Posted by on 17 Jan 2024
The Dead Sea is arguably one of the most enigmatic, otherworldly bodies of water in the world. Aside from being the extraordinary site of plenty of Biblical tales, the region is also known for its high salinity. It’s also famously the lowest point of the earth, sitting at an astounding 427 metres below sea level.
Furthermore, this mineral-rich salt lake’s pristine waters and surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful and interesting in all of Jordan. Here are some of the must-do experiences that await you in this surreal and enchanting landlocked lake.
Swim in the Dead Sea’s Mineral-Rich Beaches
When you think of the beach, you might picture powdery white sand and turquoise waters filled with wildlife, like those in Tahiti or the Maldives. But while the beaches along the Dead Sea are also magnificent in their own right, they’re very different from your typical beach.
Unlike other beaches and seas, there are no fish and coral reefs here. The Dead Sea’s high levels of salt make it impossible for aquatic life to thrive.
Instead, the high salinity makes the water incredibly buoyant. That means you can lie on your back and float easily upon the waters, making for an excellent way to unwind and bask in the sun and serene waters of the lake.
The Dead Sea is also known for its mineral-rich mud, which contains calcium, magnesium, potassium and more. As you swim in the lake, take some of the black mud and slather it all over your skin to reap its soothing and beautifying benefits.
There are plenty of beaches along the Dead Sea in Jordan, the most famous of which are Amman Beach and O Beach. These beaches are dotted with loungers, picnic tables, snack bars, restaurants and spas. With all these incredible facilities at your disposal, spending a day at the beach is one of the must-do activities in Dead Sea, Jordan.
Explore the Dramatic Canyons in Wadi Mujib
If you’re an adventure seeker looking for thrilling activities in Jordan, this one’s for you. Wadi Mujib is a river that empties into the Dead Sea. But it’s not your ordinary river. It’s also a deep canyon with dramatic waterfalls and rock formations that are an absolute feast for the eyes.
Many people venture into the Wadi Mujib Biosphere Reserve—also known as the lowest national park on the planet—to hike through the canyon to admire its narrow, sandstone gorge walls. The hike involves wading through waters and rocky terrain as you pass through some of Jordan’s most scenic rock formations.
We recommend going in the summertime, as heavy rainfall throughout the rest of the year can make the water levels in the canyon rise, making the trek a little riskier.
Take In the Views at the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex
To take in the most impressive views of this unique body of water, head to the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex. This complex doubles as a museum showcasing the history and features of the Dead Sea and a restaurant with breathtaking views of the lake. If you head here early in the morning, you might even catch a glimpse of the hills of Israel on the other side of the lake.
The complex is also the starting point of the Zara Cliff Walking Trail—a short, flat trail that rewards you with some of the most scenic views of the Dead Sea.
Soak in Thermal Hot Springs to Unwind
Another of the most popular activities in Dead Sea is taking a dip in the nearby hot springs. Ma’in Hot Springs, a famous luxury spa and resort near the Dead Sea, has stunning waterfall-fed springs that are perfect for relaxing after a long day.
The hot springs near the lake are known to be rich in minerals, providing therapeutic and healing benefits for the skin and body. Some might compare these natural thermal springs to those in Banff in Canada, which have also been used to heal people for centuries.
See the Sacred Bethany Beyond the Jordan
For devout Christians, the highlight of a trip to the Dead Sea is "Bethany Beyond the Jordan”, the UNESCO World Heritage Site where Jesus is believed to have been baptised by John the Baptist. Plenty of believers make the pilgrimage to the spot to dip into the baptismal pools themselves for a special spiritual experience.
Aside from the baptismal pools near the River Jordan, there are also remains of old churches and monasteries from back in the Roman and Byzantine eras. These archaeological ruins are a fascinating sight to behold not only for Christians but also for history buffs and photographers.
Visit Lot’s Cave
Another site of religious importance near the Dead Sea is Lot’s Cave. People of the faith will know Lot for having fled with his family as God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. According to the biblical story, Lot and his daughters sought shelter in a mountain cave. Today, after a quick 10-minute hike up a mountain, believers can visit that chamber as part of their Dead Sea pilgrimage.
One of the most iconic things to see in this cave is the enigmatic pillar of salt. In the story of Lot, his wife had been turned into this pillar of salt after she disobeyed God’s command not to look back at Sodom as it burned to the ground.
Aside from its religious impact, Lot’s Cave is also a terrific place to catch unique, beautiful views of the south of the Dead Sea.
Don’t Miss These Activities in Jordan on Your Next Dead Sea Expedition!
Whether you’re a history aficionado, a beach lover, an adventure seeker or a devout Christian, there is something for you in the enigmatic waters of the Dead Sea. From its dramatic landscapes to its serene waters, it’s a place you definitely need to add to your list of activities in Jordan.
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