Visit Petra Jordan – Most Amazing Views in Petra in Jordan & How to Get To The Viewpoints [PHOTOS]

Have you ever wanted to visit Petra in Jordan? One of the seven world wonders is the main reason people travel to Jordan. It offers breathtaking views and a rich history. We spent two days visiting Petra and trying to find the most spectacular views. Here is the list of the best viewpoints in Petra and how to get there!

Top views in Petra, Jordan

Petra Archeologic Park was one of the top places on our Jordan itinerary and one of the things to see in Jordan, that I was looking forward to the most. Next to camping in Wadi Rum and hiking in Dana Biosphere Reserve, exploring Petra ruins and the amazing viewpoints in Petra was one of the highlights of my stay in Jordan (or the whole Middle East?).

Everyone wants to visit Petra in Jordan, but not everyone knows where the best Petra views are! This magical site has many breathtaking views worth seeing.

Petra is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage. It is believed to be settled as early as 9000 BC, showcasing enormous knowledge and skill of the people from the era with building the rock city. Petra is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the Worldand a bucket list destination for many travellers. 

VISIT PETRA IN JORDAN – THE BEST PETRA VIEWS AND VIEWPOINTS 

Here are some of the best viewpoints, that we visited in Petra. They offer striking views of the ancient city and the mountains surrounding it. They will take your breath away and leave a lasting memory from your trip to Jordan. I recommend spending at least 2 days in Petra, as one day might not be enough to fully experience it.

#1 The Siq view in Petra

The Siq is the ancient entrance to the city of Petra. The canyon reaches up to 80 meters and is from 3 to 12 meters wide. Walking through the windy and narrow rock corridor is a perfect mystical introduction to the journey in Petra. The Gorge finishes with the dramatic opening to the view of the Treasury. Be prepared for that moment – you can really imagine how the explorers (or Indiana Jones) first arriving in the ancient city of Petra felt.

I recommend going there early. Later on, it’s hard to take photos without people as the tour groups and the day tours arrive.

Visit Petra and the best views in Petra - the Siq

The Treasury is the reason many people visit Petra Jordan

How to get to the Siq view in Petra

You will walk through the Siq in order to get to the Treasury and other places in Petra. There is no way you can miss it – it is the main trail in Petra.


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#2 The best views of the Treasury in Petra – the main reason to visit Petra in Jordan

The Treasury is the main reason people visit Petra, and when you see it, you’d understand why. Petra’s most magnificent façade also called Al Khaz is 40 meters tall, richly decorated.

There are several places in Petra where you can see the famous Treasury from.

#2.1 The main view of the Treasury in Petra

The first view of the Treasury in Petra is when you exit the Siq. The building appears in front of your eyes and you can see it directly from the front. It is not possible to enter inside.

You get the best view if you get there early. Go there as soon as the gates are open (it was 6 am in winter). That way, you will make sure to have some photos without many people.

PHOTO TIP: This is useful when there are some people in front of the Treasury, that you don’t want to have in your picture (or the camels that locals bring). Navigate to the right-hand side from the Treasury. You will see the wall with a small bump, that it’s possible to sit on, as on the photo below. You can take a photo in a way that the wall covers the people.

How to get to the Treasury in Petra

The Treasury is the first building after you exit the Siq. There is no chance to miss it.

The view to Treasury in Petra, Jordan
The view to Treasury in Petra, Jordan

Petra photo spot in front of Treasury in Petra, Jordan

Treasury view in Petra, Jordan

# 2.2. The view of Treasury in Petra from above

The best view of the Treasury is from the end of the green Al-Khubtha Trail. You can see the view of the Treasury from above from different angles. It’s fun to watch the people down below looking like small ants.

On the top, at the very left of the trail, that offers the best, straight view down to the Treasury, you can find a cafe. The locals working in the cafe require you to buy a drink in order to sit there and take a photo. If you feel like it, go for it, although the drinks are pricey. If you don’t want anything, just move towards the right side of the cafe (back from where you came) and there you will have several spots with a view to the Treasury.

It passes through many other beautiful views.

One of the best views in Petra - visit Petra and see the Treasury from above
One of the best views in Petra – the view of the Treasury from above from the spot on the right side.
The view to the Treasury from the above. Petra, Jordan itinerary
The view to the Treasury from the above, from the cafe. Petra, Jordan
One of the reasons to visit Petra are the breathtaking views
There are two cats chilling in the cafe on the top. They can enjoy the view to Petra all the time!

Some of the other views you can see on the trail.

The mountains on Petra - the best views of Petra in Jordan
The view of the mountains of Petra
The view to the Theatre in Petra from above
The view to the Theatre and the ruins of Petra from above, Jordan

How to get to the Treasury view in Petra

To get to the top, you need to follow the green Al-Khubtha Trail. It takes around 45min-1 hour one way. The path is rocky and quite steep. After walking in the main street in Petra, pass the Theatre. On the right-hand side, you will see the path going to the Royal Tombs. You can visit them on the way. After the Tombs, you will see the signs to Al-Kubtha Trail. Follow it to the top.

Panoramic view of Treasury, panoramic view of Theater, Panoramic View of Wadi Musa City Center
Signs during the Al Kubtha trail
Sit and enjoy a spectacular view in Petra
Sign to the cafe on the top of the view to the Treasury in Petra
The cafe on the top with a above view to the Treasury in Petra
The cafe on the top with an above view to the Treasury in Petra
The sign in the cafe on the top of the Petra view, Jordan
The sign in the cafe on the top of the Petra view, Jordan

#2.3. An alternative view of Treasury from above

There are two shorter (but steep) trails, that can get you above the Treasury. They start on the left and right sides of the Treasury. However, the trails are taken by the local kids, who act as guides to get some money. They will likely try to stop you if you go there by yourself. They normally take from 5-15 JOD depending on the size of the group.

#3 The view of the Petra Monastery

The Petra Monastery trail is probably the most famous trail in Petra. The view of the Monastery is definitely worth a 45 minutes walk. But don’t just stop there! A few minutes further beyond the Petra Monastery, are the best viewing spots in Petra. From there, you can see the Monastery from above and also a beautiful panorama of the mountains on the other side.

In front of Monastery, Petra, Jordan
In front of Monastery, Petra, Jordan
View to the Monastery in Petra. And the cat. The cats are everywhere :-)
View to the Monastery in Petra. And the cat. The cats are everywhere 🙂

And this is the view of the mountains on the other side.

How to get to Petra Monastery view

After you reach the Petra Monastery, go past it. After a few hundred meters you will see two paths – one going left and climbing a hill, and another one to the right. The one with the view that you can see in the photos above is the one to the left. Halfway, you will see the view to the Monastery from above and from the top, you can also see the mountain panorama. There is a small cafe on the top, and, you guessed it, a cat 😉

Signs to the cafes with a Petra Monastery view
Signs to the cafes with a Petra Monastery view

#4 The High Place of Sacrifice trail view in Petra

The High Place of Sacrifice Trail has some of the most amazing views in Petra and in Jordan. I highly recommend doing the full trail (and not only a shorter part to the High Place of Sacrifice), and going from the left towards the right, especially if you decide to do it for the sunset. Then, you will be closer to the exit and you will just have a short descent from the stairs to get down.

On the top of the trail as well as from the path, you can admire the mountains of Petra, the wide view to the valley, the views to Petra city with the main street and the Royal Tombs, and even Wadi Musa.

The view to the Petra mountains from the High Place of Sacrifice in Petra, Jordan
The view to the Petra mountains from the High Place of Sacrifice in Petra, Jordan
The flag at the little cafe at the top of the viewing point overlooking Petra in Jordan
The flag at the little cafe at the top of the viewing point overlooking Petra
The view from High Point of Sacrifice in Petra
From the top, you can see down to the main road in Petra with the Tombs on the right.

How to get to the High Place of Sacrifice 

I recommend starting the trail from the left side, near the Qasr al Bint. You can find the start of the trailhead when you turn from the Colonnaded Street towards the Great Temple. Pass the temple and follow the trail straight ahead. Along Wadi Al Farasa you will have amazing views of the valley and different colours of the rocks. You will also pass several of the tombs. The trail is steep and requires climbing flights of stairs, but the views are breathtaking. I recommend taking it in the late afternoon when the sun is lower with the golden light.

After you reach the Obelisk, turn left and climb into the High Place of Sacrifice. Pass the middle area and go towards to end of the rocks to find a little cafe with a view.

The view from the beginning of the High Sacrifice Trail in Petra, Jordan
The view from the beginning of the High Sacrifice Trail in Petra

Hike to the High Sacrifice in Petra, Jordan itinerary
Different colours of rocks during the hike to the High Sacrifice in Petra, Jordan
Petra views in Jordan, Tombs
Tombs on the hike
You need to climb a lot of stairs on this Petra hike, but it's worth it!
You need to climb a lot of stairs on this Petra hike, but it’s worth it!
On the top, you will find another cafe and a sign of the most beautiful view in the world. The locals working there are very friendly and don’t force you into buying anything unless you want to.

#5 Visit Petra’s caves and colourful rocks 

Petra is also called a “Pink City” because of the colour of the rock it was carved into. But as it turns out, there are many more colours there than only pink. The layers of sandstone create beautiful natural mosaics, that can be found all over the city.

Another place worth looking into in Petra are the caves. They used to be inhabited in the time when people were living in Petra. It’s crazy to think about how beautiful views and wonderful interior on the walls and ceilings they had!

Caves in Petra, Jordan
You can see a lot of caves in Petra

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🇬🇧 I’m not a caveman type of person, but I could consider living in a cave with a roof (and a view) like this! It’s all natural stone 😍 ➳ Our Jordan trip was full of sights like the one above – unexpected and jaw-dropping. Now you can read our detailed itinerary from Jordan on my blog – link in bio. 👆 ➳ This cave is in the Pink City, otherwise known as Petra. One of the 7 world wonders offers much more than just the Treasury, which is probably the main building you’ve seen all over Instagram. ➳ In two days we walked over 35 km from the dawn till dusk, climbing hundreds of steps and admiring the breathtaking views. ➳ Would you like to go to Jordan? ➳ 🇵🇱 Daleko mi do jaskiniowca, ale w jaskini z takim dachem mogłabym zamieszkać 😉 ➳ Jordania była pełna takich widoków – zachwycających i niespodziewanych. Możecie zobaczyć ich więcej na blogu, gdzie znajdziecie praktyczny plan podróży i przewodnik po Jordanii – kliknijcie w bio i zmieńcie język na polski. 👆 ➳ Jaskinia na zdjęciu jest w Różowym Mieście, czyli Petrze, jednym z 7 cudów świata. ➳ Chcielibyście się wybrać do Jordanii? . . . #worlderingaround #visitjordan #shareyourjordan #visitpetra #petra #petrajordan #travelinladies #femaletravelbloggers #travelinspired #womenwhotravel #postcardplaces #outdoorgirl #polishgirltravelling #ig_jordan #visit_jordan #tv_landscapes #rsa_landscape #adventuregirl #travelgirlsgo #dreamtravel #traveldrops #shetravels #travelphotooftheday #bucketlistadventures #femaletraveler #girlswhowander #girlswhoexplore #thewanderco #pieknywidok #jordania

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How to find the caves in Petra

You will see many caves when you will be exploring Petra. The one from the post above is located in front of the Theatre. That’s the place when you can find a lot of caves around the main road in Petra.

#6 The amazing Petra view from Al-Habis mountain

Not many people know about this place or care to wander up there. It’s a shame because the views are simply stunning! The Al-Habis mountain is located not too far from the main Petra trail. It’s more a small steep hill than a mountain, but it offers an amazing view of the vast valley and the city below.

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View to Petra from above

Rock formations in Petra, Jordan
Can you see the face? 😉

How to get to the Al-Habis mountain

The Al-Habis mountain is located near the Qasr Al-Bint temple in Petra, on the right side from the beginning of the High Place of Sacrifice Trail.

 

Entering the Royal Tombs, Petra, Jordan itinerary

# 7 The view of Wadi Musa and the mountains around Petra, Jordan

Petra is full of wonderful views, but you can also find plenty of interesting places and viewpoints outside of its gates. Walk around Wadi Musa town and drive in direction to Little Petra for some best views of the surrounding mountains. And if you do it during the sunset – amazing effect guaranteed.

Wadi Musa
Sunset over the Petra mountains and Uum Sayhoun town, Jordan.
Sunset over the Petra mountains and Uum Sayhoun town, Jordan.

Visit Petra for the sunsets!

#8 Petra by night – Petra night view

Another pretty view of Petra happens at night. It is illegal to stay inside Petra city after the sunset unless you have a ticket for the Petra by Night show. It is a magical time in Petra with lots of candles in front of Treasury and some enchanting stories. We were not able to take part in it, as one night it was cancelled and another one it was raining. Let me know if you’ve tried it! The night tour runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week, it lasts 2 hours and starts at 20:30 at the Petra Visitor Center.

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Seeing Petra lit up by hundreds of candles is a sight that’s hard to forget. The Petra by Night show starts around 8:30 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. It can be a bit maddening trying to take any pictures because of the crowds and selfies but if you wait til the end you can get some nice shots of the treasury and candles. Another option: Visit in the afternoon and stay at the site until around 7:30. Best option is visiting the monastery around 5:00 or 6:00 and slowly making your way back to the treasury. The candles will be all laid out and lit for the perfect photo op (bring a tripod). And as you walk back up the siq to the visitor center you’ll have your way illuminated by a path of candles. Really quite beautiful.

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Map of Petra in Jordan

Below you can find a map of Petra in Jordan with all the trails and main places marked. When you visit Petra in Jordan, you will get the map in better resolution with your ticket at the entrance.

Where to stay in Petra, Jordan – the best hotels in Petra /Wadi Musa/Al Baydha:

For more information about where to stay in Jordan and in Petra, click here.

Budget hotels in Petra:

  • Petra Gate Hotel – we stayed there for one night, it is peaceful, clean, warm water, good location, and a rooftop terrace.

Mid-range hotels in Petra, Jordan:

Luxury hotels in Petra, Jordan:



Did you visit Petra in Jordan yet? What are your favourite Petra viewpoints? Have you visited the ones here or maybe you know about even better ones? Let me know in the comments!


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