Azraq

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Azraq is the name of two adjacent towns in the Eastern Desert of Jordan.

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The area is often serves as the farthest point on tours of the Desert Castles loop.

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Azraq refers to two distinct towns that are separated by a couple miles of farms. The castle is located in the northern town, while the wetlands are just outside the southern area.

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  • Qasr al-Azraq, the site of a desert fortress that has been around since the Roman era. The current castle dates from the Crusades, and was used by T.E. Lawrence as a staging point for his campaigns in Deraa and Damascus. The strategic value of the castle was to protect the major water source in Azraq, which is the largest oasis for miles in every direction.

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  • Walk around the Azraq Wetland Reserve, a Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature-operated nature park with a pleasant boardwalk loop. The aquifer that fed the reserve has dried up, but water is now being pumped in so as to preserve a small part of the area for the use of birds and wildlife. The reserve also has a small museum detailing the local conservation efforts and a gift shop.

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The Azraq Rest House offers a pool and basic accommodations to passing travelers.

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Within Jordan, Azraq connects to Amman and the Southern Desert. It also lies close to the road to the border crossing with Iraq (closed as of 2015) and the northern crossing with Saudi Arabia. Check visa requirements before you travel.

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