There has been so much written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place – it has to be seen to be believed…
One of the new 7 wonders of the ancient world, the Nabatean city of Petra, is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and of course greatest tourist attraction. The city of Petra was carved out of the sandstone rock face of the mountains and was considered an important junction for the trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
The entrance to Petra is through The Siq – a narrow, 1 km long canyon, the walls have amazing colouration and rock formation which makes The Siq an attraction in itself. At the end of The Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al Khazneh – The Treasury.
Beyond The Treasury a whole city full of tombs with intricate carvings, obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars, a Nabatean built Roman style amphitheatre and colonnade streets. At the far end of the city, at the top of the mountain, a climb of over 800 steps, there is the impressive Al-Deir – The Monastery
Several days are needed to fully explore this remarkable ancient wonder, however, most people can get to see the main highlights such as the Treasury, the Amphitheatre, the central temple – Street of Façade (Royal Tombs), the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice in a day tour.
Where to stay?
There are 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Petra and the neighbouring town of Wadi Musa. Plus a few Bedouin camps in near by Beihda or ‘Little Petra’