Petra (Jordan)

Petra Travel Guide and Trip Resources

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Petra (in Arabic: البتراء or Al-Batra) is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the south of Jordan. It was an ancient Nabatean city, forming the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom, established maybe as far back as 312 BC. Nowadays it is the most visited tourist attraction of Jordan, famous for its impressive ruins and magnificent rose-colored rock-carved architecture.

From Amman, the city can be reached in a 3-4 hour drive. The nearest town (right next to it in fact, or a 10 minutes walk) to Petra is Wadi Musa, which offers plenty of hotels and restaurants. If you really want to explore everything Petra has to offer, staying the night here is something you might want to consider.

You enter Petra through the Siq, a long road and dramatic entrance to the sights that are on offer here. Here you are surrounded by desert and hills until you reach the Treasury, the most photographed monument in Jordan. Following are the Street of Facades and Roman Theater. Up high lies the Monastery, a sight that requires you to take 800 steps to reach it. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Petra is a city in Jordan's region of Ma'an. It has a population of 14,000, is situated at an altitude of 2953ft and the best airport to fly into is AMM (Queen Alia International, Amman)
  • The currency used in Jordan is the Jordanian dinar (JOD)

Petra Weather

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