Why Irbid is the New Go-To Destination for Eco-Tourism


Green oak tree forests, lakes, blue waterfalls, and historical relics. It’s not the first scene that comes to mind when thinking of Jordan. But you might be surprised that Irbid in northwestern Jordan has all these things and more:

Here’s a quick summary for you:


You can hike in the Yarmouk Forest Reserve, explore the Barqash Forest, slide down Wadi al Shallala (Not literally, please), enjoy the picturesque views of Wadi al Arab for a perfect picnic, and visit the Umm Qais Archaeological site if you want to learn a thing or two.


You could also indulge in some cycling adventures; after all, the Jordan Bike Trail starts right there. The trail offers a range of difficulty levels, catering to both novice riders and experienced cyclists seeking a challenge. Whether you prefer a more chill ride through the countryside or adrenaline-pumping mountain trails, the Jordan Bike Trail has something for everyone!


If you’re into Birdwatching it is huge in Yarmouk Forest, with a dozens of species native to Jordan!
Some of the notable bird species that birdwatchers may encounter in Yarmouk Forest include the Levant sparrowhawk, Syrian serin, Palestine sunbird, and Dead Sea sparrow. As a person who isn’t into birdwatching I can only venture to guess that this is a big deal.

Rock climbing:

Wadi al-Arab is a hotspot for rock climbers and for a reason, you can go wrong with Al-Arab incline! What makes the Al-Arab incline so special is not just thats its challenging, but also breathtaking . As you ascend the rugged rock faces, you’re treated to sweeping vistas of the wadi below.

Eco-Friendly initiatives in Irbid that should really push you to go even more:

Irbid is committed to promoting sustainable tourism practices to preserve its natural resources for future generations. Initiatives such as eco-friendly accommodations are available for all the activites mentioned above!


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