If Jordan isn’t already on your family’s dream destination list, you could be missing a serious trick. Mini-adventurers will be left wide-eyed with wonder by the stunning desert scenery while beautiful beach resorts offer opportunities to bond and relax together. Children are universally adored in Jordan, so there’s no better ice-breaker when getting to know the locals, and with regular flights just a few hours from the UK and Europe, you have a good chance of avoiding ‘Are we there yet?’ territory. Here are the top 5 family activities in Jordan to add to your holiday hit-list…
1. Make a splash in the Red Sea
Stay in the temperate coastal town of Aqaba for easy access to the glorious Red Sea’s best swimming spots. A pristine coral reef offers older children the chance to don a snorkel and discover the underwater world while calm waters and sweeping sands provide plenty of paddling opportunities for little ones. Why not hop on board one of Aqaba’s famous glass-bottom boat tours to see what’s under the sea without getting wet?
2. Unwind at the B12 Beach Club
Treat the whole family to a touch of the luxe life and book your accommodation at Ayla, one of Jordan’s swankiest resorts. Spend the day relaxing on a comfortable day bed at the blissful B12 Beach Club while the kids play in the soft white sands and tranquil sea-water lagoon. With all-day dining and a selection of non-motorised water sports to choose from, it’s all too easy to entertain the troops while enjoying some much-needed peace.
3. Tuck into new and delicious food
One of the best things about travelling in Jordan with kids is the abundance of tasty new foods that even the pickiest eaters might find hard to resist. Many Middle Eastern specialties can be served as a mezze, so there’s a selection to pick and choose from rather than placing your bets on one choice. Dig into finger foods like falafel, hummus, and kibbeh, or spend a magical night in a desert camp for a traditional Bedouin barbecue.
4. Float in the Dead Sea
As one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, the Dead Sea will teach your kids a thing or two about science as well as providing some laughs along the way. Due to the extremely high salt concentration of the waters, it is impossible to swim - you simply float to the surface with no effort at all. What’s more, the mud at the Dead Sea is renowned for its healing properties and nutrients. What better excuse to get a little bit messy and pamper each other with a DIY spa treatment?
5. Step back in time at Petra
The Lost City of Petra may be a familiar sight to some, having made an appearance in movies like Indiana Jones and Transformers, but nothing compares to the experience of exploring these rose-tinted ruins in real life. While Petra might be a giant adventure playground, filled with awe-inspiring temples and tombs, there’s a lot of walking involved which could take its toll on little legs. Consider bringing an off-road stroller or carrier if you’re hoping to hit up all the treasures of the site, and you’ll be all set for a fascinating day out.
You’ll make memories that last a lifetime when travelling in Jordan with kids. And a stay at luxury development Ayla would be the cherry on the cake.