"The Dead Sea" Muhafazat Madaba by MM212

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Wedged between Jordan and Palestine (and Israel on its southwestern shore), the Dead Sea is located some 420 metres below sea level, the lowest point on Earth. This natural wonder is in fact a salt water lake, whose high salinity makes it unsuitable for marine life, but provides it with extremely rich minerals, supposedly with healing properties. Though no major towns can be found on its shores, the northwestern corner has seen the rise of several touristic developments in the form of hotel-spas that provide a fun experience on any itinerary through Jordan.

My only visit to the Dead Sea was for a couple of hours in December 2010 on a road trip from Amman to Petra, with stops in Madaba, Mount Nebo and Kerak. Because of the lack of a specific location here on VT, I've chosen to write about the Dead Sea in the Madaba Governorate, which occupies the northeastern corner of the Dead Sea.

15-day Jordan/Syria/Arabia Itinerary in Dec 2010/Jan 2011:

Amman - Madaba - Iraq al Amir - Salt - Syria (Bosra - Suweida - Qanawat - Shahba) - Madaba (again) - Dead Sea - Kerak - Wadi Musa/Petra - Wadi Rum - Amman (again) - Jerash => Hijaz region of Arabia

  • Last visit to Muhafazat Madaba: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 18, 2012
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Interesting tips! It's hard to imagine a lake that is 420 metres below sea level.

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