List of Thermal Springs in Jordan
Map of Thermal Springs in Jordan
Guide to Jordan’s Natural Thermal Springs
The country of Jordan has access to both the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, but those aren’t its only water features worth visiting. There’re several beautiful natural hot springs in Jordan, some of which are the home of thermal waterfalls that make soaking in the mineral water a truly unique and Instagram-worthy experience.
It’s good to know before you travel with a group that many of these sites require separation along gender lines, mainly due to the country’s widespread Islamic practices.
Afra Mineral Hot Springs is a hot spring where men and women bathe separately and are located in central Jordan. Women can have their soak indoors while the men’s pools are located outside.
You can explore the caves when not actively soaking or picnic at any of the designated spots. You do have to bring your own food and refreshments since none are available at the springs. Like many places frequented by visitors, there are tourist police on site.
In the south of Jordan, you’ll find Lawrence’s Spring, where towering red rock formations are tucked closely against the small pool. The spring is the size of a pond and can only be accessed by hiking. This source of fresh water has been used by the local people to hydrate their livestock for some time. Camel tours often start and end at this popular site, as it has been made famous by Lawrence of Arabia.
The hot springs with thermal waterfalls is Ma’in Hot Springs, quite close to the Dead Sea. There is both an indoor and outdoor tiled pool filled with spring water on the grounds. If you’d like to spend a long stretch of time relaxing and taking the waters here, you can book a hotel room and go back into the spring several times.
Maybe also a massage session to truly unwind in the scenic mountains. If you do not book an overnight stay but still want to bathe, you must bring your own towels.
Other Hot Springs:
- Wadi Numeira
- Wadi Mujib
- شلالات برتا
- AlPasha Turkish Bath
- Hammamat Burbita
Many people visit Jordan to immerse themselves in history. Petra is a popular destination in Jordan for travelers, as is Mount Nebo. If you are there busily enjoying desert adventures, don’t forget to visit a hot spring to find your inner zen.
Remember that mixed groups will often get separated along gender lines. Women often do not bathe outdoors due to the modesty expectations of the locals.