In 2007, the Jordanian post issued a set of four stamps to promote tourism in Al Aqaba resort. Al Aqaba is the only coastal city and port in the kingdom of Jordan. It is located in the south of the coutry on the red sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. It is located about 300 KM ( 200 miles) south of the capital Amman. Tourists can arrive to Aqaba directly through its international airport.
Al Aqaba Castle
Al Aqaba Castle was built by the Crusaders at the beginning of the 12th century AD, and its name was Helim, until Salah al-Din seized it in 1187 AD. As the castle was destroyed over time, the Mamluk Sultan Al-Ashraf Qansuh Al-Ghuri rebuilt it in the early 16th century.
The charming castle overlooking the waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, offer an opportunity to get the best souvenir photos in this wonderful natural historical setting.
Aqaba Marine Park was established in 1997 within the coasts rich in coral reefs and marine treasures in the city of Aqaba.
The park, which is about 7 kilometers long, is located south of the city of Aqaba, and includes picnic areas, children’s playgrounds, and provides facilities for many types of water sports and cruises. In addition it has 19 diving sites within its coasts, which are considered one of the richest sites in coral reefs and marine life.
The main design objective of the Aqaba Water Park was to protect and preserve the local remarkable biodiversity in the red sea and Gulf of Aqaba.
The historical Aqaba port
In the few past years, archaeological excavations uncovered an old port dating from the Umayyad period (7th century). Experts show that the Islamic city is an extension of the port of Ayla (name of Aqaba in ancient times). This port was active in the period between the seventh and twelfth centuries. It was part of the trade route linking the Levant with other parts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Archeologists say that only 40% of the port and surrounding city is uncovered. Parts of the Umayyad archaeological port are still buried under dirt and sea water,
The Aqaba royal yacht club
The Aqaba royal yacht club, is a club overlooking the sea, full of ships and steamers. The marina of the Royal Yacht Club currently accommodates more than 150 boats and yachts with sizes up to 25 meters. This club has many restaurants, cafes and sweets shops.