Discover Petra and enjoy one of the most famous sights in the world
The Pink State, the most famous landmark in the Middle East, is a true masterpiece of sculpture, carved thousands of years ago by the ancient Navajo on the purple rocks of southern Jordan. Petra, which seems not to have been created by human hands, but to have miraculously sprouted from the rock, looks peaceful, enchanting, unique, a city as old as time. Drawing on elements from ancient Greek and Roman architecture, Petra is an unsurpassed masterpiece of history and culture and a shocking testimony of human art and inspiration.
In the mythical capital of the ancient Navajo people, carved temples, family tombs, public buildings, houses, theaters and thousands of stairs fascinate with their uniqueness, architectural beauty and durability. Monuments that stand unscathed in space and time, with their impressive facades and their aesthetic perfection evoke respect and awe and reveal a spectacle that leaves no visitor untouched. A narrow Siq gorge and spectacular,
vertical rocks with dazzling colors and formations, give access to the architectural marvel of Petra. The most beautiful monument (treasury), which the local folk imagination attributes to Pharaoh, is an emblematic burial monument. Through the street of the facades appears the ancient Roman theater, a symbol of spiritual awakening and culture of the locals and the central valley of Petra is revealed, with its extremely impressive natural beauty and its architectural perfection. Top burial monuments (tomb of the hydria, the Lions and the Obelisks) lead to the Nymphaeum and the three markets, the Royal Palace, the High School and the mosque to reach the glorious temple of El-Deir (Monastery) carved from the top, offers the most revealing view to the valley of Petra and Mount Hor. The mountainous terrain of the Jordanian desert finally hosts, in its heart, one of the most unusual spectacles in the world, which UNESCO has included in its list of World Heritage Sites.
Food and local cuisine
The local gastronomy is influenced by North Africa, Egypt, Lebanon and the Mediterranean and presents dishes of exceptional taste and flavor. High quality ingredients, meat (chicken, lamb, beef), rice, tahini, chickpeas, aubergines and many spices are mixed in a masterful way in delicious dishes and appetizers. In addition to the national dish mansaf and maclumba, try koume (minced meat with oatmeal and potato), meatball with tahini (lamb covered with thin slices of potato, bathed and cooked with tahini sauce), saatz (chicken bites with chicken ), a variety of dishes with grilled meat, beef kebabs or lamb with turmeric, grilled vegetables and pies, while sweet syrups (konefes) or omali (with milk, bread nuts, raisins, hazelnuts and cinnamon) wins the visitors’ impressions.
Best time to visit Petra
The best time to visit Petra is from October to May. The temperature is at "friendly" levels and the atmosphere is quite clean. Avoid the summer months, as the temperature often exceeds 40 degrees Celsius.
How to use transportation in Petra
Transfer from/to Petra
From the Jordanian capital Amman you can go to Petra, either by bus (3 hours) or by taxi. Petra has no airport, with the closest being to the coastal town of Aqaba (85km south of Petra.)
The archeological site is not allowed to enter with motor vehicles. If you do not want to walk to explore Petra you can rent a horse, a donkey, a camel or even a carriage. When exploring the archeological site, wear comfortable shoes, light clothing and a sun hat, and make sure you have a water bottle with you.