Seasonal,  Travel Tips

Visiting Petra in July: All You Need to Know

As the sun casts its golden rays over the ancient city of Petra, the warm embrace of the morning sun unveils a vibrant and enchanting side of this world-renowned archaeological marvel. Visiting Petra in July offers a unique opportunity to explore the rose-hued city at its most radiant, as the longer daylight hours and clear skies accentuate the breathtaking beauty of the iconic Treasury, Monastery, and Royal Tombs.

Though the summer heat may be intense, the reward of witnessing Petra’s awe-inspiring architecture and rich history in its full glory is an experience that will forever be etched in your memory. Embrace the spirit of adventure and set forth to discover the hidden gems of Petra in July, as the sun-drenched landscape unveils a world of wonder that awaits the intrepid traveler.

Below you’ll find a complete but quick guide to visiting Petra in July. I’ve included details on the weather, what to pack, and what to expect during your visit. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments so I can help you have an unforgettable time.

Petra Weather in July

Petra in July - Petra Exterior

The Petra weather in July isn’t for the faint of heart. July is one of the hottest months in the country alongside August. The daily temperatures fluctuate between 68°F (20°C) and 97°F (36°C). However, temperatures can exceed 105°F (41°C) if a heatwave covers the country. 

Bear in mind that the temperatures can feel even hotter during the day due to the sun’s intensity and lack of shade in some areas. 

Petra Open & Closing Hours

Petra has different opening hours depending on the season. In the summer, the site is open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

In Petra in July, the daylight hours range from approximately 5:15am to 7:35pm. This means there are over 14 hours of daylight. Why am I mentioning daylight hours, you may ask? Well, Petra is a large archaeological site. Besides its size, all the interesting locations you want to visit are accessible on foot. This means you’ll be doing a lot of walking in Petra, so you want to start exploring the Nabatean Kingdom as soon as it opens – and it will be light as early as 6am, so you’ll have all day if you want it.

Remember that you can also attend the Petra by Night experience, which is hosted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

What to Pack for Petra in July

When visiting Petra in July, your clothes will be your greatest ally against the blistering hot days. Here are some items to consider:

  • Sun protection such as sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are a must. Trust me on this – no matter how hot or sunny it is back home, Petra’s going to feel hotter!
  • Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabric is essential for helping your skin breathe, which is how you stay cool.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are also necessary, since you’ll put miles onto your feet even if you’re only there for one day.
  • A backpack to carry your essentials, including a water bottle, so you can stay hydrated and feel better during your explorations of the site.

Other Considerations for Visiting Petra in July

In addition to the hot weather, there are other considerations to keep in mind if you’re going to be in Petra during the summer. 

July is a budget-friendly time to visit. Unlike other months, July in Petra (and Jordan as a whole) isn’t as popular among travelers – the temperatures and weather can give you a hint of why. As a result, you can find great deals as hotel and airline prices come down.

In the same line, you’ll be able to explore Petra comfortably as there won’t be hordes of fellow travelers flooding the site. 

Always check restaurant and business schedules. Since restaurants and other places rely on the tourist trade, they may close or operate at reduced hours during the low season.

Have any otherq uestions about visiting Petra in July? Let me know in the comments below so I can help you make the most of your visit!

JT Headshot New

I fell in love with Jordan after my first visit in 2016; now I love returning to explore more – and writing guides to help you do the same.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *