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What is the history of Amman?
Jordan has a rich and fascinating history that you can learn all about firsthand when you book airfare to Amman. The story of Amman begins in the Stone Age when the area was home to one of the largest Neolithic settlements in the Middle East. Archaeologists estimate that this settlement was built around 6500 BC. Fast forward several thousand years to Biblical times when control of Amman changed hands multiple times between the Ammonites, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians before becoming part of the Roman Empire in 63 BC. Islam reached the area in the 7th century and quickly became the dominant religion. The Ottoman Empire absorbed Jordan in the 16th century, and its population gradually dwindled until a major train line was built through Amman in 1902. The city quickly became a Middle Eastern trading hub, the population boomed, and the city expanded into the place you’ll see today. Learn more about local history while holidaying on return flights to Amman by visiting the Jordan Museum. There are also plenty of historic sites to add to your Jordan to-do list after booking tickets to Amman, including the Citadel, Roman Theatre and Petra.
What are the best things to do in Amman?
Citadel of Amman
The Citadel is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and a must-visit for anyone visiting Jordan on flights to Amman. The site is located on top of the city’s tallest hill, and it has been occupied since the Bronze Age. Some of the Citadel’s artefacts date back to this period, but the major structures were built during Amman’s time as part of the Roman Empire. See the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Palace and a 6th-century Byzantine church. You can also pop into the Citadel’s Archaeological Museum to see artefacts that date back near 6,000 years. The Citadel’s hilltop location also means you’ll be treated to a stunning city view if you head there while holidaying on cheap flights to Amman.
King Abdullah Mosque
There are several mosques to see while holidaying on flights to Amman, but the bright blue mosaic dome of King Abdullah Mosque makes it stand out from the crowd. It’s also unique in that it’s the only local mosque to welcome non-Muslim visitors inside. Head into the bright and beautifully-designed mosque to admire its large octagonal prayer hall and browse a collection of art and artefacts at the Islamic Museum inside. Plan ahead if you’re hoping to visit King Abdullah Mosque in between your return flights to Amman as non-Muslims shouldn’t visit during prayer times.
The Dead Sea sits between Jordan, the West Bank and Israel, and is the lowest point in the world. Its water is famously salty, and floating along the surface is one of the most popular things for visitors to do. The minerals in the water and mud also do wonders for the skin (just be careful not to put the mud on your face as it can cause irritation to more sensitive complexions). You can head to the Jordan coastline of the Dead Sea while visiting the country on cheap flights to Amman. Amman Beach is one of the most popular places to go as it’s only about an hour from the capital by car. Take a dip in the sea and embrace the healing properties of Dead Sea mud by planning a day trip there when you book flights to Amman.
When is the best time to visit Amman?
Jordan has four distinct seasons to plan around while booking airfare to Amman. Autumn and spring are the most popular seasons to travel on return flights to Amman. Temperatures typically range between 20° and 30°C, so you can avoid the scorching heat of summer and the cold of winter. Hotels tend to increase their rates during these high seasons, so get the best price by reserving your accommodation early after booking autumn or spring flights into Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). The wildflowers that can be spotted around Jordan are an extra bonus to travelling on spring flights to Amman.
Summer temperatures are hot, averaging 32°C but often reaching 40°C or higher. You may encounter a possibile sandstorm when travelling on cheap flights to Amman in summer. An upside to the summer heat is that this is a good time to visit the Dead Sea and the beaches in Aqaba.
Come prepared for cold weather if you purchase tickets to Amman for a winter holiday. Daytime temperatures typically reach about 12°C, but the evenings often dip to around 3°C. Rain is common in winter, and there’s the occasional snowfall as well. Winter is the quietest time of year to book flights into Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), so you’ll find the lowest hotel rates at this time.