Ma’in – Jordan
Visitors to the Dead Sea should also take advantage of another nearby wonder, Hammamat Ma’in or Ma’in Hot Springs. Popular with both locals and tourists, the springs are located 264m below sea level in one of the most breathtaking desert oases in the world. Thousands of visitors come each year to enjoy the mineral-rich waters of hyper-thermal waterfalls. These falls originate from winter rainfalls in the highland plains of Jordan and eventually feed the 109 hot and cold springs in the valley. This water is heated to temperatures of up to 63° Celsius by underground lava fissures as it makes its way through the valley before emptying into the Zarqa River.
Mafraq – Jordan
Umm Al-Jimal, the best preserved of the ancient Hauran towns, is built entirely of the local black basalt, which here rests in a layer 150-300m thick over the underlying limestone. The jagged ruins are striking against the skyline. Although the dark stone gives a somber impression, take one or two hours for a leisurely wander and the atmosphere will grow on you.
Fassua – Jordan
Fassua fort was built in the late 18th century by Uthman Pasha, whose name is mentioned in the inscription over the entrance in the north wall. Relatively unaltered, it stands in contrast to Mudawwara which was repaired and occupied by the army this century.
Al-Hasa – Jordan
An important station on the pilgrimage route in southern Jordan, Hasa lies about 150 km south of Amman, west of the Hijaz railway and is visible on a fine day from the highway. Now partially restored, the 18th century Haj fort consists of a square fort, a water reservoir and a bridge across Wadi Al-Hasa. Like Fassua, south of Maan, the Hasa fort lies by the wadi. A fine stretch of stone-paved pilgrims’ road runs just west of it.
Madaba – Jordan
The site of Umm Al-Walid, situated 14 km southeast of Madaba, consists of an agglomeration of buildings which include remains of both large and small structures dating as far back as the Bronze Age, a late Roman temple, mausoleum, cisterns and barrages. Of particular interest is the Umayyad complex adjacent to remains from the Roman-Byzantine period. Like neighboring Qastal, and even Qasr Al-Mushatta, the choice of this site on the edge of the desert was connected to trade and the caravans which plied a route through this country.
Dabah – Jordan
A station on the pilgrimage route to Mecca along the Desert Highway, the Dabah complex comprises a square fort (25 m x 25 m) and two water cisterns. The fort was built on top of an earlier building, the remains of which are still visible under the northern and eastern walls. A re-used lintel incorporated into the new construction might indicate that the earlier building belonged to the early Islamic period.
Qatrana – Jordan
An important station on the pilgrimage route in Jordan, Qatrana’s small limestone Ottoman fort lies about 90 km south of Amman along the desert highway to the west of the Hijaz railway. Restored in the 1970s, the fort was built in 1531 and like forts of Dabah and Maan it was designed specifically for the protection of the newly established pilgrimage route built by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent during his reign (1520–1566).
Greece is a wonderful place to visit, full of history, sites, culture, good food and most importantly great photo opportunities. I want to weigh up two entirely different, and equally amazing sites to be seen in Greece, the stone forest of that Meteora, and the somewhat usual forest of Elatia. They are both unique, stunning and beautiful in their own ways.
Chisinau – Moldova
Not a very common destination to visit however should you ever find yourself heading to Moldova – Chisinau in January you should have a few tips on what to expect and do. Even though the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova, and being the main industrial and commercial center located in the middle of the country on the river Bic, Chisinau is a relatively small city with a total population of 700000 residents.
Faraya – Lebanon
Lebanon is at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, being just a few hours flight from most major cities in these regions. Lebanon offers archaeological and historical wealth, the country benefits from 200km of coastline and two mountain chains, with peak culminating above 3000m in altitude. The exceptional sunny climate and snowy peaked mountains provide unique opportunities to develop all year round tourist activities with the combination of outdoor, leisure, cultural and historical attractions.