Main Attractions and Sights in Wadi Musa

Almost all roads to Petra meet above Ain Musa, a spring located on the eastern end of Wadi Musa. Wadi Musa is accessible via a 4 km long main road that heads downhill, as it offers spectacular sceneries.

The Taybeh Village located nearly 15 km south of Wadi Musa offers marvelous views of the city and mountains. Towards the northern side of Wadi Musa is the Beida Neolithic site, ‘Little Petra’ and a small campsite.

The Petra Kitchen is an amazing local initiative that enables a small number of visitors to get firsthand feel of Jordanian culture. The Petra kitchen is located on the tourist street, near the gate. Through this initiative, tourists can work with a team of local men and women to cook an evening meal and enjoy the meal.

Carved directly on the sandstone cliffs, the pre-historic Jordanian city of Petra was lost to the west. Located in the Desert Mountains, Petra was home to Nabataea Empire. It is very likely that the Monastery at Petra was either used a temple and later converted to a church or monastery. The Petra Archaeological Park in Wadi Musa is a declared UNESCO World Heritage site and a recent addition to the 7 wonders of the world.

The two storied Al-Khazmeh is 39.6 meters high and 28 meters wide. For the Bedouins, this was a treasured monument and the center consists of a pointy roof mounted with an urn-like structure. The Bedouins believed in this treasure and this building is thought to be built between the mid-first century BC and the middle of the first century AD, possibly as a memorial of one of the Nabatean kings.

The Areta Theater was founded during the reign of Areta IV (8 BC-40 AD). Areata IV attained fame and power with the annexation of Petra to the Empire in 106 AD. The orchestra stage and seats are engraved on the rocks, with 45 rows of seat to accommodate nearly 10,000 people. The podium is located in between the orchestra and the stage. A strong earthquake in 363 AD is believed to have destroyed many parts of this theatre.

The Sella Turkish Bath boasts a new facility in town with a comprehensive list of hygiene and therapeutic services including sauna and separate baths for men and women. Dead Sea products and mud are used in these salons for their therapeutic properties.

The Cave bar is the oldest bar in the world occupies a 2000 year old Nabataean rock tomb that is a hotspot for tourists as it remains open until 4 am, during summer months. In addition to beverages, this bar offers some delicious local food.

Outside the city
Located 90 km south of Amman, Jordan, the 220 sq km Mujib Reserve of Wadi Mujib happens to be the lowest nature reserve in the world. The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature created this reserve in 1987 to protect the bird ecosystem. Today, the Mujib valley has been developed for adventure tourism and numerous facilities, including a Visitors’ Centre and a beach area have been developed.

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