The 5 Best Destinations for Stargazing in Jordan

When most people plan a trip, stargazing might not be high on the list of must-do activities. When most people pick a destination, Jordan might make them anxious, unrightfully so due to tumultuous politics in the region. But would you believe that Jordan is one of the best stargazing destinations in the world?

With vast swaths of preserved and undeveloped land, the sky over Jordan is unbelievably dark and full of more stars than you can imagine – even if you’ve been stargazing countless times before. For those who are willing to head to an adventurous destination and who love stargazing, Jordan is a great place!

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I spent many nights of my travels in Jordan stargazing, and it’s one of my favorite things to do when traveling anywhere in the world. Based on my experience – both in Jordan, and in astrotourism in general – I’ve pulled together this list of places you should go stargazing in Jordan when you visit.

This post was originally published in December 2017, and was updated in November 2020 and June 2021.
Featured photo credit: Sam Amil via Flickr

1. Petra

Stargazing in Jordan - Petry by Night
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One can just imagine what the first explorers to ‘discover’ Petra thought when they first laid eyes upon the Rose City in 1812: how could anyone on earth have ever built this stunning city of stone?

While aliens certainly weren’t involved in its construction, Petra is the number one destination in Jordan for good reason. By day, the massive stone structures offer a stunning glimpse into Nabatean life; by night, the Treasury is lit by candles and starlight for each evening’s cultural show.

Even if you’re not planning a trip to Jordan for stargazing, be sure to book Petra by Night in addition to your daytime ticket. You’ll have a chance to see the Petra night sky and learn more about the history of this incredible world wonder.


  • Learn more about Petra by Night and ticket prices:
  • Stay at the Petra Moon Hotel: Book on
  • Pro-tip: Book your tickets for Petra by day and night at the same time and save!

2. Wadi Rum

Stargazing in Jordan - Wadi Rum Martian Camp
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There’s a reason Jordan has been featured in so many movies: Wadi Rum – the most commonly featured destination – is a perfect canvas for telling a story on an undeveloped planet.

Wadi Rum is a massive expanse of desert and another popular destination for most visitors to Jordan. The lack of development helps massively if you want to go stargazing in Wadi Rum. You can easily see the Milky Way in Wadi Rum too!

Once you get away from your accommodations, the stars in the Wadi Rum night sky become the brightest lights around; just don’t wander too far as the desert can be dangerous for those unfamiliar with it!


  • Book a stay at Sun City Camp and ask for one of their new Martian Domes. Inspired by the film The Martian, these geodesic domes will make you feel right at home… on Mars! Domes from $60 per night. Book on
  • Pro-tip: Ask your host at Sun City Camp where they recommend for stargazing near camp, but don’t stay up too late – a sunrise camel ride is a must-do!

3. Dana Biosphere Preserve

Stargazing in Jordan - Dana Biosphere Reserve
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Some places on planet earth simply make you feel like you’ve been transported to another planet. During the day, Dana Biosphere Preserve is just such a place, otherworldy and breathtakingly different than everywhere else we’ve seen.

The stone structures have long been a familiar landscape to the Bedouin who live in this part of Jordan, and because of the lack of development in the region, Dana also has some amazing dark skies – perfect for stargazing.

There are two great spots in Dana Biosphere Preserve if you want to enjoy some unparalleled stargazing:

  1. Feynan Ecolodge – Feynan Ecolodge is great if you support ecotourism but don’t want to compromise on luxury. They also have an on-site astronomer who leads rooftop stargazing every night. Learn more on their website; rooms start from $189 per night. Book on
  2. Dana Village – Dana Village is a tiny, remote collection of buildings on the edge of the great musa in the Biosphere Reserve. Look out over the vast valley once the sun goes down, and you’ll see the sky brimming with stars. Book a room the rustic Dana Moon Hotel from $15 per night.

Pro-tip: Be sure to book a daytime hike in Dana Biosphere Preserve with a local Bedouin guide to learn more about traditional Bedouin life in this harsh environment.

4. Ma’in Hot Springs

Stargazing in Jordan - Ma'in Hot Springs
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Aside from Feynan Eco Lodge, you can also find luxury a Ma’in Hot Springs. These mineral springs and waterfalls have drawn Jordanians to visit the area for centuries, and recent development in the area is now drawing international visitors too.

The Ma’in Spa Resort is the place to stay, with 97 rooms, hot springs, spas, saunas, and more. When the sun goes down, you’ll be able to sit back, relax in the hot springs, and gaze up at the stars. Rooms at the resort start from $165 per night. Book on

5. Amman

Stargazing in Jordan - Amman City
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To be honest, Amman is the least stargazing-friendly destination on this list. Home to four million Jordanians, there is a fair amount of light pollution in the capital city. Nevertheless, the Jordanian Astronomical Society is based in Amman and organize occasional star parties in the area.

Amman is also a necessary base for your Jordan trip, as the capital is near the primary international airport and centrally located. If you are lucky, you may be able to glimpse a few stars or meet fellow Jordanian astronomers while visiting Amman.


  • Check the Jordanian Astronomical Society Facebook page for any upcoming events.
  • Book your stay at Le Royal Amman. This stunning hotel sits on a city hill, and from the rooftop overlook, you’ll have a better vantage point on the night sky. Rooms from $127 per night. Book on
  • Pro-tip: Contact the JAS in advance if you plan to attend their event, they’ll likely be quite welcoming!

Want to go stargazing in Jordan? Let me know any questions in the comments!

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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.


  • Ananias Malachi

    Great, I love to visit Jordan, Petra, April is way to close, the summer are book for me, If never have any other schedule Jordan Tours, in Autum, winter, I will schedule my trip for next year.

  • Trina

    Hi Valerie

    Loving your emails the info is brilliant, thank you.
    I am going to Jordan from 5/6/24 to 18/6/24 not on a tour so I’m going to try and get around on my own!
    Would you recommend buying the Jordan Pass as it includes entry to the country?
    How many days would you recommend for Petra?
    thanks very much

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      Trina, hi! I have lots of resources to help you plan your trip if you look for different itineraries I have. I have never bought the Jordan Pass so I can’t speak to whether it’s worth it or not.

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