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Iran best attractions

With endless architectural masterpieces, natural wonders, diverse culture and people, Iran invites visitors for incredible discoveries. In this post we just listed the most recommended sites and cities with few photos to help you get a feeling about the sites. The city and the list orders are based on popularity of the site. Some of the popular natural sites are listed at the end of this post. Some local cuisine to enjoy in each city is also included.

And of course our lists are not through and you might find other hidden treasures or adjust the priorities based on your taste. Visiting all the sites listed for each city would be impractical, just pick the ones that intrigues you the most.  To efficiently visit all the attractions and discover your own version of Iran, check out our post about planning your trip to Iran.



Most recommended attractions:

  1. Nagshe Jahan square
  2. Grand Bazar
  3. Jame mosque
  4. Hasht Behesht palace
  5. Chehel setoun
  6. Vank catherdral and Armenian neighborhood
  7. Si-o-se Pole
  8. Chahar Bagh
  9. Ali Gholi Agha hammam
  10. Khajoo bridge

Things to enjoy:

  1. Traditional ice creams
  2. Tea rooms
  3. Beryani
  4. Khoresht e-mast

Recommended time to stay: 2 to 4 days




Most recommended attractions:

  1. Old town
  2. Towers of silence
  3. Dowlat Abad garden
  4. Zoroastrian fire temple
  5. Amir Chakhmaq complex
  6. Jameh mosque
  7. Alexander’s prison
  8. Lariha house
  9. Water museum

Things to enjoy:

  1. Gotab and Pashmak
  2. Gheyme Yazdi
  3. Ash-e Shooli

Recommended time to stay: 2 to 3 days




Most recommended attractions:

  1. Persepolis (Takht-e-Jamshid)
  2. Nasir-ol-molk mosque
  3. Eram garden
  4. Arg-e Karim Khan
  5. Bazar-e Vakil
  6. Ghavam house
  7. Tomb of Hafez
  8. Tomb of Saadi
  9. Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine
  10. Pasargadae
  11. Zinat-ol-molk house
  12. Shapouri house

Things to enjoy:

  1. Faloodeh and traditional ice cream
  2. Shirin polo
  3. Ranginak

Recommended time to stay: 2 to 4 days




Most recommended attractions:

  1. Golestan palace
  2. The National Jewelry Treasury
  3. National museum of Iran
  4. Grand bazar
  5. Sa’dabad complex
  6. Darband
  7. Milad tower
  8. Carpet museum
  9. Niavaran palace
  10. Darakeh
  11. Azadi tower

All sorts of Iranian food can be enjoyed in Tehran, you just need to find a good restaurant. Here is the list of some of recommended dining options:

  1. Cafe Tehroon
  2. Try Tah-chin at Moslem restaurant
  3. Try Dizi or Kebabs in Darband or Daraakeh
  4. Kebabs at Sharaf El Islam restaurant
  5. For shopping nuts and dry fruits try Tavazo or Ayoub shops

Recommended time to stay: 1 to 2 days



Most recommended attractions:

  1. Rose and rose water festival (only around end of May)
  2. Abyaneh village
  3. Agha Bozorg mosque
  4. Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse
  5. Fin garden
  6. Borujerdi house
  7. Tabatabaei house
  8. Noushabad underground city

Things to enjoy:

  1. Somauc meat balls
  2. Yougert with eggplants

Recommended time to stay: 1 to 2 days



Most recommended attractions:

  1. Masouleh village
  2. Rudkhan Castle

Things to enjoy:

  1. Fesenjan
  2. Mirza Ghasemi
  3. Zeytun Parvardeh (Olives with pomegranate paste)

Recommended time to stay: 1 to 2 days



Most recommended attractions:

  1. Sareyn village and thermal baths
  2. Heyran passage
  3. Nomands in Khalkhal area
  4. Sheikh Safi al-Din shrine

Things to enjoy:

  1. Ashe doghe
  2. Pechagh ghaymeh
  3. Kebabs
  4. Breakfast with local honey, cream and bread

Recommended time to stay: 1 to 2 days




Most recommended attractions:

  1. Kandovan village
  2. Lake Urmia
  3. Bazar
  4. Shahgoli park

Things to enjoy:

  1. Meat balls
  2. Tomato Ash
  3. Lighvan cheese

Recommended time to stay: 1 to 2 days


Natural attractions


To visit some of these amazing natural sites, off-road vehicles or some mountain climbing might be required, but you could easily organize a 1 or 2 day visit with a tour.

Here is just few of the natural sites, the list ordering does not recommended priority in visiting the site, just pick the ones that inspire you the most and fits with your plans.

  1. Lut desert
  2. Lake Urmia
  3. Qeshm island
  4. Mount Damavand
  5. Qom salt lake
  6. Maranjab desert
  7. Badab-e Surt
  8. Mount Sabalan
  9. Namarestagh


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    • Mostafa
      on August 4, 2018

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  • on December 3, 2018

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    • Mostafa
      on December 4, 2018


      Are you looking to create a blog related to traveling to Iran, what we try to do here is to just provide the most popular and interesting information people need for traveling to Iran, but of course the interests are different and they are many things that we can still add to our blog.


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