If you’ve got an afternoon or evening to spare in Amman at the start or end of your tour, why not take this time to discover more of Jordan‘s capital city. Whether you are a serial sightseer, history buff, bargain hunter or foodie, there is plenty to see and do.
For serial sightseers: Visit the Amman Citadel
An ancient fortress that sits atop the highest hill in the city, the Amman Citadel boasts an impressive collection of historical buildings, ruins and artefacts dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages, through to the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods. The highlight here is the ruins of the Umayyad Palace, an extensive complex of royal and residential buildings. There is also the domed audience hall, a wide colonnaded street lined with arches and columns, the dusty ruins of the Byzantine Basilica, and the remaining pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules. A short walk from the temple is a lookout point with spectacular views of the city below.
For history buffs: Check out the museums
If you still have not had your fill of culture and history, then why not check out a few of Amman’s top museums. Within the citadel walls you’ll find the National Archaeological Museum, which is home to an expansive collection of artefacts spanning thousands of years. Here you can see examples of Dead Sea Scrolls, a 6000 year-old skill from Jericho and other ancient items. Another interesting museum is the Folklore Museum, located into the Roman theatre. A few small exhibits here display traditional Jordanian desert, village and city culture from the 19th to early 20th centuries and is well worth a browse.
For bargain hunters: Head down to the souks
Wandering through the souks of downtown Amman you can find just about anything, be it beautifully crafted jewellery, piles of clothing, furniture of all shapes and sizes, bridal wear, literature or a foodies delight. With so many diversely different and colourful stalls to choose from you are bound to find exactly what you are looking for, and at a good price too. Even if you aren’t looking to make any purchases the souks are still a fascinating place to explore, as you watch local people peddle their wares and go about their daily shopping.
For foodies: Eat with the locals
If there is one thing we cannot get enough of it’s that delicious cuisine that Jordan is so famous for. To add to your foodie experience, why not go somewhere you can dine with the locals for that proper Middle Eastern flavour. Hidden behind a wall of greenery, it could be easy to miss the entrance of Tannoureen, a cosy restaurant serving up an array of delectable cuisine. Sit indoors or in the pretty garden and indulge in countless plates of mezze, try the local wine and simply drink up the wonderful ambiance.