The Wadi Rum Desert, also known as the Valley of the Moon, is a very special place for me and one that no visitor to Jordan should miss. The sand has a very handsome reddish color and the ancient cultures which resided here have left hieroglyphs and cave paintings. Lawrence of Arabia made the place famous but nowadays its an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. Eco-tourism is popular here and you can sleep in areas that the local Bedouin have made habitable. I especially loved seeing the stars without any kind of light pollution. Some say you can even see Lawrence of Arabia's face in the stones. Sort of a modern hieroglyph, I guess!
This beach is the place to see a stunning sunset right on the Dead Sea. I was lucky enough to travel to Jordan, to see some of the most beautiful corners of the world, like Petra, and less expected, I had settled with one of the most beautiful and relaxing images of the world.
To reach Jordan I took a trip from Taba in Egypt, arriving by boat to the Aqaba port. If you arrive by boat from Egypt you must go through customs since you're change countries. Aqaba, Jordan's only commercial port, traffics 20 million tons of goods. Container traffic is growing. The Masterplan provides new equipment further south of the existing facility. So, some locations occupied by the port will again have an urban use, oriented toward commercial and recreational activities.
Aqaba is a totally different city from the rest of Jordan. It's sort of like Benidorm but Arabic. The streets are wide, the buildings are tall ... It's another world. It's really Western. Also, if you are there in the middle of the holidays, chances are you're living it up, like in my case. The streets filled with stalls, people walking, public beaches filled with people ... It's not a place I really recommend and can be skipped unless you go scuba diving in the Red Sea.
Walking along the beach in Aqaba, you get to a huge Jordanian flag that indicates there was a castle there years ago, which is now a local museum. The building still retains some of the past, although I admit I didn't visit inside because I didn't have much time.