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Aqaba

(3.8/5 based on 4,600+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: adventure, beaches, nature

Bride of the Red Sea

Jordan's only coastal and port city, Aqaba offers a wide range of water-related activities offshore to accompany its mix of historic buildings back on land. Spectacular coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba dazzle snorkelers and divers, while those preferring to stay closer to shore have numerous wide sandy beaches to choose from for swimming and relaxing. Travelers can round off their Aqaba itinerary with visits to a 16th-century fort, the world's oldest purpose-built Christian church, and a historic Turkish bath. The desert climate, with its warm winters and hot dry summers, is ideal for archaeological walking tours, cooling off in the aquamarine waters, or dining on seafood, dates, and ghee by the waterfront. Plan your tour of Aqaba and Jordan travel itinerary using our Jordan vacation generator.
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Aqaba has a smattering of luxury hotels and a few classy chains, while a range of budget accommodations suitable for diving-oriented vacations cluster along the northern side of the city. Family-oriented mid-range hotels are grouped close to the marina. The resort makes a popular spot for Jordanians and Gulf tourists from October through March. During summer season (June-September), especially on weekends and public holidays, it is advisable to book in advance.
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