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Jordan’s sole beach resort

Aqaba had a starring role in the movie, Lawrence of Arabia. And it’s easy to see why Hollywood came calling here. It’s a gateway to Petra – also known as ‘The Pink City’ thanks to its rose-hued sandstone buildings. This fascinating archaeological site dates back to 300 BC, and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Wadi Rum or, Valley of the Moon, as it’s also known, is another huge draw. This protected desert landscape is all rolling dunes, valleys and canyons. Aqaba itself is home to the only coastline in Jordan, and is the country’s premier holiday resort. It’s a port city, situated in south Jordan and overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, which melts into the Red Sea. Holidays to Aqaba promise relaxation on ribbons of sand, and a stunning, rainbow-coloured underwater world that begs to be explored with a snorkel.

Your Aqaba questions, answered

There’s a top choice, from swish bistros serving Med dishes, to laid-back cafés dishing up cuisine unique to Jordan.
The family friendly hotels, sandy beaches and watersports make Aqaba a sure-fire hit with little ones.
Mansaf, which is made with succulent lamb, rice and a yoghurt-y sauce called jameed.