Looking for travel inspiration for your next vacation? Take a look at my series of reasons to visit Jordan. They will surprise, excite and make you want to go there. In this one: Little Petra
Largely ignored by visitors to Petra, Little Petra is a delightful attraction worth visiting. Also known as Siq al-Barid, it was believed to be a trading centre supporting Petra where passing camel trains would stop and stay to conduct business. Like Petra, it also has buildings carved into the rocks, although not as large and grand they are still impressive.
In 2010 a major discovery was made in one of the carved caverns. Obscured by the soot from generations of Bedouin fires, who had used the complex after the original Nabataens had abandoned the area, were ancient frescoes that are over 2,000 years old.
There is no entrance charge and Bedouins sell a range of souvenirs, craft work and tea at the entrance. An elderly Bedouin man was playing a string instrument and singing at the base of one of the buildings in return for a small donation.
I recommend including Little Petra on your visit to the Petra area. It is quiet and feels like a hidden gem.
Based on my time in Jordan, there are ten things that I recommend you visit during the course of a one-week vacation. You can find out more on each by clicking on them to get more details, my thoughts and pictures:
- Ras El Ein Graffiti Amman.
- Roman Amphitheatre Amman.
- Citadel Amman.
- Little Petra.
- Wadi Rum Desert.
- Madaba Map.
- Baptism site of Jesus Christ.
- Aljoun Castle Fortress.
Disclaimer: I travelled as a guest of Jordan Tourism Board on an 8-night trip exploring Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, the Dead Sea and other popular destinations.