Amman is the capital of Jordan. It is a city with split personalities. In Eastern Amman, conservative and Islamic ideals rule over locals living just steps away from Palestinian refugee camps, while Western Amman seems like an entirely different world with its trendy cafes, eclectic art galleries, leafy residential districts and world-class restaurants. The Jordanian capital’s true character can only be understood by visiting both areas.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Jordan then March to May remain perfect weather throughout Jordan with warm days and cool nights.
Top Places to Visit in Amman
1. Amman’s Rainbow Street
The street is no less glamorous, the mile-long cobbled strip stretches through the colorful and multi-ethnic cosmopolitan hub of Jabal Amman. There, visitors can enjoy the country’s most exclusive and exciting boutiques, night clubs, coffee shops and restaurants. The side streets of the blossoming neighborhood are home to a number of cultural institutions, including the Royal Film Commission and the environmental agency Wild Jordan. This is where urban cool combines with a spirit of Arab pride.
2. Souk Jara Market
On Fridays, the street is taken over by the Souk Jara market. Local craftsmen and artists sell their latest jewelry, wood carvings and paintings from the makeshift stalls, and the street takes on an almost carnival-like vibe.
3. Roman Forum
A relic of Jordan’s long history. Built in AD 190, the plaza was one of Imperial Rome’s largest public squares. Today, a row of columns is all that remains, but it is still well worth a visit to walk among the ruins.
4. Roman Citadel
The ancient pillars, staircases and arches that remain at the site are proof of the capital’s claim as one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The nearby honeycomb-colored Temple of Hercules was built under Marcus Aurelius in AD 162 and provides visitors with another outstanding view of the city.
5. Umayyad Palace
Built in the early-8th century. Visitors are greeted by an foreboding domed entrance hall decorated with dazzling geometric patterns before walking through a large plaza that was once the center of the administrative quarter. Nine separate residential buildings surround the plaza, and a colonnaded street stretching from the center takes visitors to the ruler of Amman’s decadent private residential quarters.