Red earth, black mountains, pink rocks—think Jordan and you’ll already have a painterly land appear in your head. But there’s far more to the story of Jordan’s landscapes then these three shades. There’s also the dark olive green of its northern forests, the dazzling yellow of its spring blooms and the bright sparkling deep blues of the sea, itself a gateway to a technicolour underwater world. Come and discover Jordan’s beautifully diverse colour palette…
SAPPHIRE BLUE: RED SEA
Unless you’re a keen diver, you might not know about Jordan’s only coastal town Aqaba. But this is one of the country’s most colourful jewels. Here the Red Sea stretches out in a glittering sheet of sapphire hues. But the brilliance of the surface is just the beginning, grab your snorkel or diving gear and enter the water and you’ll discover a world alive with neon-coloured fish and coral.
SUNSHINE YELLOW: JERASH IN SPRING
In spring, across the country Jordan’s landscapes become peppered with colour as shrubs and flowers bloom in its wadis and mountains. But most striking is the Roman city of Jerash, the ruins of which, already an impressive sight, are in spring is set alight in a sun-bright field of yellow wildflowers.
EVERGREEN: AJLOUN FOREST
One place that holds its colour all year round is the beautiful Ajlourn Forest Reserve. It covers 13 square kilometres of Jordan’s northern highlands in a lush swath of evergreen oak, pine and wild pistachio and strawberry trees. It’s green hills a popular weekend haunt for Jordan’s city folk who find the colour and cool air particularly refreshing in the hotter months.
FIERY RED: WADI RUM’S DESERT
There’s a reason the Wadi Rum Desert plays the role of Mars so often on screen, it’s red rock monoliths are some of the most awe-inspiring colours in Jordan. Its dunes roll out in hues of rust to burnt orange—colours that are set ablaze every time at sun sinks at the end of the day. The sunsets here are some of the most magnificent we’ve ever seen.
ROSE PINK: PETRA
Ah, but of course we couldn’t talk about Jordan’s incredible colours without giving a nod to its most iconic hue—the rose-pink of Petra. The rocks from which this magnificent city was hewn actually come in rippling shades that range from pale orange and pink to magenta, but it’s at sunset that the true colours shine and the facades of the Treasury and tombs blush their prettiest pink.