Driving the King’s Highway
The King’s Highway is the historic north-south road in Jordan, is far more scenic and interesting that taking the faster Desert Highway. There are a number of interesting places to stop off at along the way. Its history dates back to biblical times, when Moses was refused permission to travel on it by the king of Edom, and later the Nabateans of Petra fame. The road follows the Dead Sea rift, and is one of most scenic roads in the Middle East.
The Crusaders used the road to defend the Holy Land, building castles at Kerak and Shobak. Highlights along the route start with Madaba. The town houses the Church of St George which houses a superb mosaic map of the Holy Land. Mr Nebo is where Moses was said to have climbed to overlook the promised land. Kerak Castle was built by the Crusaders in 1142 along with the impressive Shobak Castle. You can also stop at the wonderful Dana Nature Reserve and take a walk down to Feynan Eco Lodge.