Petra, Jordan: Where to stay, where to eat, what to do and more

May 25, 2012
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GETTING THERE

Turkish Airlines offers a one-stop flight from Washington Dulles to Amman, with early September fares currently starting at $932. A daily bus (www.jett.com.jo) travels the 160 miles between Amman and Petra.

WHERE TO STAY

Edom Hotel

Tourist Street

011-962-3215-6995

www.edomhotelpetra.com

Steps from Petra’s entrance, with a cavelike restaurant inspired by the ancient site. A double costs about $70.

Petra Moon

Visitor Center Street

011-962-3215-6220 

www.petramoonhotel.com

New, modern hotel with roof garden and swimming pool. A double costs about $90.

WHERE TO EAT

Red Cave 

Near Petra Main Gate

011-962-3215-7799

Try traditional Bedouin dishes such as mensal, herbed lamb cooked in yogurt and served with rice. An entree is about $10.

Al Qantarah

Just off Tourist Street

011-962-3215-5535

www.al-qantarah.com

Specializing in Jordanian cuisine. Enjoy breads and meats cooked in a traditional clay oven. An entree costs about $7.

WHAT TO DO

Petra Archaeological Park

28 Wadi Mousa

011-962-3215-7093

www.petrapark.com

Climb 800 rock-cut steps to the Monastery, marvel at a massive Roman-style theater or peek inside some of the intricately carved tombs. One-day ticket, $70. Summer hours 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; winter 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Petra by Night

28 Wadi Mousa

011-962-3215-7093

Take in traditional Bedouin music in the shadow of the Treasury illuminated by 1,800 candles. Events run from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets, which cost $17, may be purchased at the Petra Site Office.

Little Petra

Beidha; 011-962-3215-7093

www.visitpetra.jo

Explore a miniature version of Petra in this former suburb of the main city. Keep an eye out for the ceiling fresco, a rare example of Nabatean painting. Summer hours 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; winter 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

INFORMATION

na2.visitjordan.com

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