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Aqaba is Jordan's only port city, located on the Gulf of Aqaba in the extreme south of the country.

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  • Casino Casino
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  • Green space Green space
  • Harbor Harbor
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  • Monument Monument
  • Museum Museum
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  • Winery Winery

Points of Interest in Aqaba

  •    Aqaba Heritage Museum.
  • Aqaba Fort. Originally dating to the 14'th century, although the present structure was built by the Mamluke sultan Qansawh el-Ghawri (1501-1516) and has been revised many times since then.
  • Ayla (next to the Mövenpick resort). The old city that was established when Islam came to the area in 622 AD. free.
  • The oldest purpose-built Christian church in history (across the street from the JETT bus station, which is just west of the Mövenpick hotel.). A posted sign gives a little bit of information on the church.
  • Aqaba Flagpole

Aqaba Fort

Aqaba City Center Shopping Mall

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About Aqaba

Background

Aqaba is Jordan's window on the Red Sea. Historically the same city as Eilat on the Israeli side of the border, plans for a shared international airport and other forms of cooperation have cooled down in the past few years during a period of political tension. Aqaba has seen a lot of development in the last few years. This has improved the infrastructure and facilities. Be prepared for road maps to be incorrect/out of date.

Activities

Except the sea and diving, Aqaba doesn't have a lot of things to offer. The following could be of interest but could easily be done in one day.

  • Aqaba Fort/Castle
  • Aqaba museum, 1jd in February 2011
  • Fourth century Roman church

To get money, there are many ATMs on Al-Hammamat Al-Tunisyaa street in the city centre.

Spa

  •    Zara Spa, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba, South Beach Road - Tala Bay Area,  +962 3 209 0300, fax: +962 3 209-0301, e-mail: resort.aqaba.talabay@moevenpick.com. 09.00–21:00. As well as a sauna, steam room and a hydro pool with skylight, Zara Spa Tala Bay offers the latest in spa facilities. Included is an "ice fountain" designed to stimulate circulation and tighten the skin. A variety of fragrances and coloured lighting effects are available for showers and also supposedly designed to increase blood circulation. A hair salon, a nail studio and a shop with a variety of beauty care products are also on premises.

Scuba diving

  • International Arab Divers Village(hotel and Dive Center in Aqaba), South Beach Road (South Of Aqaba),  +962 (3) 2031808, e-mail: info@aqabadive.com. 24/7. JOD35 for introduction dive, JOD40 for 2 dives.
  • Ahlan Aqaba Scuba Diving Center, Al Nahda St., Hotel area in the heart of the city (The road behind the Movenpick Hotel),  +962 3 2062242, fax: +962 (3) 206 2243, e-mail: info@diveinaqaba.com. 24/7. Adventurous diving trips in the Red Sea area. Highly committed to the conservation of the local reef. Perform weekly surveys of the rubbish on particular dive sites for the PADI Dive Against Debris project. Snorkelling, try dives, fun dives for certified divers, shore and boat dives and beginners courses through to Divemasters. Digital Underwater Photography (which only 4% of Instructors can teach!).
  • Red Sea Dive Center, South Beach Road (South Of Aqaba),  +962 3 2022323, fax: +962 (3) 202 2323, e-mail: info@aqabascubadiving.com. 24. JOD40 for introduction dive, JOD40 for 2 dives.

Food

  • Al-Erzal restaurant, Aqaba Gate complex,  +962 3 201-3733, e-mail: info@alerzal.com. A Lebanese restaurant at the northern shores of the Red Sea (Gulf of Aqaba) inside the Aqaba Gate Complex. They offer a variety of dishes and mezza along with seafood and barbeque. Their delicious food can be enjoyed in the restaurant, where they offer both inside and outside setting, or on the Harmattan Boat where they offer lunch and dinner cruises in the Gulf of Aqaba. As part of the cruises, guests can dive and view corals; there are certified diving instructors on board the boat.
  • One of the finest, The Royal Yacht Club, is situated next to the water in an upmarket neighbourhood. They serve exquisite fare (mostly seafood fresh from the sea) for prices that are reasonable by Western standards. Service is fast and courteous. They are closed all afternoon and reopen for dinner, thus unavailable for a mid afternoon snack after coming from the beach.
  • Not far from the Yacht Club, situated behind McDonald's, is a very nice restaurant/bar called "35 Degrees East" (Aqaba's longitude), which is open during the afternoon and serves very well prepared Western food (including steaks and seafood) for prices that are also reasonable by Western standards, though higher than many other restaurants in Jordan. This is also a great place to get a good photo (from land) of yourself with the famous Aqaba flagpole in the background, without it being obscured by trees.
  • Syrian palace restaurant, Raghadan St, Hayl al madina, Al Awsat (At the right side of Al Shuala Hotel when you are looking to the hotel), fax: +962 3 331-4788.

In the centre of the city one can find very good hummus, falafel and shawarma (lamb meat in pita bread) places in many local restaurants. Prices start from JOD1.5 for a shawarma dish.

Drinks

You can ask for fresh fruit juices in most restaurants, and they are a treat! Many also serve the lemon juice with fresh mint in it, which is very delicious.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Aqaba on Wikivoyage.

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