Little Petra: exploring the tastes and traditions of ‘the real Jordan’

A new initiative from a husband-and-wife team offers the chance to venture into the desert beyond Jordan’s most iconic site, in the company of local people

Jordan is spectacular, safe and friendly – so where are the tourists?

With tourism to the Middle East in decline, visiting Jordan’s mesmerising sights is now a solitary experience. But the silence and emptiness only add to their allure

Discover Petra on a virtual tour with Google Street View

Google Street View has mapped the ancient city of Petra, providing armchair travellers with a video tour of its historic sights – with commentary by Queen Rania of Jordan

10 of the best ancient ruins … that you’ve probably never heard of

Done Pompeii, Ephesus and Angkor and still thirsting after archaeological marvels? Here are 10 less well-known sites that can usually be savoured without the crowds