Umm Qais

Site of the famous miracle of the Gadarene swine, Gadara was renowned in its time as a cultural centre. It was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, founder of a rhetorical school in Rome, and was once called “a new Athens” by a poet.

The site boasts spectacular views of three countries (Jordan, Syria, and Palestine), encompassing the Golan Heights, Mt Hermon and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias).


Umm Qays boasts an impressive colonnaded street, a vaulted terrace, and the ruins of two theatres. You can take in the sights and then dine on the terrace of a fine restaurant with a breathtaking view.