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Thinking of visiting Jordan in the winter time because you think “It’s a desert, it’ll be nice and warm”? Well, think again.

Jordan is a country that is lucky enough to experience all 4 seasons fully, including winter, which, depending on who you ask, can either be a good thing or a bad thing!

However, don’t let the thought of a cold winter throw you off visiting Jordan in the winter, because although it can get cold, there are still plenty of things you can do.

Winter in Jordan

When you think of winter in Jordan, you may not think of cold, snow, or even Christmas (seeing as it’s a Muslim country in the middle of the Middle East)! But that’s where you’d be mistaken. Temperatures in Jordan can get pretty low starting from the month of October/November until February/March time. It has witnessed many snow days and snow fights.

It does tend to rain more than it snows, which can lead to flooding and wet socks, so do come prepared and don’t take unnecessary risks like jumping in puddles… I don’t know about you, but I, for one, dislike the feeling of wet socks or shoes.

An important fact to keep in mind during the winter in Jordan is that some of the older houses tend not to have any central heating and many households keep warm using an indoor gas heater or a “soba”. These are generally safe and can help keep you warm. Bonus tip: Buy a “farwa” to keep you extra toasty. A “farwa” is basically a big fluffy robe type thing. Trust me – Get one, they’re life savers.

What to wear

Other than the “farwa” I mentioned above? Your typical winter gear. I’m not saying be prepared for sub-zero temperatures or extreme cold, but a good warm winter jacket and waterproof boots won’t go a miss. Although older houses can be cold, cafés and restaurants do tend to keep their venues nice warm to entice people in to warm up with a nice cup of Arabic tea with mint or a Jordanian winter favourite – “sahlab”.

More on “sahlab” later.

So, since you’ll be cold outside and warm inside certain places, I would recommend a tip my mother always gave me – Layer Up! It’s an easy way to stay warm and, if you feel too toasty, there’s nothing easier than just removing a layer or two.

Low Season

Like many hot countries, the summer tends to be the high season in Jordan which means winter is the low season (obviously). So there’s always a bargain or two you can get for braving the cold-ish Jordanian winter.

Most tourist places do tend to stay open during the winter time (unless the weather is really really bad), so you can always find a good deal for your buck while not missing out on any attractions.

Hotel rates are lower than usual and you can usually strike a deal with merchants or tour operators since business would be slow and they’d be more willing to take what they can get.

Winter foods and drinks

Since I mentioned it before, let’s start with “sahlab”. This drink is a favourite amongst Jordanians during the winter time. Sahlab is a delicious creamy and fluffy drink made by stirring milk with sugar and the sahlab powder, which is extracted from a flower. The best part? You get to add a topping. The most traditional toppings that you can get are cinnamon, nuts, raisins or coconut.

When it comes to food, luckily most Jordanian dishes are eaten all year round with extra delicious “bonus foods” that tend to pop up during the winter time.

Lentil soup is a crowd favourite; served with a wedge of lemon and some deep fried bread or croutons, it is sure to keep you satisfied and feeling warm inside.

Winter or not, you have to try the local dish which is “mansaf”. It’s rice, served with lamb meat that you pour some yogurt-type sauce on, otherwise known as “jameed”, with a sprinkle if roasted almonds and pine nuts that add a delicious crunch to every bite.

Other dishes to try would be “mulukhiyeh”, “galayat bandora”, “zerb”, “waraq dawali”, and many many more.

Best outdoor winter spots

Although most attractions tend to stay open in the winter time (depending on how bad the weather is… or isn’t), there are places that are worth visiting.

  • The Dead Sea: Due to the Dead Sea being the lowest point on earth and tends to have a desert-like climate, you can visit it at any time of the year and, yes, you can go into the sea and float on the surface since the water is so buoyant due to the salt.
  • Ma’in Hot Springs: What could be better than sitting in natural hot springs when it’s cold outside? You can make that experience a reality by visiting the hot springs during the winter in Jordan. Nestled between mountains, you can take a dip in natural formed rock pools and relax in the hot waters flowing in from the springs around you… Bliss.
  • Aqaba: The Red Sea calls your name during the winter time. Temperatures tend to be higher than in the capital, Amman, and if you’re a fan of snorkelling or scuba diving, then Aqaba is a must visit for you (even during the winter months). With some excellent diving spots and beautiful coral reefs, you wouldn’t want to miss a couple of days down by the Jordanian seaside.
  • Jerash and Ajloun: Weather permitting – Jerash and Ajloun Castle are not to be missed. One of the best kept Roman ruins in the world can be found in Jerash. Walk around the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa and take it all in before heading to Ajloun castle; a monumental structure to behold and walk around. After that, you can visit the Soap House also located in Ajloun where local women use locally grown ingredients to make health-promoting soaps.
  • Madaba and Mount Nebo: A short drive from Amman, Mount Nebo and Madaba are worth the visit. At the top of Mount Nebo, you will find a church that was built in the second half of the 4th century to commemorate the place where Moses (PBUH) was put to rest. As well as the small church, you will find some of Jordan’s best kept mosaics which will definitely make you awe in disbelief of their beauty. Madaba is an ancient town in close proximity to Mount Nebo and houses the mosaic-rich church of the Virgin Mary as well as various other mosaic pieces around town. It is also just a cute little town to walk around its little narrow streets browsing its market places in one of Jordan’s friendliest towns.

If those outdoor options didn’t make you itch in your wellies to come, then not much will. 😉

Best indoor winter spots

If you’re not a fan of being caught in the cold outdoors and prefer indoor activities during winter, then do not fret… There are plenty of things to do indoors, too.

If you’re spending time in Amman during the winter, then there are plenty of options for you…

  • The Automobile Museum: This place is a crowd pleaser with lots of vintage cars which belonged to the late King Hussein.
  • TIRAZ Widad Kawar Home for Arab Dress: A beautiful experience as you get to see traditional clothing and what they mean or represent. Each piece has a story to tell and a part of the culture to unfold.
  • Art Galleries: There are a number of Art Galleries scattered around Amman, most can be found in Jabal Amman and Jabal Lweibdeh. The ones definitely worth visiting are The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Darat Al Funun, Foresigh32 Art Gallery, Orfali Gallery, Orient Gallery, and Dar Al-Anada.
  • Turkish Baths: A favourite past-time during the winter time is to visit a Turkish Bath or “Hammam”. What’s better than staying warm indoors with a jacquzzi, steam room, sauna, as well as getting all the dead skin you’ve collected during the summer with a nice scrub followed by a massage? The answer – Not much. If that sounds lgood to you, there are a few options for you to choose from… Al-Pasha, Alf Layla wa Layla, Gaia’s Cocoon Spa, and Deniz Bath and Spa.
  • The Blue Mosque (The King Abdulla Mosque): Allowing people of all faiths to visit and located in the heart of Amman, the “Blue Mosque” is worth the visit, with its beautiful blue mosaic dome as well as its Turkish influence in the architecture.
  • Duke’s Diwan: Located in the oldest home in Amman, the Duke’s Diwan houses difference pieces of Amman’s history dating back from when the house was built in 1924. You can usually meet the duke himself when visiting the diwan, who will tell you stories of Amman that you could listen to for ages. If he isn’t there when you visit, then the house itself will tell you stories… Just listen.


Yes, yes… How come we didn’t mention Petra in the outdoors section of this blog? Well, the answer is – Because it’s Petra and deserves its own section in the blog. Don’t you agree? Of course you do.

As one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Petra is definitely worth braving the cold to see.

For one, walking around looking at the Rose City will get your blood pumping and will keep you warm. Once you’re done, there are a number of things for you to do…

The Cave Bar claims to be the “oldest bar in the world”. Nestled in a Nabataean rock tomb dating 2,000 years, this hot spot is definitely worth the visit to get a drink and get cosy.

Like mentioned before in the “indoor activities”, Turkish Baths are a great escape from the cold and there are a couple available to visit in Petra – Al Yakhour Turkish Bath and the Nabataean Turkish Bath are the two recommended to visit. And, of course, trying out local food never goes amiss anywhere in Jordan, and Petra is not different. With many restaurants to choose from, it could be difficult to choose where to go, so I would suggest either Al-Wadi Restaurant or Reem Beladi.

If you would like to divulge in cultural activities and have a meal with local families, then you can get in touch with us (Zaman Tours) and we can make it all your Petra dreams come true.

Places to eat

People always leave Jordan praising the food it has to offer… So, here is a list of the favourites:

  • Shams Al Balad
  • Hashem
  • Al Quds Falafel
  • Beit Sitti
  • Abu Jbara
  • Levant
  • Habeebah
  • Abu Musbah
  • Kit Kat
  • Sufra
  • Fakhreldin
  • Bourj Al Hamam
  • Karam Beirut
  • Al Usra
  • … And much much more.

Places to avoid

Although temperatures and weather conditions are usually okay, there is always risk or flooding in some areas which you should potentially try and avoid. Visiting wadis and canyons during the winter in Jordan is not advisable as they do tend to flood and are prone to sudden flash floods.

Always keep an eye out for possible dangers due to the weather and, when in doubt, ask locals for advice.

If you want to visit places further up North, do bear in mind that temperatures tend to be a good few degrees colder and so extra precautions should be taken for your trips.

Always check weather forecasts and call the hotel or place you’ll be visiting to check that everything is okay for you to visit before you actually visit.

Here to make your life easier

Of course, getting a planned itinerary for your visit is always less hassle (especially in the wintertime when all you can think of is staying warm), and doing it with a trusted local tour agency isn’t a bad idea. Zaman Tours will make sure you have a magical winter break in Jordan, taking care of everything you need and ensuring you leave Jordan with a big smile on your face.

As the Jordanians say to welcome visitors in all seasons… Ahlan wa sahlan.

Silvia P
Silvia P
Fantastic tour with an Italian speaking guide We received an excellent service and support from zamantours. Our Italian-speaking guide, Abdullah, was outstanding: he gave us precise and comprehensive information about places and culture, he was highly flexible in the program and tireless in his work. He has been a reference for us throughout our trip. Also Yusef, the driver, was kind and flexible. All the personnel were always punctual and professional.
Paula S
Paula S
Amazing experience It was a wonderful experience. Petra is an awesome place, breathless sunset at the Wadi Run desert, there are many archeological sites and significant religious places of the Bible.Floating on the Dead Sea was just incredible. Thanks to Ahmed, our tour guide, he's really professional and kind, with a great sense of humor and Samir, excelent and safety driver, both of them are the best advicers in Jordan.
Alberto D
Alberto D
Best experience in Jordan We enjoyed one week touring Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. The sites were extraordinary, the guide Fadl very competent and the driver Samir very kind. Hotels were first class, people always very friendly. Food very appreciated.
Maclain N
Maclain N
Skip the Petra by Night experience. Don’t be tricked into doing Petra by night. We saw it last night on 6/12/23 The production value is horrible and the show is really short. Basically by the time you hike down the show is over within 30 min and it is not lit well. The city of Petra is amazing by day and the donkey ride to the monastery was the an incredible experience but I would NOT recommend the night experience.
Deepan P
Deepan P
1-week trip to Jordan Excellent organization, accomodation, and meals. Our driver Hisham is very knowledgeable, great communication and attitude that made our trip memorable. Hisham is a very safe driver, took us often on interesting side routes, and made extra effort to show as much of Jordan as he could in the time we had. He is punctual, and checked on our accomodations and visits. Hisham cares deeply about Jordan and his guests
John Moorcraft
John Moorcraft
Family Holiday with 5yr old expertly delivered. We booked our holiday for our five year old through Zaman and couldn’t have been happier. Everything around booking was painless and easy. All airport procedures were a breeze and they fast track you through immigration. We were out of the airport with all luggage within 15mins of landing! Our driver, Sayall, was outstanding with my daughter and ensured she was the focal point of the whole trip. First class. I would strongly recommend the Hilton in the Dead Sea if you have young children. Very friendly and great swimming pool. The Labdmark Hotel in Amman also good for kids and 100pct do the children’s museum. Our kid loved camel riding in Wadi Rum and found Petra fascinating (she climbed up to the high place of sacrifice). She enjoyed snorkelling as well. I’d caution against the Intercontinental in Aqaba. The policies there on swimming pool access work against 5-10yr olds. I’d look elsewhere there given the pricing structure. Overall, if you want to go to Jordan (and you should) and you want to travel with young children then Zaman will have you sorted. Top agency and it really worked for us.
fabrizio g
fabrizio g
Grazie Sam! Grazie Mohammad Saleem ci hai guidato attraverso la Giordania con professionalità competenza simpatia sempre molto attento alle nostre esigenze. Lo abbiamo molto apprezzato
Cheri R
Cheri R
Terrific value, tremendous fun Samanta of ZamanTours, whom we accessed through KimKim, was honestly fantastic. She planned our itinerary around our dates and requests, got us luxury hotels and meals, and best of all--arranged for driver/guide Hamdi Das. We were able to contact her anytime and she was immediately responsive (we made an error and she was able to help us rectify it--cheerfully!). All communications were clear and easy--fantastic Hamdi accompanied us to every entrance (even hotels) and made sure there was never a problem. We had 6 terrific days in Jordan, and are so completely happy. On our flight home, we talked with others who had used a luxury tour group and our experiences were hugely better --at half their price! We highly recommend Samanta at Zaman Tours and Hamdi, guide/driver-extraodinaire.
Carmelo L
Carmelo L
Amazing tour of Jordan Dear Zamantours, We would thank you for the quality of the service provided us during our travel in Jordan. We were very happy for the assistance we got at the Airport and especially for the professional driver Mr. J. Al Z. who has safely and kindly driven us for the entire week across Jordan A special thanks for our tourist guide Mr.M. Al-S. that made an excellent job explaining us a lot of things about Jordan History and beeing available for each of our need. Thank a lot for your great work Kind regards Carmelo & Fiorella
Peter Tass
Peter Tass
Petra once in a lifetime tour Zayed was extremely helpful. Beautiful waiter. He attended to us all the time. And the cocktails were very well priced.