It’s possibly not in the ‘Top 10 Most Visited Countries’, but Iran has a lot to offer tourists. Often called the ‘birthplace of civilisation’, Iran boasts immense history, art, science, and culture, as well as breathtaking architecture, and outstanding cuisine - amongst many other attractions!
With mountains, arid desert, and coastline - both on the Black Sea and the Persian Gulf, there is plenty to attract the nature-lover.
March - May
September - October
One word: Persepolis!
Wander through the former US Embassy in Tehran
Go skiing in the Alborz mountains near Tehran
Marvel at the architecture of the mosques and palaces in Tehran; the Paris of the East
See 14th century air conditioning systems in Yazd
Buy some of the world’s most prized saffron - ‘sargol’ and learn about what makes it so special!
Go diving in the Iranian Gulf
Visit the bazaar and marvel at the spices, fruits and teas on offer - and enjoy a much more relaxed experience than in many other bazaars around the world!
Camp in the desert
See the famous Persian carpets being woven, and learn what really makes them so valuable
Try the moreish Persian ice cream
Sample some of the most delicious and diverse cuisine in the region
Take a dip in the Black Sea
Learn how ice used to be stored through the hot summers before freezers
Enjoy some football with the locals in Naqsh-eJahan Square in front of the palace
Iran is the last home of the Asiatic Cheetah (there is thought to only be around 50 left in the wild). It survives in protected areas of the East/Central region, and their image was printed on the strip of the Iranian national football team in the 2014 World Cup to raise awareness about their conservation.
Iran has the highest Volcano in Asia (Mount Damavand, 5609m)!