursions (for a fee) to the Dead Sea, Aqaba, the Red Sea and the 12th century Crusader castles at Shobak and Kerak.