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A little bit about Aqaba: on the distant shores of the Red Sea

Hello dear! How are you feeling? Today we will speak about resorts on the Red Sea in Jordan. What to see in Aqaba and in Tala Bay. A bit of history, beaches and tours.

My trip to Jordan was very spontaneous. After I didn’t get to India for yoga teacher courses there was a lot of days off left at work. Last-minute tour was the most profitable decision both in time and in finance. And the Wadi Rum desert and the Petra Temple became the decisive factors.

It was November and most likely not that season. I managed to swim only once — in Tala Bay. And it was possible to sunbath only a couple of hours in a midday. The rest of the time I was mainly in sweater. Some kind of a soft spring.

ATTRACTIONS

Aqaba itself is a small city on the Red Sea. There is an airport nearby where citizens of the CIS can be issued a free entry visa. The name “Aqaba” in Arabic means “road in the mountains’. The last few kilometers on the way to the sea is a real mountain road.

The city itself is not so rich in attractions. You can visit everything in one day. Aqaba's most famous place is the huge flag. This flag is not Jordan, but the Arab revolution. The one that was with Lawrence of Arabia.

The height of the flagpole is 136 meters, and the size of the flag is 60*30 meters. It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

Next to the flag there is the Otoman fort where Turkish garrison was guarding Aqaba from attacks by militant Bedouins until 1917. I didn’t go inside.

There is a shopping center Al Rahma. But to be honest everything is very sad there. The only advantage is the exact prices written so no need to bargain.

And if interested you can go to the Al Sharif mosque. Visit the Aqaba Museum. There are a couple of old city streets. The main entertainment here is the purchase of antiques, sweets and jewelry. That's basically all)

It is the only port city in Jordan. Here huge tankers are melting in the bay under the scorching sun. And behind them there are mountains of Israel.

They creep up to Eilat like a sand landslide. The rays of the setting sun gently envelop them plunging into a blue haze. Water and stone have changed places. The Red Sea is like mercury, saturated and hard. Winds never bother these waters. And only the airy mountains rise in gentle pastel strokes above the bay.

Aqaba is essentially the most common Arab city. A bit dirty. A little as if shattered. Sometimes it seems that many houses are simply abandoned.

People are friendly enough. Sometimes even too much). For example, at first it was very incomprehensible to me why all taxi drivers honk and try to draw attention to themselves so persistently. The most interesting thing is that on the second day the whole circus stopped as suddenly as it started.

WHAT TO DO

1.Go on an excursion. There are many options. There is a Wadi Rum desert. You can also get to Petra. Or go swimming in the Dead Sea.

2.Diving. There are about 6 diving centers in the city. The most interesting is The Royal Diving Center. It is 15 km from the city and has its own beach and a place for diving near the reefs.

3.Spa treatments. I went here. This spa is for women only and the atmosphere was corresponding). Massage girls here were from Thailand.

4.To fly. The Royal Aero Sports Club is located at Aqaba Airport (www.fly.to/rpacj). This is one of the few clubs of this type in the Middle East. On a two-seater light airplane you can fly for 20 minutes along the coast and even to Wadi Rum. Plus there is a tandem paraglider flight from a 3000-meter height or an hour and a half balloon flight over Wadi Rum.


TALA BAY

In Aqaba there are only city beaches where mostly local ones rest. They are not very well equipped. And dirty. And on weekends they are full. Well it’s unlikely that you can get a good tan while the locals fry their meat 5 meters away.

Alternatively you can pay at the coastal Aqaba hotel for a daily visit. The price will depend on the coolness of the hotel. Or you can go to Tala Bay.

It is a resort on the Red Sea,15 km south of Aqaba. You can get there by bus from the center of Araba or by taxi. As far as I remember, entrance to the territory was free. But in order to visit the beach you have to pay for a towel and a sunbed.


Tala Bay is such an island of civilization almost an oasis on the desert seashore. It is very small and very luxurious.

But apart from hotels, a couple of shops and cafes there is nothing. So snorkeling in coral reefs will be the only entertainment.

Next we are going to Wadi Rum desert. Are you with me?) MarrySav

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