At the lower end of the village walkers will find magnificent olive trees which have been tended by generation after generation of Rasoun families. Each tree’s unique shape is a natural work of art. Within the groves one can stumble upon Byzantine church ruins, including the baptismal font. Mosaic were found here but have since been covered under the earth for protection.

Hidden in the forests above Rasoun is one of the few surviving dolmen fields in the country. Dolmens are burial chambers from the Bronze Age formed by huge slab of stone put on top of two or more standing stones. With an estimated age of 5000 years, they predate the times of Abraham by approximately a millennium. Exactly who made these structures, how they were built, and why people exerted such tremendous effort in honoring their dead in this way remain mysteries.

With the support of Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), Rasoun is also home to an innovative women’s empowerment project with the establishment of the Soap House, the Biscuit House and the Caligraphy House. The first two use locally grown herbs, flowers and fruit to produce tempting tastes and smells for travelers; the Calligraphy House sells arts and crafts, as well as on the spot courses in the art of Arabic calligraphy.

Sites in the Ajloun Region:

Ajloun Castle

Feel like the king of the world clambering atop this impressive stone castle, a stone playground commanding an astonishing view over the Jordan Valley, strategically built to defend against Crusader invasion in the twelfth century.

Pella

From the few columns, stretches of stone pavement, and other remains which are visible in Pella today, it is hard to imagine the historical importance of this site or its once immense size. Pella has been inhabited for over 10,000 years, though, consistently from the Neolithic Period to the Ottoman rule of the area in the late 1800s.

Tel Mar Elias

Amid stunning carpets of mosaics stands a sole prayer tree, its popularity indicated by hundreds of pieces of cloth that adorn the branches like blossoms; this site marks the location held by many to be the traditional birth place of the prophet Elijah.

Orjan

Walk along Wadi Orjan to explore the fruit basket of Al Ayoun.

Jesus Cave

Everyone in Jordan seems to know a local legend about the Jesus Cave, whether about Jesus hiking there with his followers, why the tree is always drunk, or why women tread grapes better than men.

Baoun

The Byzantine ruins at its edge testify to Baoun’s place in antiquity. But is is a female Sufi scholar, poet, and mystic that gives the village its distinct legacy.

RSCN Shops

Temptations abound for walkers at Al Ayoun’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) natural shops, where some of nature’s best tastes and smells can be sampled as everything from local soaps to trail mixes.