- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Petra, Jordan
Petra, the fabled "rose red city, half as old as time", is a well known ancient Nabataean city in the south of Jordan. Due to its breathtaking grandeur and fabulous ruins, Petra was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. There’s nothing else like Petra. It really should be in your bucketlist.
Before visiting Petra you may have many questions. Here we will try to give the answers of the most relevant questions that you may have. If you are wondering about the best time to visit Petra you must note that Petra is a stiflingly hot place in the height of summer (36°C!): best instead to go during spring (March – May) or autumn (September to November). Temperatures then are pleasant and warm – around 18-25°C. As for the time of day to visit, if you’re particularly determined get ahead of the crowds and go with the sunrise at 5am. It means you’ll escape the heat, and have the city nearly to yourself away from other day-trippers. If you really can’t face an early morning, arrive at 3pm to miss the worst of the midday glare and stick around until sunset – the quality of light makes the rocks glow an incredible ruby colour.
If you wonder if there are places to eat and drink in Petra so you must know that there are restaurants on site, and you’ll receive a free map with your ticket so you can locate them. We’d suggest bringing a packed lunch and eating outside.
There is also another question that may worry you before you will go to Petra. It is about the top sights that you surely would like to see.
Entering through the Siq is a dramatic and atmospheric introduction to the ancient city. You come out the other side of this passage at The Treasury, a rock-cut temple that’s the most-photographed part of the site due to its starring role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The next big thing to do is to hike up 822 steps carved out of the mountain to the Monastery building – its large, intricately carved façade and views looking out over the surrounding valleys are stunning. Other things to see include the pillars of the Hadrian Gate and the Cardo beyond it – a long street that was once the ancient city’s main thoroughfare.
The rock-face holds the carved-out tomb of Nabatean ruler Uneishu, as well as other fantastical tombs named the Obelisk, Urn and the Silk Tomb. The ‘street of facades’ also holds smaller tombs that were used by less rich families.
We hope you will enjoy your trip to this ancient city of wonder.