Arguably the home of therapeutic tourism, the Dead Sea and its infamous healing properties have attracted tourists from far and wide for centuries. With a salinity of almost 34% (that’s eight times more than the sea) this sea is most famed for its buoyant, hot waters, but there’s a lot more to do than float around all day (unless, of course, that’s what you’re wanting).
Located in the Jordan rift valley at the lowest point on earth (423m below sea level) bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the west bank to the west, the dead sea makes a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of nearby Amman. Little-visited small towns and villages intersperse the rolling hills between the city and the lake, featuring typically bold and arid Jordanian scenery and wildlife. Salty crystalline coastline and rugged mountains make for a unique and almost otherworldly backdrop to feast your eyes upon, and if you’re not a fan of little nippers the water’s hostile environment means you’ve got the lake virtually to yourself. Nevertheless, despite the lack of water-bound species, the surrounding area is home to camels, ibex, hares, hyraxes, jackals, foxes, hundreds of bird species and even the occasional leopard.
Since a certain baptism the area has become a major center for health research and treatment, and the reasons are multifold; the high mineral content of the water, the low content of pollens and allergens in the surrounding area, and the higher atmospheric pressure. Your biggest decision will be which treatment to have – Climatoptherapy, Heliotherapy or Thelassotherapy, but if you really can’t decide, stay a while and try them all. The sensation of floating unaided on a silent, flat, hot sea, surrounded by hazy mountains would relax even the most wired urban junkie, and it’s little wonder this lake has healing properties. Best visit before it’s all dried up.