Visiting Iran without having a trip to Tehran is to miss out...
Who can claim to have seen the most beautiful cities of the world without having seen Esfahan?
Shiraz is known as the city of poets, wine and flowers. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city.
The locals are friendly, liberal and literate, the climate is moderate with regular seasons; and the nearby attractions of the spectacular ruins of Persepolis and the royal burials of Naqshe Rostam are the equal of anything in Athens or Rome.
If you like bazaars then welcome to the best one in Iran, selling everything from carpets to cake under a vaulted ceiling dating back 250 years. Shiraz also excels in architecture - indeed many of its finest buildings were built to rival Esfahan.
The centre of Iran is dominated by the Zagros mountains and the Dasht-e Kavir desert. Squeezed between the two is Yazd, one of the most ancient and historic cities in Iran, a centre of Zoroastrian culture and an excellent place to walk through and explore.
The architecture here is unique in Iran, particularly the traditional wind towers which provide an ancient form of air-conditioning to the adobe houses below.
Yazd is also home to some excellent accommodation options, staying in old merchant's houses tucked away in the corners of the bazaar.
Popular Beaches of Iran
Iran enjoys many different beaches with different mood and a wide range of holiday experiences. Shores of the Caspian Sea have mild and relatively cold weather and southern parts enjoy moderate and pleasant weather.
The coastline of the Persian Gulf in the south is rocky and mountainous in some areas and sandy and swampy in others; it is not as even as the northern shores of the country.
Located on the north east of the Persian Gulf around 17 km from the southern offshore of the mainland Iran, Kish Island is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Persian Gulf.
With its gorgeous white silvery sand beaches, Kish Island is great for calming walks and other activities like swimming, jogging, boat riding, scuba diving and snorkeling. On the Kish Summer Cinema, often concerts and plays are also held.
Kish Island has beautiful villas, hotels, and guesthouses, but the accommodations and restaurants on the island are comparatively expensive than the mainland.
Attractions on Kish Island include Kish Aquarium, the Pearl Culturing and Developing Center. There is also a Helicopter shuttle service accessible for flying over the waters of the Persian Gulf.
Northern Iran (Shomal) is one of the favorite places for many people of Iran. In the North there are three provinces of Mazandaran, Gilan and Gorgan having forests, mountains, and a coastal plain amidst the Alborz Mountain and the southernmost shores of Caspian Sea.
The Caspian Sea is the world's largest lake which is 170m (561 feet) deep, almost twice as deep as the Persian Gulf. In Northern Iran visitors can enjoy the beaches of Caspian Sea, view of beautiful forests, skiing, go hiking, and make the most of cold and hot mineral springs.
A few of tourist attractions in north are Anzali Lagoon, Rasht, historical and traditional village of Masouleh, tea farms of Lahijan, and Ramsar City.
Anyone with even a passing interest in Antiquity should make a visit here their first priority.