Dead Sea Travel

The Dead Sea is deep in the Jordan Valley, about 55km southeast of Amman in a dramatic and spectacular landscape like nowhere else on earth. Dead Sea travel offers a truly unique opportunity to visit the lowest place on earth and the world’s richest source of natural mineral salts.

 

Surrounded by mountains and sparsely populated, Dead Sea travel provides a serenely quiet vacation experience. However, the area was once much more lively with the ancient Biblical cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar all leaving traces of their civilizations which can be visited as part of a Dead Sea tour.

 

Past visitors of note included King Herod the Great and the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. No doubt they enjoyed healthy spa treatments with the mineral rich waters and black mud baths.

 

Visitors travel to Dead Sea resorts along a 30 minute drive from Amman, into a surreal landscape which could easily be another planet. On the journey, look out for the sign which says “Sea Level”. Dead Sea travel will take you another 400 metres down to a point 1,312 feet below sea level. In fact the bottom of the Dead Sea is an amazing 701 metres (2,300 feet) below sea level. No wonder a Dead Sea vacation is such a unique and spectacular experience!

 

As well as being the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea is also the saltiest. Rivers flow into the Dead Sea basin, and, due to it being the lowest place on earth, they do not flow out. The heat evaporates the water, leaving a more and more concentrated soup of minerals and salts in the Dead Sea waters. They include magnesium, calcium, potassium, bromine, sulphur and iodine and the waters are known to relieve the pain caused by arthritis, rheumatism and skin complaints. The salts are harvested and used in industry, agriculture and medicine.

 

The Dead Sea does not support any form of wildlife, and swimming and diving are not possible due to the waters having around ten times the concentration of salts. However, visitors can enjoy some unique experiences whilst on vacation in Dead Sea resorts. Floating in the buoyant waters is effortless, and visitors can lie back and read a book or just “hang around” admiring the beautiful mountain scenery.

 

For those wanting to combine Dead Sea travel with a diving trip to Aqaba, do the Dead Sea first, or the small cuts and grazes from the corals will sting severely in the salt-laden Dead Sea waters.