5 Fun Things to do in Aqaba

  • two camels in Wadi Rum

  • Exterior of Petra, seven wonders of the world

  • rice, onions, turmeric, fried hamour fish

  • close up image of a puffer fish in Aqaba

  • falafel, lettuce, tomatos in Aqaba

  • a nighttime view of Aqaba

  • Aqaba flag against a mountain view

  • artifacts in a glass case in Aqaba

Aqaba is located in the Southern region of Jordan and is the only coastal city along the Red Sea. You can reach it by land, boat, and air. Aqaba offers a unique coastal city experience with a Jordanian touch. While visiting this beautiful city, here are a few suggestions for activities to make the most out of your vacation.

    1. Aqaba Archaeological Museum
      Aqaba has a very famous history, where the remains of ancient human settlements as early as 4,000 B.C. are still visible throughout the city. The Aqaba Archaeological Museum is situated next to the Aqaba Fortress, which was built in the 16th century A.D.  The Archaeological Museum showcases artifacts from a copper manufacturing site dating back to 3,750 B.C, pottery jars from different eras and Islamic stone inscriptions.


    1. Snorkeling and Diving
      Dive into the deep Red Sea year round when you visit Aqaba. The coast is famous for its rich marine life full of colorful corals and a variety of fish. The crystal clear water makes enjoying the beauty of underwater life an incredible experience.  Snorkeling along Aqaba’s coast is a popular activity. Japanese Gardens are highly recommended because of its multi-colored clustered coral of mauve, rose, red, yellow and blue. If you’re lucky enough you might even meet a turtle!


    1. Taste of the Red Sea
      Enjoy a local favorite by ordering the Sayadiyeh, this dish consists of rice and caramelized onions, turmeric and fried Hamour fish. There are many choices for traditional cuisine including, Mansaf, Magloubeh, Bukhari, my favorite out of the three is the Mansaf, which consists of rice topped with lamb meat and cooked yogurt, garnished with fired pine and almond seeds. In case you’re in a hurry, swing by Al Mohandes. Their Falafel sandwich and Chicken Shawarma sandwiches are delicious. If you’re looking to add even more flavor to these sandwiches be sure to add onions, your taste buds will thank you! Don’t forget to taste the original Arabic ice cream Bakdash. Experience the unique dance on its rhythm, the ice cream makers use a bat to make the ice cream soft, creating a melodic rhythm!


    1. Diwan The View – DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba
      Check out the best view of Aqaba city. The rooftop lounge at the DoubleTree Aqaba offers an incredible view of the Red Sea, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It is the trendiest rooftop lounge in Jordan, with local and international food and beverages as well as entertainment. My favorite drink is Diwan Electric and be sure to try their spicy cheese ball appetizer.


    1. Be an Explorer
      Ever wonder why Hollywood often chooses Jordan as a backdrop for its movies? Find out for yourself while visiting Petra – one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and Wadi Rum. These picturesque backdrops are located to the north of Aqaba and can be reached by car in a couple of hours. Both sites are very rich in nature and have histories full of mysteries. Petra’s engraved royal tombs fascinate the world with their ancient beauty. Wadi Rum has a spectacular desert landscape with very fine rose sand and the Sandstone Mountains. When visiting Wadi Rum go stargazing, hiking, take a camel safari or take a quiet moment to meditate in the desert.


Visiting Aqaba is a wonderful experience for those who like adventure, history, and relaxation. You can be a diver during the day and a Bedouin during the night. You can be Indiana Jones in Petra and a spiritual admirer in Wadi Rum. When planning your next vacation, be sure to visit the amazing Aqaba.

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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Siba A. Are you interested in traveling to Aqaba? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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