Petra in April: Complete Traveler’s Guide

Petra is every bit worth its bucket list status. In April, spring has arrived, and with it, the visitors who want to explore this world wonder. Temperatures see spring warmth with cool mornings and warm afternoons making it the ideal time for trekking. With weather being warm and comfortable, the only downside is that everyone else wants to enjoy Petra at the same time as well. With these pro tips, you will be able to make the most of your visit despite it being high season.

As you plan your time in Jordan, you ideally want to plan at least one full day (and a night) to explore. I personally suggest a few days to explore Petra because it is a lot to take in all in one day. Because spring can bring rain, when planning your Petra visit, it is ideal to have a little flexibility in your itinerary. On rare occasions, Petra is closed when heavy rain is in the forcast as the water from the neighbouring mountains flows down into the site. It would be a shame to miss out on a Petra visit if you do not have any flexible time in Jordan. 

Below you will find everything you need to know about visiting Petra in April including the typical weather, what to pack and how to plan for your visit.

Spring in Petra: Petra’s March Weather

Do not let the thought of high season turn you off of visiting Petra in the spring. Spring is Jordan is one of the best times of the year to visit. Expect cool mornings and evenings, with average daytime temperatures around 17°C (°F) with lows around 10°C and highs in the mid 20s°C.

Rain is a minor consideration in Petra in April. On average Petra receives just 2 days of rain this month, but when it does occur, it can be sudden and torrential. When rain is in the forecast, Petra can be closed suddenly by authorities in order to keep visitors safe from the flash flooding that occurs in the Siq.

Petra - woman traveler tourist sitting on viewpoint in Petra.

Packing for Petra in April: Essentials List

I have an entire post about what to wear in Jordan, but these are the essentials. After you read this post I suggest you click on the link and see what else you are going to want while you are in Jordan.

  • Thermal layers: Given the chilly morning temperatures and cool nights in the month of April, I pack a thermal layer to stay warm that can be removed as the day heats up. For those who enjoy spring weather, you may be able to leave this at home and just pack a warm sweater. For others who feel the cold, bring a warm layer.
  • Waterproof jacket: With the chance of rain a good raincoat keeps me dry during unexpected showers and can help block the cool wind in the mornings.
  • Sturdy hiking boots: I choose boots with a solid grip for navigating Petra’s rocky terrain. However, if you do not love hiking boots, comfortable shoes are fine. April is a very popular time for hiking.
  • Sunscreen: Start every morning with sunscreen. I also find it helps with the dry climate.
  • Backpack: A comfortable, lightweight pack works for the day whether trekking from Little Petra or exploring from the Siq. Ensure you have water and snacks as well. There is a restaurant in the site and places to buy drinks.

Petra Open and Closing Hours in April

Petra is quiet and peaceful in the early hours and can be very busy at midday. Explore the siq without jostling through crowds and enjoy minimal people at the Treasury and Monastery if you get up early!

In April Petra is open from 6am to 6pm offering longer hours compared to the winter season. With the sun rising before 6am and not setting until 7pm, you will have plenty of daylight to explore.

What to Do in Petra in April

Take your time wandering the Siq, or better yet, hire a guide to show you its hidden secrets. Take a selfie or two at the Treasury and enjoy a cup of tea as you watch others in awe as they emerge from the Siq.

Continue down and explore the Colonnaded Street, the Great Temple, and consider Al Khubta trail for the best views of the treasury above. For those who have multiple days in Petra, consider the backdoor trail from Little Petra to Petra which offers a backdoor trip to the Monastery avoiding having to climb the 800 stairs required to visit it. 

Candlelit Wonders: Petra By Night

Imagine walking through the narrow Siq to the Treasury, illuminated only by the soft glow of candlelight. This is Petra By Night, an event that captivates visitors every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. As you meander along the candlelit path, the shadows and light create a mystical atmosphere, enhancing the spellbinding features of the ancient city. The star-studded winter sky adds an extra layer of magic to the experience, while the cold night air makes the warm tea served by local vendors taste even more comforting. 

Beyond Petra

There are plenty of other sites beyond Petra, including Wadi Rum, Jordan’s famed desert. Shobak Castle lies to the South and Kerak Castle to the North. The Gulf of Aqaba is less than 2 hours by car and offers stunning coral views just off shore. There is also a resort vibe in Aqaba with Tala Bay and Ayla competing for visitors looking for some relaxing vibes.

Savory Warmth: Indulging in Local Cuisine

After spending the day exploring this world wonder, finish your day with a traditional Jordanian meal. Mansaf, the national dish of Jordan, is a hearty invitation to savor tender lamb cooked in a fermented dried yogurt sauce, served over a bed of aromatic rice. You can usually find Mansaf at local family-run restaurants within Wadi Musa, the town adjacent to Petra.

For another warm and flavourful treat, seek out maqluba, an upside-down dish layered with rice, vegetables, and chicken or lamb. 

On chilly mornings or when the stars twinkle above the desert expanse, wrap your fingers around a cup of sweet tea or  Turkish coffee. These hot beverages, steeped in tradition, are ubiquitous in cafés throughout Petra and offer warmth from within. Each sip feels like a moment of connection to the ancient city and its culture.

For the sweet tooth, enjoy knafeh, a warm dessert layered with cheese and soaked in a sweet syrup, often sprinkled with pistachios. This sticky treat is a favorite among locals and visitors for its comforting textures and flavors, providing a sweet finale to your day of exploring.

Read more about where to eat in Wadi Musa.

April in Petra: Other Considerations

April is the perfect time to visit Petra. The winter chill has disappered and this ancient city wows at every turn. April offers warm afternoons and ideal trekking conditions. However, with the good weather comes the crowds. April is high season in Jordan, however, it is a country visited by just a few million each year, while you will find crowds, it is not unmanageable. 

When planning your trip to Petra in April, make sure to secure accommodations. This is not something to leave to the last minute when you visit in the high season. It is also better to book airfare in advance, especially if you are coming in on the increasing number of low cost carriers from Europe. 

Ramadan, a holy month in the Island calandar does occur in April in 2024. Read about what to expect during Ramadan in Jordan.

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