Jordan's only port, Aqaba, lies on the northern tip of the Red Sea. The waters of the Red Sea are crystal clear and have an abundant marine life. The Red Sea is home to more than 140 species of coral and countless species of brightly coloured fish.
The weather near the Gulf of Aqaba is splendid all year around. Even in the midst of winter the temperature hovers steadily around 20°C.
The water temperature averages from 22.5°C in winter to 26°C in summer. The prevailing northern winds from Wadi Araba keep the surface shimmering clean and the flows within the gulf ensure transparent waters. These circumstances make Aqaba one of the most rewarding spots for scuba diving and snorkelling in the world. Aqaba is also known for its beautiful sandy beaches, which on the southeast side of the town stretch out for kilometres on end.
For people interested in history Aqaba also has some sights to see. Recent excavations indicate that the city was founded after the eighth century BC.
It was a halting place for caravans and served industrial purposes for melting copper from the nearby mines.
During the ages Aqaba saw many rulers come and go. In the early days of Islam the walled city of Ayla was built and the floor plan can still be seen.
The crusader fortress was rebuilt in the sixteenth century and played a vital role during the Arab revolt in the beginning of the twentieth century.