of Rum, leave the desert behind for the indigo colored waters of the Red
sea. In the resort town of Aqaba, stroll the tranquil beaches, or swim
out a short distance to the coral reefs, adorned with untold species of
plants and fish. Relax and remember all that you have seen: the welcoming
and gracious Jordanian people, and the heritage and beauty of their land.
When fantasy, sun and sea meet the charms and atmosphere antiquity, the
visitor can find himself, at any time of the year, at the Red Sea resort
of Aqaba. For water sports and winter warmth, Aqaba is warm, sunny and
inviting, fringed with palm trees, lapped by the crystal clear waters of
the Gulf of Aqaba, cooled by a steady northerly breeze, and ringed by mountains
that change in color with the change of the hours.
A dazzling undersea world of coral, fish and other marline life is just
meters off the sandy beaches. Snorkeling, water skiing, wind surfing, fishing
and a variety of other water sports, including unsurpassed scuba diving
For the history enthusiast are sites reflecting human habitation for least
5,500 years, resulting from Aqaba's strategic location at the junction
of land and sea routes from Asia, Africa and Europe. Of special interest
among the ancient and medieval archaeological sites are the early Islamic
city called Ayla, Aqaba fort, built by the Mamluk Sultan Qansawh el Ghawri
at the beginning of the 16th Century, and a very fine museum at the house
of Sheriff Hussies bin Ali, great grandfather of King Hussies.
Whatever the visitor's interest, a wide range of hotels provide excellent
accommodations, facilities for all water sports, and restaurants that cater
to the most selective tastes.