Jordan is a country of contrasts, and an increasingly popular travel destination, with spectacular mountains and deserts crossed by canyons. The Dead Sea is the lowest spot on earth and the Red Sea has coral reefs and a colourful marine life. Jordan also has a rich historical heritage - the people of biblical times, Greeks and Romans, Nabataeans, Byzantines, Arabs and Crusaders have all left something behind. The sites include Roman roads and forts on the Arabian frontier, Byzantine mosaics from Madaba, Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land, the early Islamic frescoes at Amra, Karak Crusader castle, the landscapes of Wadi Rum and the city of Petra. The guide provides detailed descriptions of these and many other sites and includes hotel and restaurant recommendations for each main town, as well as maps and town and site plans.