The top 5 foodie experiences in Jordan

Three man-made blue lagoons with a total area of 750000 m², and comprising a constellation of 17 white sand beaches are spread over the Ayla community.

Offering world-class amenities in a glorious picture-perfect setting, Golf Hills is home to Jordan’s first 18-hole golf course. The district offers a contemporary Ayla Golf Club and Academy, extraordinary guest accommodations, as well as beautifully designed residential apartments, townhouses and villas.


As part of Ayla’s mission to help create a prosperous community that embraces its natural assets, the company strives to develop the golf course to become one of the most environmentally friendly in the world. At the district, every detail conspires to provide its residents and guests with a spectacular experience. With over 12km² of rolling greens, the lush landscape features three green pockets with panoramic views of the area, paved courtyards reminiscent of a traditional Arabic medina, playgrounds, sundecks, and swimming pools – including an infinity pool overlooking the golf course.

The Avenue district is Ayla’s interpretation of downtown living on the coast of the Red Sea.
This pedestrian-friendly boulevard boasts designer brand local and international names in fashion and lifestyle.

Our walk-friendly roads will guide you through the cosmopolitan Avenue district, taking you from the modern residences and apartments to the vast shopping and dining areas, which lead into historic Aqaba.

Offering the perfect blend of land and sea – from luxurious waterfront residences, to a world-class marina, to the Marina Village’s unique boutiques and restaurants – the district’s pulse of the Ayla community. Encompassing modern luxury and historic beauty, the Marina District comprises 17,000 m² of commercial space, three hotels with approximately 700 rooms, as well as 582 residential apartments and private villas.


The district is also home to Aqaba’s largest marina with almost 300 berths, fitting boats up to 40m long with a draft up to 4m, and providing exceptional facilities and services that adhere to international standards. With its pedestrian friendly roads, yearlong activities catering to adults and children, biking lanes, world-class amenities, and a bustling nightlife, the district offers its residents and visitors the opportunity to get lost in the magnificent coastal allure of the Red Sea.

Dazzling entertainment venues, organic designs, and culture, unite at Ayla’s Creek District – creating an urban-spirited community bustling with extraordinary energy. The district is home to an exquisite beach club as well as a collection of contemporary riverfront residences that combine the perks of urban and coastal living. The district’s waterfront includes 420 townhouses and 72 apartments.

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The top 5 foodie experiences in Jordan

If the way to your heart is through your stomach, you’ll be in food heaven with Jordanian cuisine. Take in the irresistible aromas and tantalising flavours, born from a rich and diverse culinary history, and prepare to experience love at first bite with these top 5 foodie experiences in Jordan.



1. Wake up to a traditional breakfast


Start your day right with kaek, a delicious sesame-crusted bread, straight from the heart of a blazing hot oven. Eat yours with soft white cheese, fresh from the herds of the Jordanian hills, or slow-baked eggs, sprinkled with harissa and the ubiquitous Middle Eastern spice, za-atar. Alternatively, why not start the day with the local favourite, fuul medames? A concoction of hummus or tahini, warm fava beans, and a variety of tasty toppings, this delicious dish is served with pita bread or falafel for the true Arabic experience.



2. Shop the local markets


Perusing the local markets is one of the best free things to do in Jordan, but treating yourself to a few choice morsels certainly won’t break the bank! Immerse your senses in the exotic colours and spices of the souks, sampling locally-produced fruits like the sour plum janarek or a bag of luscious dates. Look out for Jordan street food vendors serving up aromatic falafel if you’re in the mood for a savoury snack or treat your sweet tooth to knafeh, a sweet pastry layered with cream cheese and soaked in rosewater and syrup.



3. Eat with the locals


Venture off the beaten track and experience the heart of Jordan by eating at the simple yet authentic eateries the locals tend to frequent. You may encounter the national dish, mansaf, a large platter of tender meat, smothered in yoghurt and topped with fried pine nuts and fresh cilantro. Mansaf is designed for communal eating, so tuck in and eat in the traditional way - by rolling the rice into balls with your hand. Alternatively, why not sit down with fellow guests to a Bedouin zarb at luxury resort Ayla? Delivered to a high-spec by a team of talented chefs, you’ll be enchanted by this traditional barbecue, and could meet some interesting characters while you dine.


4. Sample the sweet treats


If you’re passionate about puddings, the desserts in Jordan will sweep you off your feet. You may already be familiar with the buttery, nutty notes of more-ish baklava or the nougat-like texture of halwa, but there are more options on the must-try menu. Discover the donut-like dumplings, luqaimat, dipped in exquisite honey, and get acquainted with the creamy yet refreshing rice pudding, muhallabia, to make your foodie’s experience in Jordan complete.



5. Sip on mint tea or coffee


Cafe culture is big news in Jordan. Local people gather daily with friends, family, colleagues and even strangers to linger over good conversation while sipping cardamom-spiced coffee and mint tea. Accepting a hot beverage is also a time-honoured part of Bedouin culture, acknowledging the hospitality of your host. Expect traditional Jordanian coffee to be thick and strong while the hot black tea, flavoured with mint leaves, makes an excellent digestif.


With culinary influences from North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, you’ll find the list of Jordan foodie experiences will keep you busy for many visits to come. The best option is to return again and again to indulge in your favourites or learn to prepare the dishes at home to add a little Middle Eastern magic to your table.



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