Royal Urn Tomb view over Petra landscape, Jordan
– Much of the desert is flat, hard and featureless except for Wadi Rum.
– Amman and Aqaba are not attractive, though Aqaba has a couple of up-market resorts with beaches on the Red Sea.
– Tourist infrastructure is still undeveloped – in other words cold beer and sandwiches are not always available and the hotel selection is limited.
Best season in Jordan
Best: April, May, June, September, October
Worst: July-August due to excessive heat, Sirocco winds and possible sandstorms. Average summer temperatures range from 20C-35C but over 40C is not unusual. November-March is the cool, wet and windy season with temperatures averaging 5C-10C, warmish during the day but very chilly in the evenings.
Length of Stay:
Minimum worthwhile stay, not incl. flights/border crossings: 2 days (Wadi Rum – Petra via Aqaba).
Recommended: 10 days for a circuit through Wadi Rum, Petra, Jerash, Dead Sea and Aqaba.
During Ramadan most, if not all Muslims will neither eat nor drink during the daytime and consequently many cafes, restaurants and even shops may open only after sunset; public eating, drinking and smoking by tourists may upset the locals. In one Muslim country the only alcohol served to us during our visit was in a teapot, into tea cups in a first class hotel.
Furthermore service personnel may be missing, careless or irritable during the daytime.
The last day of Ramadan, known as Idd al Fitr, can be a wild time with much celebrating, depending on location.
Dates depend on the full moon rising in your location so they may differ by one day depending on where you plan to be.
In 2019 Ramadan will start on the 6 May and will continue for 30 days until the 4 of June.