Whether you approach Kerak from the ancient Kings Highway to the east or from the Dead Sea to the west, the striking silhouette of this fortified town and castle will instantly make you understand why the fates of kings and nations were decided here for millennia.

An ancient Crusader stronghold, Kerak sits 900m above sea level and lies inside the walls of the old city. The city today is home to around 170,000 people and continues to boast a number of restored 19th century Ottoman buildings, restaurants, places to stay, and the like. But it is undoubtedly Kerak Castle that dominates.

Mansaf Making (and Eating!) in Al-Karak

A creative way to familiarize yourself with an integral aspect of the Jordanian culture is to participate in a cooking experience hosted by experienced women. Served in almost all occasions, this one national dish is worthy of every minute spent on preparing it! Learn how to make the broth with the optimum density and get ready to tear some shrak bread.

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