7 unique ways to enjoy Iran’s unbelievable beauty
Uncovering the country's best historical landmarks, museums, and more.
Iran is one of the most underrated countries in the world. Don’t let its humble presence fool you, though, as it is home to great food, culture, and historical relics. In fact, this country is home to 19 World Heritage Sites scattered across it. Yes, believe it or not, Iran has its fair share of world-known history, architecture, archaeology and culture beyond just the legendary poet Rumi.
Ancient civilizations thrived on this soil, with various dynasties ruling what was once the great region of Mesopotamia. Today, Iran offers similar scenes from your favourite European renaissance spots in Tehran, though all with a flavour and cultural undertone of its own. With its burgeoning art scene, a chic café culture, and the stylish restaurants, this country can really give European hotspots a run for their money. Interested to visit and explore Iran? Here are ways our team at Fayyaz Travels believe you can enjoy the most of your Persian adventure.
1. See the world’s largest mosque.
Also known as the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iran has a number of mosques all over the country, including the Imam Reza Shrine, which is considered as the world’s largest mosque by area. The mosque’s complex houses the mausoleum of the eighth Imam of Twelver Shiites, a well-informed museum and library, four seminaries, a cemetery, the Razavi University of Islamic Science, and various other buildings. Our travellers visiting Iran never miss this location and will always include it in their itineraries, as the place is really a sight to behold, inside and out.
2. Amaze yourself at the Badab-e Surt Hot Springs.
If you thought rice terraces in Asia are amazing, wait till you see the Badab-e Surt Hot Springs in the Mazandaran Province! Unique for its orange colouration, the terraced hot springs are a must-visit when you visit Iran. Badab-e Surt was formed over thousands of years by the cooling and eventual deposition of two mineral hot springs over the region’s mountainous edge. The cascaded facades of this site is definitely a breathtaking view to behold so be sure you have your cameras ready for some quick snaps before taking a dip!
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3. Visit Fars Province, the Home of Shiraz Wine.
As the capital of Fars, Shiraz has a number of names including the “City of Love” as well as the “House of Learning.” It used to be a centre for wine production in the days of Persia. Today, this place appeals to hopeless romantics and history buffs as it is a city of poets, literature, flowers, and wine. It’s a stunning destination filled with rich history and art. When in town, be sure to also check the Pink Mosque, the Palace of Ardashir (built by King Ardashir I of the Sassanian Empire in the ancient city of Gor), the Shapur Cave in the Zagros Mountain, and the Margoon Waterfall near the city of Sepidan.
4. Explore Isfahan to your heart’s content.
The city of Ishafan is known for its share of historical buildings, monuments, paintings, and artefacts. People visit this city to immerse themselves in the beauty of its Perso–Islamic architecture, grand boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, tiled mosques, and minarets. Isfahan is dubbed as the “living museum of Iranian culture” for a reason: the aesthetics of the entire city is a big throwback to the ancient days of Mesopotamia and Persia. When in Ishafan, don’t miss out on the beautiful structures of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the Shah Mosque, the Vank Cathedral, and the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque.
5. Discover the ancient ruins of Persepolis.
The ruins of Persepolis is one of Iran’s most iconic historical landscapes. The ancient Persian city dates all the way back to 550-330 BC. Persepolis was once the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Its ruins are, thus, a fine example of Achaemenid style architecture, and tell a lot about the city’s thriving historical moments such as the Battle of the Persian Gates where the Persian force and the Hellenic League had military conflict. It was soon followed by the Macedonian sack of Persepolis where Alexander the Great looted the city of its treasures and burned down its palace.
6. Swim by the beaches of Kish Island.
Located away from the mainland, Kish Island has its own airport and its own visa process. But it is still under Iranian jurisdiction which makes it a part of Iran. The island seated along the Persian Gulf is considered a paradise due to its clear blue beaches. Kish Island is the third most-visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia after Dubai and Sharm el-Sheikh. Many family-friendly resorts were made to line the island’s pristine beaches over the years, which means that there is never a shortage of good accommodations to stay in when here. Be sure to check out Maryam Beach and Ladies’ Beach, which are universally accepted as the island’s best, most popular sandy wonders.
7. Snow in Iran? Go to Shemshak.
Shemshak is Iran’s best-kept secret for some good old skiing. Snow falls generously in the region during the winter season, and ski seasons start from November to April every year. The Shemshak Ski Resort encompasses two big hotels and a number of restaurants within its perimeters. Hardcore ski lovers should know that Shemshak is not the only ski area in Iran however; there are also the regions of Dizin and Darbansar worth checking out if you’re a massive fan of snow.
Thinking to visit Iran soon to explore its treasure troves of wonders? Send your request for a customised travel itinerary to our agents at Fayyaz Travels, today!