Aqaba’s location on the Red Sea has long made the town an important trading port. Dating back to as early as the 10th century BC, goods from Asia, Africa and Arabia all passed through here. Whilst the town still has a busy commercial port, it is also a popular retreat for both locals and visitors looking to enjoy the beaches, watersports and excellent snorkelling and diving on the coral reefs.
The Red Sea Aqaba Marine Park is a seven-kilometre stretch of protected sea which restricts boat trips and has a ban on fishing. Beneath the waves visitors will find beautiful coral reefs which are home to a myriad of marine life, including lion fish, clown fish and even turtles.
Whilst Aqaba is largely a modern town, its history dates back centuries. This was once one of the key ports for transporting goods between Europe and Asia, however after much of the town was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1068, and trading routes changed over the years, Aqaba fell into relative obscurity. The town’s modern-day port lies to the south of Aqaba, and whilst the large ships in the distance are perhaps not the most picturesque, it does mean the beaches and sea directly in front of Aqaba and the surrounding area can be enjoyed by visitors.