There’s certainly a shortage of images in the mainstream media that depict beautiful places in the Middle East. I’m not here to go over all of the ugliness that is constantly on the news; I think we all have plenty of that in front of us as it is.

Wadi Rum, Jordan - 20 Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Wadi Rum, Jordan

I do, however, want to show you some of the top places to visit in the Middle East. Yes, there are some remarkable tourist destinations in this area. These historical places will take you back to some of humanities most significant “moments.”

We recently had the chance to explore two of the best countries to visit in the Middle East: Israel and Jordan. These countries offer some of the most famous cities in the area. Places that are even mentioned in the Bible! Talk about “social proof” dating back thousands of years!

Are you ready to be blown away by these incredible photos of Middle East tourist destinations? Warning: You may end up adding some of these spots to your bucket list!

Israel’s Top Places To Visit

Don’t miss these amazing places in Israel!

Jerusalem Old City

Western Wall, Jerusalem - Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Western Wall, Jerusalem

Undoubtedly one of the most famous historical places in the entire Middle East, if not the world, Jerusalem’s Old City is a fascinating site. Filled with history, infused with stories from several cultures and religions, built, destroyed, rebuilt and reshaped over and over throughout time, this place is quite riveting to visit.

Old City Jerusalem - Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Old City Jerusalem

You may need several days just to cover the entire walled city that is no more than one square kilometer in size. Though not a very large area, there is much to see within the Old City.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Israel - 20 Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Israel

The narrow streets and alleys will guide you through the labyrinth of this magical place containing holy structures significant to three of the Worlds biggest religions. 

City Of David

Older than the Old City of Jerusalem, the city of David dates back to the Early Bronze Age, nearly 4000 years ago!

City Of David, Jerusalem - Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

City Of David, Jerusalem – Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem it is an 11-acre ridge situated between the Old City to the north and the Hinnom valley to the south with the Kidron Valley to the east, and Mount Zion to the west.

Excavation has been going on here for 150 years, making it the most excavated site in Israel!

The Dead Sea

The lowest point on earth where one can float like a cork bobbing around in the water. Nothing can live in these waters due to the high salt content – no wonder they call it the Dead Sea!

Dead Sea, Israel - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Dead Sea, Israel

Here’s where you can give yourself an excellent spa treatment. After drifting aimlessly in the water, you’ll definitely feel relaxed. To rejuvenate your skin, all you have to do is cover yourself in the nutrient-rich mud that is abundant here. Your skin will feel extremely soft and smooth afterward!

Masada

Masada Fortress, Israel - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Masada Fortress, Israel

Situated on top of a rock plateau this “Fortress,” Called Masada in Hebrew, has mind-blowing views of the Judean desert and the Dead Sea.

Masada, Israel - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Masada, Israel

The ruins of what was once King Herod’s palace, an outstanding example of Roman architecture, also include a sophisticated water system and bathhouse with mosaic floors.

Akko (Acre)

Old Akko, Haifa, Israel - 20 Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Old Akko, Haifa, Israel

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Acre (sometimes called Akko) is walled port-city in Northern Israel dating back to the early part of the 12th century. Beneath the present Ottoman style fortified town exists remains of the original Medieval Crusader buildings.

Akko Old City- Israel -- 20 Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Akko Old City- Israel

The Ottoman architecture that constitutes this fortified city includes The Citadel, Mosque, Khans, and Baths. Tourist attractions in Akko that are a must see are Khan al-Ummdan, Crusader Tunnel, and the Old Town Souk (marketplace or bazaar). You also don’t want to miss checking out the Mediterranean Harbour right outside the city walls.

Acre Israel - Bahji-Baha'i-Gardens - 20 Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Acre Israel – Bahji-Baha’i-Gardens

A short distance from Old City Akko lies the Baha’i Gardens of Bahji. These exquisite gardens provide a place of tranquility and calm. Just strolling through will give one a most meditative experience.

Famous Middle East Landmarks In Jordan

Jordan is filled with some amazing landmarks!

Jaresh Ruins

Jaresh ruins in Jordan - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Jaresh ruins in Jordan

The Graeco-Roman ruins of Jaresh (Gerasa), sometimes even referred to as the “Pompeii of the East,” are a must see in Jordan. Second in touristic appeal only to Petra, Jaresh covers a vast area and is very well preserved.

Jaresh Ruins, Jordan - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Jaresh Ruins, Jordan

Jaresh Ampitheatre, Jordan - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Jaresh Ampitheatre, Jordan

Some of the most impressive structures here include Hadrians Arch, the Oval Plaza, Temple Of Zeus, The Cardo (“Colonnaded Street”), the Temple of Artemis and an amphitheater with amazing amplification abilities. 

Petra (Wadi Musa)

Petra, Jordan - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Petra, Jordan

The “Lost City” of Petra needs no introductions. This historical jewel in Jordan is one of the Seven Wonders Of The World, and rightfully so! It’s once of the most beautiful places in the Middle East.

Yurt Bedouin Camp Wadi Musa, Jordan - 20 Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Yurt Bedouin Camp Wadi Musa, Jordan

While it was the Edomites that originally occupied Petra, it was the Nabateans who designed and hand-carved the incredible facades and structures on the sandstone rock. Living in the desert, they managed to excel in their skills of water conservation and development of irrigation systems. You can still see evidence of their dams, canals, and reservoirs.

Tombs in rocks in Petra Jordan - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Tombs in rocks in Petra Jordan

The Nabateans prospered here thanks to their location in the trade routes of that time, and they put Patra on the map for being one of the most historical places in the Middle East.

Treasury at Petra, Jordan - 20 Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Treasury at Petra, Jordan

An incredible archaeological wonder, Petra is well-hidden thanks to the natural rugged mountains. From afar, it’s almost impossible to know it even exists. No wonder, that after being abandoned, it lay under the sand, lost for centuries!

Monastery, Petra - 20 Breathtaking Photos of Middle East

Monastery, Petra

You might recognize some of the areas in Petra from the Movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Petra should be on everybody’s bucket list of famous cities in the Middle East to visit.

Wadi Rum

Speaking of famous places in the Middle East, Wadi Rum happens to be one of the locations that the Matt Damon movie “The Martian” was filmed. The stunning, vast stretch of sandy desert has some incredible rock formations that may make you feel like you might be on another planet!

Wadi Rum, Jordan - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Wadi Rum, Jordan

One of the most breathtaking Middle East landmarks and home to the Bedouins who herd sheep and goats here, Wadi Rum’s astonishing beauty comes from millions of years of erosion and geological formation.

Camel Ride in Wadi Rum, Jordan - 20 Breathtaking photos of Middle East

Camel Ride in Wadi Rum, Jordan

The best way to see this incredible place in the Middle East is by riding a 4X4 Jeep through it. Alternatively, there is sometimes an option of experiencing a camel ride through a short distance in this desert.

If you want an even more authentic desert experience, spend a night under the stars in a Yurt style tent and wake up to a wonderful Jordanian breakfast in the morning!

Taiss Nowrouzi

Taiss Nowrouzi is a free-spirited, wander-lusting, travel-blogging, animal-lover who is a sucker for adventure! She is the creator and director of TogetherToWherever.com, a travel blog dedicated to providing tips and advice on living abroad as well as information to help people make the best of their travels.

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