Much of the time, visitors to Jordan to follow in the footsteps of Indiana Jones – current directly to the tombs of the Treasury and the Monastery of bookends to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. But in doing so, they are overlooking some of the best this country has to offer. Jordan, and its capital, Amman, relaxed, hide a treasure of experiences unavoidable, real Arabs. And best of all, you have most of it yourself.
Through no fault of their own, Amman has become the forgotten city of the Middle East. It is also the most underrated. The streets are ancient monuments and the history of dust to his rival in Cairo, without grinding traffic and pollution. Its suburbs have a restaurant and vibrant cultural scene to match the neighboring Beirut, but locals have kept it to themselves.
To see the city at its best, start the day early in the Jabal al Qal’a or the Citadel of Amman. When the morning sun, is the perfect starting point for orientation. The seven hills of Amman main stretched at his feet like a rug crumpled each mound to help define a different neighborhood within the city. Beneath their feet, meanwhile, are more than 7000 years of history, and the crumbling pillars, arches and stairways of the Citadel bear witness to the assertion of Amman as one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Do not miss the Roman temple at the time of Hercules, a mixture of honeycomb color of the columns and beams, and the Palace of the hill of the Umayyads, is thought to date back to the eighth century. Before leaving, take a look at the hill site museum – even some neighbors do not know which is priceless Dead Sea Scrolls in their collection.