Cheap flights to Amman
A bustling café culture, spanking new high-rise developments and a new found vibrancy make Amman one of the up-and-coming cities in the Middle East.
Jordan’s capital might date back 5,500 years but it’s as modern a city as you’ll find in the Middle East. Known locally as the ‘White City’, today’s Amman is one full of trendy bars, cafés and international restaurants, coupled with a young and friendly population that know how to have fun. A redeveloped city centre has seen a host of modern apartment blocks, five-star hotels and luxurious shopping centres spring up in recent years giving this city a contemporary and almost European feel.
Learn how to cook Jordanian dishes like houmous, falafel and a traditional dessert from scratch at the Beit Sitti cookery school. The cookery lesson is held in an old house overlooking the citadel and old Amman. There's the option to cook lunch or dinner (Mohammad Ali Al Sa'di Street, Jabal Al Weibdeh, beitsittijo.com).
Wander down Rainbow Street, Amman's bohemian thoroughfare, with its bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries. A little square halfway along offers great views over the city and is often frequented by busking guitarists.
Submerge yourself in the pools of the Al Pasha traditional hammam spa before being scrubbed down and lathered in olive oil for a massage. Most people tend to wear swimming costumes so don't worry, birthday suits are not obligatory, and there are men-only and women-only hours (1st Circle, pashaturkishbath.com).