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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.

Expérience extraordinaire ! Des paysages grandioses un pays magnifique !Je garderais longtemps dans mon coeur la jordanie et les jordaniens qui sont des gens très sympathiques serviables et honnêtes ! Nous avons eu un guide Hussam au top et très sympa ! Et un chauffeur Naël très bon conducteur et sympathique ! La nourriture jordanienne est excellente ! Je vous conseille à tous ce pays !
Tim H
Tim H
Outstanding service ensured a superb holiday We tailored an existing itinerary to perfectly suit our needs and the trip was an outstanding success. from the second we stepped off our international flight, we were looked after by Zaman Tours who were outstanding. I work in tourism in the UK (promoting African destinations) and have experienced excellent services in the past, but nothing any better than that offered by Zaman. Organisation was by Maiss, our driver/guide was Murad and our tourist guide was Magdi. All were magnificent. They should be very proud of the work they did and the way they represented not only Zaman, but Jordan as a whole. We left the country having made real friends. We cannot recommend Jordan and Zaman Tours enough to others. Jordan felt 100% safe as well as very friendly and welcoming
Julia V
Julia V
So happy we booked this trip! This was our first time booking a private tour for so long (8 nights). I am really glad I found out about Zaman Tours, as they made this trip so smooth for us, so we would not have to worry about a single thing. One if the reasons why I chose them, was because they are a fully local company and have far more reasonable prices compared to the international tour companies working in the region. They have adapted the itinerary many times for us to fit our needs and responded quickly to all of our emails. A special thanks goes to our driver Morad. Not only did he show us his country, but we actually became friends during this trip :)
Alberto P
Alberto P
Excellent tour! Me and my friend went to Jordan for 4 days, We saw Amman, Mont Nebo, Petra, Wadi Rum desert and Dead Sea. The Guide Mr. Hussein was amazing, his italian, kindness, were very appreciated. The hotel's 5 stars were excellent. We felt very safe and recommend touring Jordan with Zaman Tour!
Aloke Das
Aloke Das
Day tour from Dead sea hotel to Wadi Mujib and Ma'in hot springs! We did the day tour to Wadi Mujib canyoning and Ma'in hot springs from Dead sea. Ali, our guide was very friendly and provided us with a lot of knowledge of local culture and traditions. He even gave us tips for restaurants to try a palestinian cuisine "Musakhan", and even offered to take us to his home to try the same. He ensured we got the best of Wadi Mujib and Ma'in hot springs and even found time for us to go souvenir shopping. Great service and friendly guide indeed!
Excellent tour Our tour was 5 days and starts at Aqaba to Wadi Rum, Petra, Aman, Dead Sea, Wadi Mujib and finished at Aqaba. All was organized by Zaman Tours. The Guide Mr. Faisal was amazing, his knowledge, kindness, are very appreciated. The hotel's 5 stars were excellent. We felt very safe and recommend touring Jordan.
We booked our trip to Jordan last minute and they organized all the itinerary for us and it was beyond perfect! This was the best experience we’ve ever had with a tour company. They booked everything and organized the whole itinerary for us. Visa, PCR test, entrance fees, hotel bookings, food, driver…I mean EVERYTHING! Our driver, his name is Issa, was the best driver. He took really good care of us, was prepared with water and juices and almost anything we needed. This was my second time in Jordan and was way better than my first experience. Definitely recommend!
The Best Tour of My Life!!!!! I did a private tour with Zaman for all the highlights of Jordan, and I don't have enough words to thank them for such an amazing and memorable trip. The tour was so well organized and they made me feel I was traveling with a friend. The driver was so professional and friendly and during the entire trip I felt so safe. I feel so fortunate to experience Jordan with Zaman Tours, and If I am visiting Jordan again, I would definitely reach out to them again :-)
JP Vann
JP Vann
The Best of Jordan with Zaman Tours We had little time to plan for our February 2020 Jordan trip, 2 weeks to be exact. We contacted Zaman Tours as they are accredited by the Jordan Tourism Board. Ms Eman quickly responded to my email and offered an 8-day private package that suited our budget. Ms Eman was patient in answering my queries and requests. She arranged our itinerary and our package included airport transfers, a good choice of 3 and 4-star accommodations, sightseeing and admission tickets, a modern Hyundai Sonata for our transportation, bottled water & wifi onboard and half board meals i the hotels. Local guide services in Jerash and Petra as well as Petra by Night tour were optional and can be bought either in advance or on-site. Airport pick up was a breeze. Zaman Tours representative, Mr Freddy, welcome and helped us through immigration and baggage claim. Our English speaking driver for our entire stay was Mr Shareef, an excellent and courteous driver. He was on time all the time. He did all the check-ins for us. During drives, he gave short insights about the place we would be visiting. He also gave recommendations on other activities you could do for extra cost like Turkish bath after a tiring walk in Petra, an additional jeep tour in Wadi Rum and a private cruise in Aqaba. Along the way, he would stop where we could eat lunch, drink coffee, use toilet or buy souvenirs. We appreciated his flexibility with time. We were able to adjust pick up times enabling us to stay a bit longer at our selected sites. We traveled to almost all the significant and picturesque places in the whole of Jordan. We went to Ajloun, Jerash, Amman Citadel, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Petra, Little Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Bethany and Dead Sea. We stayed 2 nights in Amman, 2 nights in Petra and a night each in Wadi Rum, Aqaba and Dead Sea. I had to say all the accommodations booked by Zaman Tours were centrally located and clean. We were also happy that we never had to worry where to have dinner every night as all dinners were included in the price that we paid. My recommendation to those who would like to see both the Treasury and the Monastery is to book 2 nights in Petra. My suggestion when buying souvenir items and Dead Sea products is to purchase them in Aqaba where the prices are a lot cheaper. And for the other activities, hotels offer more choices at friendly prices. Thank you to Zaman Tours... Ms Eman, Mr Freddy and Mr Shareef for a wonderful first trip to Jordan. Hope to be back someday... Shokran! See the best of Jordan with Zaman Tours!
mar muerto mucho más que flotar llegas a un resort 5 estrellas con todas las comodidades y luego te sumergis en el agua flotando con el barro de las orillas. el cutis y la piel te quedan increíbles. luego disfruté completo en los hoteles....