Dead Sea, Jordan Holidays
"Visit one of the many spas in this resort or rejuvenate your skin in the famous dead sea mud! This area is rich in history and there are many religious and cultural places to see."
A gorgeous area steeped in geological and historical significance, the Dead Sea will inspire and wonder in equal measure. It is the lowest land point on earth sitting a remarkable 429 metres below sea level, which when combined with the high salt levels in its waters makes it genuinely fascinating. It is also a place of healing and luxury spas, thanks to its high saline levels and regularly appears in the Bible. Health and beauty products across the globe make use of the salt and minerals from the Dead Sea.
The area is also a destination full of historical interest and is home to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This is also a great base from which to discover the freshwater springs of the Judean desert and the Waterfalls of of Ein Gedi. If you want somewhere that oozes history, beauty and culture, then the Dead Sea may just be the place for you.
Dead Sea Travel Guide
At A Glance:
The Dead Sea is a large salt lake which borders Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. Its name comes from the fact that it is impossible for any life, save bacteria to live in its waters due to the saline levels. Its mineral-rich waters have meant that it has been used as a natural health spa for more than 2000 years and many resorts are located there to this day. It was voted as one of the modern wonders of the world by National Geographic and is the ideal place for a relaxing and replenishing spa holiday.
The climate is completely unique, experiencing sunshine for the vast majority of the year. The coolest months of January and December average more than 20 degrees with July and August easily reaching the mid-to-high thirties. It has a unique atmosphere, which allows visitors to spend more time in the sun without damaging their health, thanks to its location 430 metres below sea level. However, we still recommend that you take the normal precautions, because it is better to be safe than sorry.
History and Culture
A large salt filled lake it is bordered by both Israel and Jordan and is the lowest land point on earth, lying a remarkable 429 metres below sea level. It famously appears in the Bible as the location of Sodom and Gomorrah, which God supposedly punished for false belief. It is also one of the world’s first health spas, with King Herod the Great building a palace, fort and spa there more than 2000 years ago. Since then it has always been known as a health resort and many cultures use the products from it as medicines and skin treatment. Its name originates from the fact that no fish can live there, due to the salt density in its water.
There are several family activities on offer in the Dead Sea. This includes exploring the many beautiful beaches that lie on its shores, where children can play in the sand or enjoy floating in the dense salty waters. There are also numerous great hiking trails that active families are sure to enjoy, including the famous Zara Cliff walk, which will take you over fascinating terrains and reward you with stunning views over the Dead Sea.
Tours and Attractions
Renowned for the healing qualities of its waters, no trip there would be complete without a stop at one of the many luxury spas that populate its shores. There you will be able to have a massage or enjoy one of the many invigorating treatments on offer there. Students of history should be sure to visit the Kerak Castle, one of the largest and best persevered Crusader castles, while the Jordan River Baptismal is a site of pilgrimage for many Christians, being the place where the Bible claims Jesus was baptised.
The Dead Sea in Jordan is decentralized, meaning that there aren’t any large nightlife centres. You will find bars and clubs in and around the resorts that populate its shores, however it is not especially easy to switch between them. There are also a series of great waterfront restaurants, which are ideal for a romantic meal with your partner. Thus, you will find some nightlife in the area, but if you are looking for a truly wild party, then you may be better off going somewhere else.
Due to its amazing quality of beauty products, generally made using local materials, shopping for beauty essentials is a must for anyone during their stay. They utilise the healing powers of the waters and can be purchased throughout the area. Apart from that the majority of the shopping is found in the resorts which populate its coast, with no centralised shopping areas. The Jordanian capital Amman is around a 45-minute drive away and has enough shops to satisfy every imaginable taste.