Aqaba ~ Red Sea
The seaside town of Aqaba is located on the Red Sea - The MOST BEAUTIFUL Sea in the world !!!
The Red Sea is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, offering some of the most colorful sea life anywhere; with over 500 species of coral and over 1200 species of fish,
below the sparkling Red Sea waters are some of the most fantastic dive sites in the world.
Aqaba - is the ideal(maybe Nr.1) destination in the world for diving, has 30 dive sites who offer opportunities for everyone of visitors to explore this realm, whatever their ability level, from novices to experienced divers.
Aqaba is also an ancient city (with nthe name - Ayla - in the past) that has the mark of history:
- Near the road to Aqaba's airport is a Chalcolithic site, Tell Maquss. Dating back to 3500 BC, it was during this period that copper was firsts melted. The site is full of brick furnaces and slag heaps.
- Nearby, the ruined Edomite trading town of Tell al-Kheleifeh dates from the 1st century BC.
- Excavations have uncovered a town showing Nabataean, Roman and Byzantine influences, as each of these civilizations moved through the region between the 3rd century BC and the 4th century AD. A 3rd century AD building has been found which may be one of the oldest churches in the world.
- Ayla became Aqaba under Mamluk rule and the Mamluk fort was built in the 14 century by Qansah Ghouri, one of the last sultans. The Ottomans did little to exploit Aqaba, and it diminished in importance over 400 years. Taken by force by Lawrence and the Arab forces during the Great Arab Revolt, it became a strategic port, allowing arms shipments and other supplies to come into Jordan from Egypt. The Hashemite coat of arms was added to the Mamluk fort after it was taken. Close to the Mamluk fort is a museum, housed in the former home of Sharif Hussein bin Ali.
Today, Aqaba is a vibrant town that invites visitors, to enjoy the sun, sand, and fun. With approximately 335 days of sunshine per year and an average water temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, it is almost always a good day to be outdoors.
Aqaba is also popular as a base camp for travelers wanting to see Wadi Rum and Petra.
With the sun, the beach, the history and all the treats offered at the fine hotels, visitors might never want to leave !