The Middle East region is blessed with ancient history, captivating attractions, miles-long seashores, breath-taking views, beautiful desert, delicious cuisine, fantastic architecture, and much more. The multi-faceted region satisfies everyone from adventure seekers, nature lovers to food lovers.
The Middle-East is one of the most overlooked regions for travel or seen as a place for the overly adventurous. Middle-Eastern countries offer many hidden travel opportunities and tourist attractions that are not as explored compared to other global attractions. While these hidden gems can be explored via virtual travel as well, it is a different experience traversing these terrains in person.
In the Middle-East, history is not something you read about in books. Here, it’s a story written on the stones that litter the region, from the flagstones of old Roman roads to the building blocks of Ancient Egypt, and the delicately carved tombs and temples from Petra to Persepolis. This is where humankind first built cities and learned to write, and it was from here that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all arose.
Many travelers who have been to the Middle-East have showered praises on the hospitality seen there. At some point on your visit to the Middle East, you’ll be sitting in a coffeehouse or looking lost in a labyrinth of narrow lanes when someone will strike up a conversation and, within minutes, invite you home to meet their family and share a meal.
Therefore, we have put together a list that mentions some of the Middle-Eastern gems, which should definitely make their way to your travel bucket list!
Turkey is the best version of the Middle East with a twist of Europe as well as Asia! This country lies strategically on the border of Europe and Asia while comprising the best elements from both continents. Geographically, it is considered to be a part of the Middle East but like other contenders in this region, Turkey still remains undiscovered and unexplored by tourists. It is the land of surreal landscapes, great cities, ancient historical empires, and delectable cuisines that will leave you wanting for more!
Meda’in Salah, Saudi Arabia
Meda’in Salah is one of the best-kept secrets of Saudi Arabia. Regarded as the first World Heritage Site of the country, it was one of the major centres of the Nabatean Empire in the 2nd century. These ancient ruins have more than 130 tombs that are carved from red-cliff walls and possess the power of taking you back in time.
Qadisha Valley, Lebanon
Qadisha Valley offers some of the best panoramic views of the coastline of Lebanon. If you’re someone who loves trekking, then this valley is a must-visit. You can hike through the mountainside villages or through the Qornet es-Sawada to enjoy the loveliest views of the Lebanese coastline.
Wadi Mujib, Jordan
Wadi Mujib is one of the best-hidden gems in Jordan. The country, famous for the Dead Sea and rock temples of Petra has much more to offer, yet tourists rarely make it to the other sites. Wadi Mujib is situated right next to the Dead Sea and is 30 minutes away from the Dead Sea resorts. It is a must-do for adventure-lovers. You can also go on beautiful hikes in this area.
How can Egypt not make it to this list – the land of pyramids, mummies, and mysteries! Egypt offers majestic landscapes replete with unbelievable history and incredible man-made wonders. Iconic treasures such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, The Great Sphinx of Giza, Hatshepsut Temple, and Nile River Cruise have given the country its iconic identity. Take the ‘Pyramids’ for example! An epic man-made phenomenon that truly captures the beauty and essence of Egypt. So much so that, it is the prominent icon of Egypt and the symbolic representation of the country across the globe.
So, there you have it – the best places in the Middle-East that you will certainly fall in love with once you visit them. If you still want to be sure, go for virtual tours to these countries so that you know what you’re getting into and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!