Amman is Jordan's capital city, combining ancient ruins with modern architecture, bustling streets and a blossoming restaurant scene. The city was originally built across seven hills, but has continued to expand and now covers 19. To the north of Amman lie the Roman ruins of Jerash, a must-see for any visitors to the country.
Whilst Amman is mainly a modern city, there are pockets of history dotted throughout, such as the impressive Citadel which sits on Amman's highest hill, Jebel Al Qala'a. This area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and the ruins of a number of temples still remain. Another remarkable site is the Roman Amphitheater, which was built in the 2nd century and can seat 6,000 people.
Those seeking to soak up the more present-day atmosphere in the city should head to Rainbow Street, which is close to downtown Amman. This is where you will find the most buzzing bars, restaurants and shops.
Whilst Amman may not be as exotic as the likes of Marrakech or Cairo, or have the glitz and glamour of Dubai, it does have its own charm, and we feel it is well worth spending a day or two here to explore what the city has to offer.