Shiraz is one of the most popular and attractive tourist destinations in Iran. Stay with us to reviews of the best places to see in Shiraz.

Persepolis

perspolis Top Places to See in Shiraz

 

Persepolis is One of the most famous and popular places to see in shiraz. It is The main purpose of the tourists who go to Shiraz. This place, is a collection of Achaemenid palaces. It is also known as Arg Parseh and is considered as the largest stone building in Iran.

Tomb of Hafez

Top Places to See in Shiraz

 

Another eminent Places to See in shiraz is The tomb of the famous Iranian poet. This place is known among people as hafezieh. This place with beautiful architecture always hosts many visitors. The best time to visit Hafez’s Tomb is dusk.

Eram garden

Top Places to See in Shiraz eram garden

 

Eram garden is one of the oldest and most beautiful gardens in this city. Garden Eram is one of 9 Iranian gardens has been recorded on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Nassir al-Mulk Mosque

Nassir al-Mulk Mosque

 

From Other beautiful historical attractions Places to See in shiraz is the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque. Nasir al-Malek mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Shiraz . This mosque also known as the pink Mosque. The mosque is famous due to the colorful window. In the morning, the sun light shines through the colorful window glasses and makes an inimitable scene

Tomb of Saadi

Tomb of Saadi

 

Saadi’s tomb, who was an iranian famous poet is in Shiraz. And has become one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. This monument has been built with order of Karim Khan Zand.

Vakil Bath

Tomb of Saadi

 

This is one of the old traditional public bath in Shiraz. In fact, this bath, is a part of the royal complex which is constructed during Karim Khan Zand. Today, there are 30 wax sculpture in this bath to Show the lifestyle of the past to visitors.

Shiraz is a city of love. Also shiraz is a city of history and art. One of the most beautiful cities in Iran, which take at least three or four days to explore all the city’s landmarks. Before anything else you should know that the best time to go to Shiraz is on May. When the streets are full of orange blossom’s perfume. The Shiraz’s climate is usually pleasant. its summer is warm but the autumn and winter are not so cold. Shiraz has attracted the attention of international experts with its many beauties.

The two UNESCO World Heritage sites are located in shiraz. Persepolis and Pasargad.

Pasargad

Pasargad shiraz

Pasargad was the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire to be built under the command of Cyrus the great. This work is a prominent example of the Achaemenid royal art and architecture and an unrivaled Witness of Persian civilization that remains to this day. The tomb of Cyrus the Great is one of the most important parts of the Pasargada, which is almost wholesome.

Pasargad shiraz

Except for it, The prison of Solomon, The Private Palace,The Audience Palace, The Gateway Palace and Caravanserai of Mozaffari are part of Ancient art in Pasargad. Pasargad was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004.

Persepolis

Persepolis shiraz

Persepolis was the ritual capital of the Achaemenid Empire built at the time of Darius I. Then his son, Xerxes and his grandson, Ardeshir I, expanded it.

Persepolis shiraz

Persepolis is also known as the Parseh or Jamshid throne, and has displayed a great splendor. Long columns with various patterns and designs which Over the years, they are still standing. The remains of this city are still in the north of Marvdasht, north of Fars province (northeastern Shiraz). Persepolis was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

Iranian celebrations may be interesting for anyone who visiting Iran. In this article, we introduce The two most important Iranian celebrations.

Persian culture, is known as the Iranian culture and It is one of the oldest in the world. One of the most attractive subject about this culture is festivals and ceremonies.

Iranian Celebrations : Ancient Nowruz

Iranian celebrations : Ancient Nowruz

Nowruz is one of the most important Iranian celebrations. In this day people celebrate the end of the winter and the coming of spring. Iranian represents the beginning of a new year with love and affection. Nowruz is as a symbol of  nature awakening from hibernation. Nowruz celebration has over 3,000 years old and it has a deeply rooted tradition. Nowruz starts on March 20 and take place over 12 days.

Traditionally, on the first day of Nowruz, family members gather around a Haft-Seen (Means Seven-S’s, It include, seven items that in Farsi begin with the letter S). In Nowruz days, Iranian people, spend their time to visiting relatives and friends and giving gifts.

 

Iranian Celebrations : Yalda Night

Iranian Celebration - Yalda Night

Yalda Night or Chalet Night is another important ancient Iranian celebration. On Yalda festival, Iranians celebrate the victory of light over darkness. It is celebrated as the tallest night of the year, as well as the beginning of a longer days in the northern hemisphere.

Yalda is occurrence of a winter revolution. Yalda is not just a celebration but also it’s an ancient legacy of our ancestors that teaches us that we should living happy together in any moment of life. In This night, families, friends and acquaintances come together and eat different kinds of fruits and snacks.

The storytelling of the family oldest for other family members as well as Hafez horoscope ( This is called Faal-e Hafez) are also an important part of this long night.

Iranian Handicrafts and traditional arts are among the most important tourist attractions.

Iran is very rich in handicrafts, with a variety of about 300 fields and several thousand years old. Today we want to take you to this beautiful and fascinating world.

Hand woven carpet (Handmade Carpet)

Persian rug also known as Iranian carpet is an important floor covering . It is made by hand in Iran from high-quality wool and silk.
The motifs used in Iranian rugs are derived from the culture and lifestyle of its weavers from anywhere in Iran. It can be said that every Persian rug is a beautiful piece of Iranian culture and nature.
Although carpet weaving in Iran is a national art but  it is not limited to a city or a specific place in the country. Some cities are famous as a Iranian rug center, same as Tabriz, Kashan, Isfahan.

persian carpet
Khatam Kari (Marquetry)

The Persian marquetry (Also known as Persian inlaid work) is one of the most important Persian handicrafts.
Khatam is the art of decorating the surface of wooden objects in the form of mosaics with wooden, bone and metal geometric shapes.
From about 400 years ago, it has spread to various parts of Iran, especially in Shiraz and Isfahan. Delicate and meticulous marquetry has been produced since the Safavid dynasty. Khatam with smaller pieces is more highly valued.

Iranian Handicrafts - Khatam Kari

Persian Miniature

Miniature is a kind of painting which has a long history that dates back to the scribes of the medieval ages. It is a traditional Iranian style of painting that is very detailed. Except for Iran, also it can be seen in Japan, the Far East and China.

Finally, One of the most beautiful miniature types, are flowers and birds designs.

 

Iranian Handicrafts - Persian Miniature
Persian enameling (Mina Kari)

Persian enameling or Mina Kari has 5000 years of history. Mina Kari is the art of decorating metals with colored materials. Today, this art is mostly made on copper, but it can also be made on gold and silver. Isfahan is one of the major centers of Persian enameling.

Iranian handicrafts - Persian enameling

If you want to travel around Iran and see the different cities without tour operator help, you need to know about Iran’s public transportation system. For traveling to Iran you can choose air, rail or bus system which is depend on your travel style and even a country you will coming from.
To learn more about public transport in Iran, follow this article.

Bus

this is the first transportation way in Iran. There are more than 20 bus companies in Tehran and most of the big cities which offer daily services for all over the country. Bus transportation is comfortable and cheap so you can save your money, even by choosing Overnight buses between main cities you can manage your time. There is 4 Bus Terminal in Tehran, Which are visible on Google map.
Most of Iranian cities have local bus services. Tehran has bust rapid transportation system which is known as BRT and it’s a best way to escape traffic during peak time in city center. Keep in mind that in urban bus men and women sit in separate place.

Bus in iran
Metro

Subway is available in Tehran and Mashhad. Tehran subway system has four lines with different direction. Also an extra line goes to Karaj, a big city in neighbor Tehran. The Tehran subway operates daily from 5.30am-11pm.

subway in iran
Taxi

Different types of taxis are available in Iran:
Yellow or green taxis. These are belongs to official taxi companies in Iran. Most of them work on a certain route, but it does not mean that you cannot take a taxi for a different direction. These taxis carry up to 4 people unless you rent them individually.
Taxi drivers just accept cash. To taking taxi in Iran you can either stand in street or goes to the nearest taxi station.
Also some citizens, who are actually on the way to work or certain destinations, pick up passengers who are going to the same route. Their car has no taxi sign but they charge the same as yellow taxis.
Also there is a number of taxi- app for some cities. Snapp and Tap30 are quite popular in Iran. These apps work the same as Uber.

Tazis in iran

One of the most important questions about traveling to Iran is how How should wear in Iran ? And maybe it makes lots of tourist worry, but don’t worry. It’s not as terrible as what you saw in fake news but there are definitely rules you need to follow.

Come along with us to review some rules about what to wear in Iran

how to wear in iran

Dress code for women in Iran

The first rule is about headscarf. According to Iranian law, women must cover their hair. It doesn’t need place scarf just right up to your forehead and no problem if you showing a little of your hair unless when you will go to mosque or shrine.

tourist in iran

Second rule is about legs and body. Your body should be covered with clothes. Arms and shoulders should not be bare. Women must wear something like man shirt, coat or manteau with trousers or long skirt. Tunics are good if they cover up your bum. There is no any limitation about color and tight jeans are no problem.

Knee also should not be bare. Legs must be covered down to ankles. Feet can be uncovered and you can wear sandals. Varnished nails are no problem.Dress code for women in Iran

Finally, it’s better for you to enter Iran with scarf and something like men’s shirt after that choosing and changing your style as Iranian local women in the streets. And please attention some cities in Iran such as Yazd, and Kashan are more conservative, and people are more traditional. So be more careful about what you wear and your scarf.

Dress code in Iran

Dress code for men in Iran

Rules are simpler for men. Legs and upper arms should not be bare. And Shorts are not acceptable in public places and urban areas but T-shirts are acceptable. Wearing ties or bows is not a problem but it’s not a common among locals.

Overall as a tourist it’s enough to try to obey the rules and don’t worry if you don’t get everything right.

Dress code for men in Iran

Social media and Internet in Iran

All the tips you should know about the Social Media and internet in Iran, Before traveling there. Knowing these guidelines may help to make your trip easier. Almost all hotels in Iran have a free WIFI service; also some cafe and restaurants have too. If you buy Iranian SIM card , internet connectivity is available almost all around the country. Just internet speed might decrease in some areas outside the city or the roads. Upon arrival Iran, at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) , you can purchase a local SIM card with internet service on it.Iranian Sim Card

There are three mobile operators in Iran which offer temporary SIM-cards for tourists. According to the rules to purchase the SIM card you need to show your passport and visa stamp. In terms of internet connection, Irancell and Rightel are the better choice than MCI. They offer good 3G and 4G/LTE data package with cheap price.

Internet in iran

Whatsapp and Telegram are the most popular messenger apps in Iran and are the best way to communicate with your family during the time that you will be in Iran. Some social media like Twitter, Facebook, BBC and most Western news services are blocked in Iran. If you can’t stay without, there’s a way to get around this firewall. That way is using a VPN. With connecting to a VPN in less than 5 seconds both domestic and international limitations are vanished .On a simple Google search you can find many VPN services. Frequently the paid versions start from one month, so if you staying just a week you can choose a free one.

Instagram and messaging apps such as Whatsapp are easily accessible. To chat with Iranian People you should install Telegram. However, it’s blocked; it’s still the most used messenger app in Iran.

Social media in Iran

Iranian food You Must Try

Some foods in a country are considered as an unique attraction of that region. Tasting these foods for tourists is a novelty with an interesting and new flavor. So this taste, along with other landmarks of that area, makes the journey more memorable and more marvelous for them. Iran also have these special foods.

Iranian Food

Come along with us to review some of these foods:

Iranian Kebab

1- Chelow with Kinds of Kebab (lamb, chicken, liver and minced meat)
Kebab is more diverse than you think. The first type is Kebab koubideh. Minced meat and chopped onion, salt and pepper. It looks simple, but taste is awesome.
Kabab Barg is another kind of kebab that is made from lamb or calves, which added to saffron and butter and lemon juice for making meat more delicious. The grilled chicken, called Joojeh Kabab, is another type of kebabs too.
If you are lucky, you can also eat liver. Grilled lambs liver which served with fresh basil and lemon. All these kind of Kebab serve with Iranian rice or bread

iranian kebab

Chelow kebab

Ghormeh Sabzi in Iran

2- Ghormeh Sabzi Stew- (A mix of red beans, small pieces of meat and special vegetable) with Cooked Rice.
3- Zereshk polow- (Barberry Rice with chicken) the traditional rice dish, which is covered with barberry.

Zereshk polo in iran

Zereshk polow- Barberry Rice

4- Fessenjan-A Traditional food and is common among the Iranian people. Walnuts, chicken, and pomegranate Sauce are the main ingredients of the Fessenjan
5- Tah dig -(crispy fried rice). Tah dig is Iranian food soul. That is a golden rice layer that the taste is similar to popcorn and potato chips. Usually there is no in the restaurant menu, and it should be requested separately.

Tahdig in Iran

Tah dig

Taste Baghali Polo in Iran

6- Baghali polow- Broad Bean and Cooked Rice with Meat. Green and yellow Broad Bean among Iranian rice with Scented vegetables and Saffron which is cooked with butter or oil. This meal served with tasty boiled meat. it is an unique Iran cuisine.

Baghali polo

Baghali polow