Aqaba is Jordan’s only seaport on the Red Sea, but it is much more than that and definitely worth incorporating a stop here into your tour to Petra. The city is known as the Jewel of the Middle East and is famed for its beautiful beaches, nightlife, and luxury resorts. The historic part of Aqaba has quaint stone buildings and cobbled lanes while the newer sections of the city have luxury resorts and amenities. And let's not forget water sports, museums, and more.
Pro Tip: As Aqaba is a special economic zone you can enjoy duty-free shopping!
The city of Aqaba, with its giant Jordan flag
Where is Aqaba?
Aqaba is on Jordan’s Red Sea coastline, on the northeastern shore, not far from Eilat, the Israeli beach resort city.
Pro Tip: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Aqaba make up a golden triangle of tourist sites. If you’re taking a tour to Petra from Israel you can usually include a stop in Aqaba. The Israel-Jordan border crossing is just 5km from Aqaba. Also, if you're traveling to Jordan, make sure you won't do these common mistakes.