Things to do in Amman
A trip to Amman is incomplete without visiting the beautiful Citadel (Jabal Al Qala’a), which sits on top of the highest hill in the city and dates back some 7000 years. At sunset it’s a lovely backdrop to the local children who fly kites in the area. In keeping with a historical theme, the Downtown area (Al Balad) in Amman’s west is a great place to explore the ‘real Jordan’ and frequent the food, spice and gold bazaars (markets also know as souqs here) of yesteryear still in full swing today. It’s also a great place for buying souvenirs — Be prepared to haggle. Co-ops on Rainbow Street — a great street to eat western food, people watch and shop the day away — sell local handicrafts with money going to the less fortunate in the area.
There are a number of high and low end galleries in Amman, especially in the east and in trendy areas like up-and-coming Jabal Al Luweibdeh. There are a couple of impressive museums (Museum of Popular Traditions and Amman Folklore) near the Roman Theater, an ancient and ominous theatre that seats some 6,000 people. For the more adventurous, there’s horse riding, rock climbing, go carting and a myriad of other activities available. Nearby, the healing properties and sunny swimming conditions of the Dead Sea await you as well as spectacular mountain views over the valley at Tal Al Rumman, Mahis and Fuhais.
The three-tiered Roman Theatre is a symbolic icon and landmark of Amman. Cut out of the cliff on which it lies, it has been restored and is one of the most impressive reminders of Roman architecture and history in the world.
Head Downtown (Jabal Amman) and enjoy Rainbow Street — as colourful as the name suggests, it is a hub for restaurants, shops, buildings of historic importance as well as the perfect place to catch a glimpse of life in Amman.
The number one tourist destination in Amman, the picturesque Amman Citadel (Jabal Al Qala’a) sits on top of the highest hill in the city and features artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age.
Temple of Hercules
The Temple of Hercules is a large and impressive structure dating back to 162 AD. Climb the path and join the giant part of what would have been Hercules hand to overlook the city below.
Near the Temple of Hercules lies the remains of a large mosque and palace complex with impressive domed entries and incorporated (and even older) Roman features still in tact.