Jordan is one of the most instagrammable countries I’ve ever visited. The dramatic landscapes, red sand dunes and world-famous ruins grant a beautiful backdrop for every Instagram photo. So if you are looking for the most instagrammable places in Jordan you don’t have to look any further! Below you can find all my favourite spots together with some useful tips for each location.
1. The Treasury, Petra
The Treasury is with no doubt the most famous landmark in Jordan. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and it was used as a filming location for many famous movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Being the most visited place in Jordan you can imagine how crowded the Treasury can be during the day. (Okay I will help you, crazy crowded!) If you want to have the place for yourself the best time to go is right after opening time around 6am.
Another great time to shoot some Instagram-worthy photos without anyone in the background is around closing time. We were just headed to the exit around 5pm when I noticed the place is practically empty around the Treasury. That’s when we shot the picture on the left side! Keep in mind though that closing time varies between seasons – it’s 6pm in summer and 4pm in winter.
There are two amazing viewpoints if you want to see the Treasury from above. And believe me, you don’t wanna miss out on that!
The first viewpoint is only accessible with a local guide. Many beduins will offer to take you up there, for money of course. But there is another one, it’s a bit longer to get up there but it’s free and the view is incredible during the climb!
The viewpoint at the end of the climb was definitely my most favourite instagrammable place in Jordan. If you wanna find this viewpoint check out my blog post about How to Find the Best View of the Treasury!
2. Nabatean ruins, Petra
If I haven’t convinced you already with the above photos to visit the Treasury viewpoint, here comes another reason! I already mentioned that the view is incredible during the climb. Check out the below photos and now you know what I’m talking about! This landscape is so unreal, right?
You won’t meet a lot of people during the hike so no one will photobomb your Instagram shots. Although there will be almost no shade on the way up there so it can be challenging if you are visiting in the summer. In this case I recommend to go as early as you can while the weather is not so hot!
3. The Siq, Petra
Right after you start your walk from the Visitors’ Centre in Petra you will find yourself in a dim, narrow gorge created by natural rock formations. This is called the Siq and the trail that goes through it is like 1.5km long. At the end of the trail the gorge suddenly opens up and you will be rewarded with the most magnificent view: the Treasury!
Like the Treasury itself, the Siq usually gets really crowded during the day as well. The best time for making instagrammable photos is around opening time and closing time.
4. The Monastery, Petra
Most of the people who are visiting Petra only want to see the Treasury and that’s it. But there are so many other interesting sites in Petra! The Al Deir Monastery is one of my favourite places in Petra and oh boy – it’s totally instagrammable!
Although you have to work really hard for this view. You need to walk another 2.5km from the Treasury to reach the beginning of the path. After that you need to climb up 800 stairs to reach the Monastery. I know it sounds a lot but just look at the photos! Totally worth it, right?
5. Wadi Rum
You can find so many instagrammable spots in the Wadi Rum that I couldn’t even count it! Practically anywhere you go in this huge desert area you will find amazing and unique landscapes that are screaming for a photo.
The best thing about the organized tours is that you don’t have to search for any instagrammable places – they will take you to each of them! During daytime you will visit many famous sites like the Lawrence spring, the Khazali canyon and the Burdah rock bridge. They give you enough time at each location to explore the area, take a million photographs and enjoy the view.
One of the best times to shoot in the Wadi Rum is around sunset. The last stop on the tour will be dedicated for watching the sunset and trust me, they know the best place for it! After the sunset you can choose to spend the night in a traditional Beduin camp which I highly recommend! In this case you will have the opportunity to shoot some amazing Instagram shots around sunrise as well.
6. King's Highway
If you plan to drive from Queen Alia Airport to Petra you have to options. Either you can take the Desert Highway (Route 15) which is the quickest road or you can take the more scenic, but definitely longer King’s Highway (Route 35). If you have time and want to find some awesome instagrammable places around Jordan I definitely recommend taking the King’s Highway!
The photo on the left side was taken at Mujib Dam which is a 1h 15min drive from the airport. If you continue on the King’s Highway for another 1 hour you will reach Kerak castle where the photo on the right side was taken. You can enter the castle for free if you have a Jordan Pass.
7. Dead Sea
Floating in the Dead Sea is a true bucket list experiences! The best option to try out the floating experience is on the northern side of the Dead Sea where the hotels are located. All of the hotels have access to the beach and this way you will have immediate access to fresh water and towels as well.
However the water doesn’t look so good on the northern part. If you wanna find the most instagrammable spots around the Dead Sea you have to drive to the southern side! Park your car at the Coral reefs (2km south from the Mujib Chalets) and have a walk on the shore. You will find many amazing salt formations along the way and the sparkling blue water is crystal clear. It kinda makes you feel that you are walking on a Caribbean island, except the white beach is made of salt, not sand.