73 km north of Amman, and a short journey northwest from Jerash, through a beautiful pine-forest and olive groves, brings you to the town of Ajloun, where Hadrian stayed over the winter of 129-30 AD, and built himself an arch well outside the town, leaving unbonded its sides for future city walls to come out to meet it. Here you will find the Castle of Ajloun or Qalaat Errabadh (Arabic for “Hilltop Castle”), from which there is a splendid view westwards into the Jordan Valley.
The Dead Sea is normally as calm as a mill pond, with barely a ripple disturbing its surface, but it can become turbulent. During most days, however, the water shimmers under a beating sun. where rocks meet its lapping edges, they become snow like, covered with a thick, gleaming white deposit that gives the area a strange, surreal sense like that of another world. Because of its extremely high content of salt and other minerals, the Dead Sea is devoid of plant and animal life. The tourist facilities provide accommodations for changing into swimming attire so the visitor can wade into the warm, soothing water. Try as one may, it is impossible to sink in the thick brine which is four times as salty as regular sea water.
One can, however, recline on the water to read a newspaper. Seaside facilities include a modern hotel with a therapeutic clinic and a restaurant /bathing / sport complex, meeting the needs of day visitors or parties wishing to spend the night amidst one of the most dramatic and moving landscapes in the world. Not far away, over the hills to the east, is another special water adventure: the Ma’in hot springs, now developed as a comprehensive spa, with a four star hotel, leisure, bathing and therapeutic facilities. For travelers in search of relaxation and therapy, Jordan offers healthful spas in spectacular settings. The waters of the dead sea are intensely saline and rich in minerals. At the lowest point on the surface of the earth, it is also a magically serene and quiet place. The lovely Hammamat Ma’in is another favored spot, with a hot waterfall, thermal springs and a full complement of resort facilities.