In Qadisiyyeh, a small town located 27km south of Tafileh and 24km north of Shobak, a steep, cliffside road winds down off the King’s Highway to DANA. This hamlet lies at the eastern edge of Jordan’s flagship Dana Biosphere Reserve, which encompasses 320 square kilometres of terrain around the breathtaking Wadi Dana, stretching as far as Wadi Araba in the west. The village has been the scene of an extraordinary – and successful – social experiment to rejuvenate a dying community by protecting the natural environment. Clinging to the edge of the cliff below the King’s Highway, Dana is the starting point for a series of walks and hikes through one of Jordan’s loveliest protected areas. Or, of course, you could just hole up and enjoy the peace. Whether you stay for an hour or a week, you won’t want to leave.

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