DAILY TRAVEL INSPIRATION: Petra

Built around 2500 years ago, Petra is one of the most spectacular man-made sights on Earth. Located in the south of Jordan, Petra is easily reached by road from either the capital Amman or the coastal town of Aqaba.

After following the Siq, a narrow path through the rocky cliffs for around three-quarters of a mile, the beautiful facade of the Treasury appears to visitors. Carved over 2000 years ago as a tomb for a Nabataean king, it’s hard to believe that the ornate columns, pediments and statuettes were carved directly into the cliff with little room for error.

Nearby you can also find other royal tombs, a monastery and numerous caves that were home to Bedouin traders until 1985 when the area was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. For a different perspective on Petra, book a ticket for a night tour. The Siq and the Treasury are lit by candlelight and traditional performance featuring Bedouin music and storytelling takes place.

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