Jordan Country Information
The Arabs, the Dead Sea and the “eighth wonder of the world” rock city of Petra – this is what Jordan is usually associated with by the layman. Here you can clearly feel the bizarre fusion of modernity and deep antiquity. According to DIGOPAUL.COM, this is a real kingdom (without any quotes) and at the same time – a civilized country with a high standard of living, completely devoid of those “Middle Eastern” nuances of the behavior of local residents, which sometimes oppress tourists in Egypt.
The climate is subtropical Mediterranean, sharply continental, very dry. The average temperatures in January are +8..+14°C, in July +24..+30°C (with average daily temperatures around +35°C). The best time to visit Jordan is spring and autumn. In the north, it rains from November to March. The Dead Sea and Aqaba are usually warm, and you can swim all year round. The water temperature in the Red and Dead Seas does not fall below +21 ° C all year round. Summer nights in these places are warm, like fresh milk. At the same time, in most of the central regions of the country, it is quite cool at night: tourists need to take long sleeves and trousers with them when traveling through them.
Cuisine and restaurants
Jordanian cuisine as a whole is faithful to Arabic culinary traditions, but has many characteristic features. Contrary to popular belief, the local cuisine is not as hot and spicy as people think. But everywhere mint, various greens and herbs, lemons in all forms, onions, pickled olives, pine nuts are added to food. Salads, stews, pastries with various fillings, as well as dishes from finely grated peas with greens – falafel and hummus are popular among appetizers. In addition to various types of lavash and ragyf bread, kmaj cakes are popular in the country, which are often used as a kind of “edible spoons”. Local meat dishes are most often chicken, lamb or veal with rice or potatoes. Traditional side dishes are different types of salads and stews.
Sweets produced in Jordan are considered among the best in the Arab world. These are cookies sprinkled with sesame seeds, baklava (baklava) with pistachios, the famous canafa (knafe) with cheese, kataef pies, guava dessert zhavafa (zhauafa), excellent ice cream, various candied fruits and hundreds of others. confectionery. Alcoholic drinks of local and foreign production can be purchased at any time, except for the month of Muslim fasting. Of the local strong drinks, you should try “arak” – it is diluted with water, has the color of milk, as well as the specific smell and taste of anise. The local wines (white, rose and red) are also quite good. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer is offered in many cafes and restaurants (but not all), and, in addition, is sold in specialty stores.
Many restaurants and hotels include tips on the bill, so it is not necessary to give them separately. If the tip is not included in the bill, the amount usually left is approximately 10% of the total bill. Tips are not required in taxis. If the taxi driver works with the meter turned off, the cost of the trip must be negotiated before getting into the car.
Holidays and weekends
The official day off in Jordan is Friday, but many shopkeepers – Christians – do not work on Sundays. A number of national holidays are celebrated according to the European calendar, ie. always on the same day:
- Labor Day – May 1st.
- Independence and Army Day – 25 May.
- Ascension of King Hussein to the throne – 6 September.
Muslim holidays are also celebrated, the dates of which fluctuate annually within two weeks due to the fact that the lunar calendar is used to determine their occurrence.
Shopping and souvenirs
From Jordan you can bring Madab wicker rugs, bottles of multi-colored sand from Petra (it is better to buy them in Petra itself – there is natural sand of different colors from the canyons of the rocky city, and not artificially colored, as in most other places), handicrafts made from olive wood, ceramics and copper utensils, jewelry, Bedouin black silver jewelry and much more. Jordanian cosmetics based on Dead Sea products are also very popular. Unbelievable, but true: the traditional “eastern” bargaining in Jordan is practically absent. Prices, if reduced, are not much and mostly by Bedouin boys selling souvenirs in Petra. In stores and shops, sellers behave extremely helpfully and politely, but always with dignity:
Friday is a public holiday in Jordan. Christian-owned shops may be closed on Sunday as well. There is no single work schedule for retail outlets: each owner determines the opening hours of his establishment himself.
Citizens of the Republic of Latvia can obtain a visa at the border, the cost is ~30 USD. Non-citizens of the Republic of Latvia need to apply for a visa before traveling.
The most popular resort in Jordan is the city of Aqaba on the Red Sea. It is located near the border of Israel and Egypt, and the climate there is similar to the Egyptian Taba. But there is one nice feature. In Aqaba, a light wind constantly blows and the air is slightly cooler than in Egypt. The purest water of the Red Sea, a special microclimate, the possibility of a beach holiday all year round attract many tourists here. In Aqaba, you can study the underwater life of the Red Sea: there are 4 diving centers, several dive sites, and diving courses.
Jordan is also attractive for those who would like to heal at the Dead Sea or at the hot springs in Main. Its heavy and mineral-rich water helps with various skin diseases and joint diseases, and the climate has a beneficial effect on the whole body. Bromine, chlorine, the rarest metals even change the very air around the Dead Sea. Holidays at the Dead Sea will help you even if you just want to tidy up your appearance. SPA hotels have been built here, where you can take care of your skin with the help of unique local mineral cosmetics. Being of natural origin, these cosmetics are harmless and at the same time very effective, they will help you to make yourself look perfect. These hotels are located in the north of Jordan, where the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea.