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Aqaba, the jewel of Jordan, is an enchanting destination known for its mesmerising coral reefs, charming seaside resorts, and awe-inspiring historical sites. Whether you're planning a holiday with the family, a romantic retreat for two, or a group getaway with friends, Aqaba welcomes you with an amazing diversity of experiences and adventures. Jordan's only coastal town promises an unforgettable sunny break, filled with water sports, archaeological delights, and intoxicating Middle Eastern culture. From budget to luxury, there's a holiday for every visitor in captivating Aqaba.
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Aqaba Marine Park
With its rich biodiversity, Aqaba Marine Park is a paradise for nature lovers and divers. With vibrant coral reefs, fascinating sea life, and crystal-clear waters, the park is perfect for unforgettable underwater adventures.
For history buffs, Aqaba Castle, also known as Mamluk Fort, offers a remarkable journey into the town's colourful past. Originally built by crusaders, the castle offers fascinating insights into the region's bygone eras.
The ancient Islamic city of Ayla is an archaeological marvel. As the first Islamic city outside of the Arabian Peninsula, Ayla's remnants provide a unique perspective on early Islamic architecture and culture.
For modern comforts, head to Berengaria Mall, Aqaba's premier shopping center, filled with international brands, delicious eateries, and fantastic entertainment facilities.
An absolute gem for beach lovers, Al-Ghandour Beach is the ideal spot for lounging on the sandy shores, dipping into the warm waters, and soaking up the sun in this idyllic setting.
For family holidays, Aqaba's beach resorts provide extensive facilities such as kids' clubs, pools and a range of on-site dining options. Consider staying near Al-Ghandour Beach or The Intercontinental Hotel area, where everything a family might need is at your fingertips.
For couples seeking a romantic getaway, the Tala Bay area offers upscale, secluded resorts perfect for a retreat. Enjoy stunning views, candlelit dinners and the tranquillity of a luxurious setting.
Holiday with Friends
If you're travelling with friends, a stay in the city centre guarantees easy access to shopping, dining and nightlife. Establishments such as the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel or the Movenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba offer both convenience and comfort.
For the best weather and diving conditions in Aqaba, consider visiting between March and May or September to November, when the climate is mild and the sea is calm. With warm temperatures averaging 20-35°C, these periods make for excellent beach and water sports conditions, without the intense summer heat.
The summer months (June to August), though hot with temperatures that can peak at 40°C, bring in many snorkelers and divers, drawn by the crystal-clear visibility in the Red Sea. However, if you can handle cooler temperatures and love a good bargain, consider visiting during the winter period (December to February), when the crowds are fewer and hotel prices are slashed.
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