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Amazing Places to Visit in Iran

Amazing Places to Visit in Iran

Visit Iran 🇮🇷

Iran is an amazing country.

Do you have any doubts about it?

I know that the general opinion in the West is that Iran is a dangerous country.

The NEWS in Europe and the US tell us about a different Iran. They describe a place full of violence that makes us believe the country is populated with mad, unfriendly and ferocious people.

Well, we got that wrong…

Visit Iran

Visit Iran – 79 reasons and places that will make Iran your next travel destination

❓ Why?

  • First: Iran is one of the safest places I’ve ever been to. Crime is much lower than in most European countries and USA.
  • Second: Iranian people are among the friendliest and most hospitable in the World;
  • Third: Iran is quite developed, clean, and its population are well educated and have cultural / political awareness.

I’ve been twice to Iran. The last time was back in 2012. I went along with my girlfriend and we left Iran with the desire of coming back soon. And we will.

I’m sure that your opinion about Iran will change after you check out these 79 reasons and places that will make Iran your next travel destination.

✅ 1- Arg-e Rayen Citadel in Rayen

Citadel Arg Rayen in Rayen - Places to Visit in Iran

1,000 years old Arg Rayen Citadel in Rayen – Places to Visit in Iran

✅ 2- Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan

Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan - Visit Iran

Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan built in the 16th century. The interior decoration of this palace is incredible

✅ 3- Golestan Palace in Tehran

Golestan Palace in Tehran - UNESCO Sites in Iran

Golestan Palace in Tehran built in the 16th century – UNESCO Sites in Iran

✅ 4- Naqsh-e Khostam

Naqsh-e Khostam ancient necropolis from 1000 BC - Sightseeing in Iran

Naqsh-e Khostam ancient necropolis from 1000 BC – Sightseeing in Iran

✅ 5- Alis Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage

Alis Malt Beverage - What to drink in Iran

Alis Malt Beverage – What to drink in Iran

✅ 6- Amir Chakmak Mosque Complex in Yazd

Amir Chakmak Mosque in Yazd - Monuments and Sightseeing in Iran

Amir Chakmak Mosque in Yazd from the 16th century – Monuments and Sightseeing in Iran

✅ 7- Architecture in Tehran

Architecture Tehran - Visit Iran

Architecture in Tehran – Visit Iran

✅ 8- Arg-e Bam Citadel in Bam

Bam Citadel - UNESCO Sites in Iran

Bam Citadel, was the largest adobe building in the world – UNESCO Sites in Iran

✅ 9- Ateshkadeh Zaroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd

Zoroastrian Religion Ateshkadeh Fire Temple in Yazd - Religion in Iran

Zoroastrian Religion Ateshkadeh Fire Temple in Yazd – Religion in Iran

✅ 10- Bastani Traditional Restaurant in Isfahan

Bastani Traditional Restaurant in Isfahan - Where to eat in Iran

Bastani Traditional Restaurant in Isfahan – Where to eat in Iran

✅ 11- Market Bazar-e No in Shiraz

Market Bazar No in Shiraz - Where to go in Iran

Market Bazar No in Shiraz – Where to go in Iran

✅ 12- Market Bazar-e Vakil in Shiraz

Market Bazar Vakil in Shiraz - Where to go in Iran

Market Bazar Vakil in Shiraz – Where to go in Iran

✅ 13- Begh-e Melli Complex in Tehran

Begh-e Melli in Tehran - Monuments and Sightseeing in Iran

Begh-e Melli in Tehran. The National Garden gates built in 1906 – Monuments and Sightseeing in Iran

✅ 14- Boat Bandar Abbas to Qeshm Island

Boat Bandar Abbas to Qeshm Island - What to do in Iran

Boat from Bandar Abbas to Qeshm Island through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf – Visit Iran

✅ 15- Iranian Breakfast

Iranian Breakfast - What to eat in Iran

Iranian Breakfast with tomato scrambled eggs and fresh Mango Juice – What to eat in Iran

✅ 16- Busy Streets in Tehran

Busy Streets Tehran - Visit Iran

Busy Streets of Tehran – Visit Iran

✅ 17- Caravanserai and Textile Museum in Meybod

Textile Museum in Meybod - What to do in Iran

Textile Museum in Meybod – What to do in Iran

✅ 18- Zoroastrian Shrine in Chak Chak

Chak Chak Zoroastrian Shrine - Visit Iran

Chak Chak Zoroastrian Shrine with an ever-dripping mountain spring

✅ 19- New City Center in Bam

Bam new city - Places to Visit in Iran

Bam new city – Places to Visit in Iran

✅ 20- Iranian Craftsmen

Skillful Iranian Craftsmen - What to buy in Iran

Skillful Iranian Craftsmen – What to buy in Iran

✅ 21- Eat Fresh Blackberries

Fresh Blackberries - What to eat in Iran

Eat Fresh Blackberries selling on the street – What to eat in Iran

✅ 22- Fatima Masumeh Shrine in Qom

Fatima Masumeh Shrine in Qom - Religion in Iran

Fatima Masumeh Shrine in Qom – Religion in Iran

✅ 23- Fortress Arg-e Karim Khan in Shiraz

Fortress Arg Karim Khan in Shiraz - Places to Visit in Iran

Fortress Arg Karim Khan in Shiraz built in 1766 – Places to Visit in Iran

✅ 24- Jameh Mosque in Isfahan

Jameh Mosque in Isfahan built in 1611 - UNESCO Sites in Iran

Jameh Mosque in Isfahan built in 1611 – UNESCO Sites in Iran

✅ 25- Fresh Fruit Juices

Fresh Fruit Juices - What to drink in Iran

Fresh Fruit Juices – What to drink in Iran

✅ 26- Gold Markets in Tehran

Gold Markets in Tehran - Visit Iran

Gold Markets in Tehran – Visit Iran

✅ 27- Vank Cathedral in Isfahan

Holy Savior Christian Cathedral in Isfahan - Religion in Iran

Holy Savior Cathedral in Isfahan from the Armenian Christians – Religion in Iran

✅ 28- Iranian Ice Cream

Iranian Ice Cream - What to eat in Iran

Iranian Ice Cream – What to eat in Iran

✅ 29- Ice House in Meybod

Ice House in Meybod - Sightseeing in Iran

Ice House in Meybod – Sightseeing in Iran

✅ 30- Imam Khomeini Mosque in Tehran

Imam Khomeini Mosque in Tehran - Religion in Iran

Imam Khomeini Mosque in Tehran – Religion in Iran

✅ 31- Imam Reza Shrine and Mosque in Mashhad

Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad - Religion in Iran

Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad – Religion in Iran

✅ 32- Imam Square in Isfahan

Imam Square in Isfahan - UNESCO Sites in Iran

Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan built in 1598 – UNESCO Sites in Iran

✅ 33- Iranian Food

Iranian Food - What to eat in Iran

Iranian Food – What to eat in Iran

✅ 34- Iranian Sweets

Iranian Sweets - What to buy in Iran

Iranian Sweets – What to buy in Iran

✅ 35- Jameh Mosque in Yazd

Jameh Mosque in Yazd - What to visit in Iran

Jameh Mosque in Yazd built in the 14th century – What to visit in Iran

✅ 36- Jamkaran Mosque in Qom

Jamkaran Mosque in Qom - Religion in Iran

Jamkaran Mosque in Qom – Religion in Iran

✅ 37- Aliqapu Bazar Artistic Complex in Isfahan

Market Bazars in Isfahan - What to see in Iran

Market Bazars in Isfahan – What to see in Iran

✅ 38- Old Village in Kharanaq

Kharanaq Village - Places to Visit in Iran

Kharanaq Adobe Village – Places to Visit in Iran

✅ 39- Malek National Library and Museum in Tehran

Malek National Library and Museum in Tehran - What to do in Iran

Malek National Library and Museum in Tehran – What to do in Iran

✅ 40- Mausoleum of Imamzadeh-ye Ali in Shiraz

Mausoleum of Imamzadeh-ye Ali Ebn-e Hamze in Shiraz - Religion in Iran

Mausoleum of Imamzadeh-ye Ali Ebn-e Hamze in Shiraz – Religion in Iran

✅ 41- Melli Park in Shiraz

Melli Park in Shiraz - Visit Iran

Melli Park in Shiraz

✅ 42- Old City in Meybod

Meybod old city - Places to Visit in Iran

Meybod old desert city – Places to Visit in Iran

✅ 43- Modern Art Sculpture Gardens

Modern Art Sculptures - What to see in Iran

Modern Art Sculptures in Gardens – What to see in Iran

✅ 44- Naqsh-e Rajab

Naqsh-e Rustam ancient necropolis from 1000 BC - Sightseeing in Iran

Naqsh-e Rajab archaeological site of the Sasanian dynasty from 224 AC to 651 AC – Sightseeing in Iran

✅ 45- Narein Castle in Meybod

Narein Castle in Meybod - Places to Visit in Iran

Narein Castle in Meybod – Places to Visit in Iran

✅ 46- National Museum of Iran in Tehran

National Museum in Tehran - What to do in Iran

National Museum in Tehran – What to do in Iran

✅ 47- Nazar Garden and Pars Museum in Shiraz

Pars Museum in Shiraz - What to do in Iran

Pars Museum in Shiraz – What to do in Iran

✅ 48- Old Post Office in Meybod

300 year old Post Office in Meybod - Places to Visit in Iran

300 year old Post Office in Meybod – Places to Visit in Iran

✅ 49- Pasargadae

Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae old Persian capital - UNESCO Sites in Iran

Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae old Persian capital from 559–530 BC – UNESCO Sites in Iran

✅ 50- Peace Museum in Tehran

Peace Museum in Tehran - What to do in Iran

Peace Museum in Tehran – What to do in Iran

✅ 51- Friendly Iranian People

Friendly Iranian People - Visit Iran

Friendly Iranian People – Visit Iran

✅ 52- Persepolis

Persepolis ancient city - UNESCO Sites in Iran

Persepolis ancient city from 550–330 BC – UNESCO Sites in Iran

✅ 53- Persian Calligraphy

Amazing Persian Calligraphy - Visit Iran

Amazing Persian Calligraphy

✅ 54- Persian Gulf Coast in Bandar Abbas

Bandar Abbas Persian Gulf port city - Where to go in Iran

Bandar Abbas Persian Gulf port city – Where to go in Iran

✅ 55- Iranian Pic Nic

Iranian Pic-nic - What to do in Iran

Iranian Pic-nic – What to do in Iran

✅ 56- Pigeon Tower in Meybod

Pigeon Tower in Meybod - Places to Visit in Iran

Pigeon Tower in Meybod – Places to Visit in Iran

✅ 57- Faloodeh Dessert in Shiraz

Faloodeh dessert from Shiraz topped with rose water and pomegranate jam - What to eat in Iran

Faloodeh dessert topped with rose water and pomegranate jam – What to eat in Iran

✅ 58- Empty Beaches in Qeshm Island

Qeshm Island Beaches - Visit Iran

Qeshm Island Beaches

✅ 59- Shahr Park in Tehran

Shahr Park in Tehran - Where to go in Iran

Shahr Park in Tehran – Where to go in Iran

✅ 60- Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan - Monuments and Sightseeing in Iran

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan – Monuments and Sightseeing in Iran

✅ 61- Shohada Martyrs Museum in Tehran

Shohada Martyrs Museum in Tehran - What to do in Iran

Shohada Martyrs Museum in Tehran – What to do in Iran

✅ 62- Si-o-se Pol Bridge in Esfahan

Cross the river of Si-o-se-Pol Bridge in Isfahan built in 1599 - What to do in Iran

Cross the river of Si-o-se-Pol Bridge in Isfahan – What to do in Iran

✅ 63- Iranian Souvenir Shops

Souvenir Shops - What to buy in Iran

Souvenir Shops – What to buy in Iran

✅ 64- Iranian Street Falafel

Street Falafel - What to eat in Iran

Street Falafel – What to eat in Iran

✅ 65- Tea Houses in Isfahan

Iranian Tea in a Traditional Chaykhana Tea House in Isfahan - What to drink in Iran

Iranian Tea in a Traditional Chaykhana Tea House in Isfahan – What to drink in Iran

✅ 66- Central Market Bazar in Tehran

Market Bazar in Tehran - Where to go in Iran

Market Bazar in Tehran – Where to go in Iran

✅ 67- Tomb of Aramgah-e Hafez in Shiraz

Tomb of Aramgah-e Hafez in Shiraz - Places to Visit in Iran

Tomb of Aramgah-e Hafez in Shiraz – Places to Visit in Iran

✅ 68- Towers of Silence in Yazd

Towers of Silence in Yazd - What to Visit in Iran

Towers of Silence in Yazd – What to Visit in Iran

✅ 69- Iranian Traditional Hotels

Traditional Hotels - Accommodation in Iran

Traditional Hotels – Accommodation in Iran

✅ 70- Traditional Iranian Carpets and Rugs

Iranian Carpet and Rugs - What to buy in Iran

Iranian Carpet and Rugs – What to buy in Iran

✅ 71- Traditional Iranian Puppet Shows

Traditional Iranian Puppet Show - What to do in Iran

Traditional Iranian Puppet Show – What to do in Iran

📹 Traditional Iranian Puppet Show in Golestan Palace, Tehran:

✅ 72- Iranian Religiousness and Spirituality

Religiousness and Spirituality - Religion in Iran

Religiousness and Spirituality – Religion in Iran

✅ 73- Vakil Mosque in Shiraz

Vakil Mosque in Shiraz - Visit Iran

Vakil Mosque in Shiraz – Visit Iran

✅ 74- Iranian Street Wall Art

Wall Art - What to see in Iran

Wall Art – What to see in Iran

✅ 75- Water Museum in Yazd

Water Museum in Yazd - What to do in Iran

Water Museum in Yazd – What to do in Iran

✅ 76- Old City in Yazd

Yazd Old City - Where to go in Iran

Yazd Old City – Where to go in Iran

✅ 77- Zaid Mosque in Tehran

Zaid Mosque in Tehran - Religion in Iran

Zaid Mosque in Tehran – Religion in Iran

✅ 78- Ziai Ye School in Yazd

Ziai Ye School in Yazd - Monuments and Sightseeing in Iran

Ziai Ye School in Yazd, also known as Alexander’s Prision – Monuments and Sightseeing in Iran

✅ 79- City Center in Shiraz

City Center in Shiraz - What to visit in Iran

City Center in Shiraz – What to visit in Iran

💡 Some ideas about Iran to be taken in consideration:

  • Everything Western TV says about Iran is mostly propaganda and do not correspond to the real Iran.
  • People are more friendly than you think.
  • The country is more developed than you think.
  • Iran is relatively cheap.
  • Iran will be one of the safest countries you’ve ever been to. Crime is almost non-existent.
  • Women travelers have to cover their hair while in Iran.
  • All countries in the world can get an easy 15 day Iranian Visa on arrival at any international airport. However, this rule does not apply to nationals of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States and Uzbekistan. Visa exemption countries are: Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey and Venezuela. Entry is banned to Israeli nationals.

Also that you should know about Iran,

🔖 Iranian sites inscribed on the World Heritage UNESCO list:

Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, Bam and its Cultural Landscape, Bisotun, Golestan Palace, Gonbad-e Qābus, Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan, Meidan Emam, Esfahan, Pasargadae, Persepolis, Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil, Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, Soltaniyeh, Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, Takht-e Soleyman, Tchogha Zanbil and The Persian Garden.

Imam Mosque in Isfahan - Religion in Iran

Imam Mosque in Isfahan built in 1611 – UNESCO Sites in Iran

🔖 Iranian sites submitted on the Tentative List of UNESCO:

Alisadr Cave, Arasbaran Protected Area, Bastam and Kharghan, Bazaar of Qaisariye in Laar, Cultural Landscape of Alamout, Damavand, Firuzabad Ensemble, Ghaznavi- Seljukian Axis in Khorasan, Hamoun Lake, Harra Protected Area, Hegmataneh, Historic ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin, Historic Monument of Kangavar, Historical Ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin, Hyrcanian Forest Caspian Forest, Jame’ Congregational Mosque of Esfahan, Jiroft, Kaboud Mosque, Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure, Khabr National Park and Ruchun Wildlife Refuge, Khorramabad Valley, Kuh-e Khuaja, Lut Desert the vicinity of Shahdad, Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab, Persepolis and other relevant, Qanats of Gonabad, Qeshm Island, Sabalan, Shahr-e Sukhteh, Shush, Silk Route also as Silk Road, Susa, Tape Sialk, Taq-e Bostan, The Collection of Historical Bridges, The Complex of Handmade Settlements in Iran Maymand Village, The Complex of Izadkhast, The Cultural Landscape of Uramanat, The Cultural-Natural Landscape of Ramsar, The Ensemble of Historical Sassanian Cities in Fars Province Bishabpur Firouzabad Sarvestan, The Historical City of Masouleh, The Historical City of Maybod, The Historical Port of Siraf, The Historical Structure of Yazd, The Historical Texture of Damghan, The Historical Village of Abyaneh, The Historical–Cultural Axis of Fin Sialk Kashan, The Natural-Historical Landscape of Izeh, The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province, Touran Biosphere Reserve, Tous Cultural Landscape and Zozan.

Visual artist shares inspiring photos and exotic travel destinations. Adventure travel blogger with ideas and narratives to motivate independent travelers and audacious backpackers. Intense journeys into more than 126 countries around Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania since 1999. Expat in Morocco - North Africa since 2007, polyglot and proud Lonely Planet Pathfinders blogger.

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I would suggest you to visit Pakistan too, you will be much more surprised.

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Kamal I really want to visit Pakistan, I hope soon. Which places should I go in Pakistan? Any suggestions? Thank you.

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Loving your travel blog and great insightful information in your blog.

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Hi there,
Thanks a million for these beautiful pictures. I love them. I have taken a bunch on my last visit (May 2016 after 11 years). Even I, as an Iranian, was surprised by the beauty of Iranian people and of course the country itself. I felt safe, loved, and joyous throughout my 3 weeks visit. There were so many tourists and especially women traveling alone – many told me they felt very safe traveling by themselves. And that they loved it in Iran.
I love it that you were able to create a life of travel for yourself. I hope you go to more places and share your photos with everyone.
Thanks again for posting these wonderful photos and saying nice and true things about Iran 🙂

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Olá João,
I´m writing in english (not in our portugues language) for all other readers understand my question, and much more important … your answer.

What type and frequency of acommodations can we find in Iran ? I´m planning to go in my motorcycle, and because it´s not “yet” a touristic destination, I don’t know if it is easy to find hotels or campings or … anywhere in the country and if it is affordable ?

Abraço e Obrigado, Luis Lopes
Serra da Estrela – Portugal

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Hello Luis! thank you for your comment. YES it is very easy to find affordable hotels. Last year a friend of mine – Paula, she drove her BMW bike from Portugal to Iran and back. Alone. Enjoy your trip!

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Dude. Iran has been high on my list for a while, but these shots are incredible. I really have to go soon. I wonder if it is too hot in June? When did you visit?

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WOOOOOWWW i found my motherland super beautiful through your pictures man Thanks a lot, I cannot wait to visit there again

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hello Amir, thank you for your comment. I’m glad you get so excited about it. Indeed your motherland is incredibly beautiful. You should try to go there again and explore a bit more! Happy New Year from south Morocco!

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Mesmerizing Iran!
Would definitely love to visit one day… it’s not so often depicted on travel blogs, but you painted a beautiful picture with your stunning photos.

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thanks for your comment. Iran is very beautiful, well.. the whole region of Middle East and Central Asia offers amazing places. Happy travels.

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I’ve been wanting to visit Iran for a while and this article has only made me more keen to visit. Unfortunately I need to wait until I get a new passport due to some of my current passport stamps. As soon as that arrives Iran will be on my must visit list. We met some Iranians whilst they were travelling in Turkey and they were so friendly – great ambassadors of their country!

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I wish you a great travel in Iran. You’re going to love it! thank you for your comment and visiting my blog.

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You’ve just convinced me to visit Iran next year.There are some relatively cheap flights from Poland with Belavia. I would probably book for next May.

How much did you spent on average per day?

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hum… I don’t really remember about the first time since it was back in 2004, but in 2012 I was paying around 10 Euros for hotel double room. Some hotels have dorms for 4.5 and other hotels up to 30 euros double. food was cheap. So lets say you can get around with 20 or 30 Euros per day with transport, food, hotel.

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Warm greeting from kashan Joao.
Thank u for ur publishing positive view of iran.
I recommend visisting my hometown kashan in ur next trip to iran and i can host u in ur staying.
Ancient hill aged 7000 years ago and historical houses are worthy of visiting.
Urs
Abolfazl

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wow…thanks for your compliments about our country…many people in the world have got a negative mentality about our country since the medias and their propaganda has always been trying to depict a very tarnished picture of Iran in every single mind…but more people coming here,more truth spread around that we are not what you have been told…our civilization dates back to 4 or 5 thousands of years ago and we are still bearing this honour…following the recent agreement nailed down between Iran and p5+1 we are about a tourism boom and we are hopeful to redeem our stolen fame again…btw,when ever you backed here i would love to meet up with you

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I lived in Isfahan in the mid to late 70s as a child & love the food, people, architecture, & culture. Some of my favorite memories are going to nearby countryside near agriculture for picnics & camping. Thank you for sharing your website.

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Tilak Abeysinghe
October 9, 2015 10:31 am

I fully agree with the views given as I spent two years which I consider one of the best countries that I visited. Iranians are very educated, cultured and friendly. The cost of living is very law and the living standards very high compared to many Asian and African countries. Food is so cheap that there will be no one who starves. I would visit again Iran in my life.

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Hey great job. It highlighted a lot of amazing stuff about Iran that even me, as an Iranian, didn’t know about Iran. Just a suggestion, next visit, go to Qazvin.

Ab Anbars of Qazvin are some brilliant places that I’m sure you will enjoy if you haven’t visited it yet.

Send my regards to Iran if you go again 😀

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Hi João,

Thanks for the article and the excellent photos. I have made a few comments which I hope you don’t mind. See below:

Regards, Reza (from Iran)

4. Typo error. Should read “Naghshe-Rostam”
5. Try also “Doogh AbeAli” – This is the same as Salty Lassi yoghurt drink but carbonated.
21. These are Black Mulberry (not blackberry)
28. That is not a photo of an Iranian Ice cream. Google “Akbar Mashti ice cream” for the right one!
62. The river has run dry long ago!
64. Falafel is not Iranian. Instead try street cooked sweet Laboo (cooked Beetroot), street Baghali (cooked king broad beans), or street Shalgham (street cooked Turnips).
70. These are not photos of Iranian rugs. Instead google “Persian Carpets or Rugs”

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hey mate , thanks for this great job.
but man , you must visit north of Iran (Gilan , Mazandaran). you will be surprised , its like a heaven on earth , Iran is country that have jungles in north , mountains in center.

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I lived in Iran twice, 1968-1970 and it was a fabulous time; I lived there again in 1978 when I had to flee the country. I definitely prefer to remember the first time, I thought the country was beautiful and the people so friendly and the food, well, I could go on forever about the food. Some of my Iranian friends escaped in 1978 and are here now in the US. I see them often and we love to talk about the good times we had, back then. I hope to be able to return again some day just for old times sake. I will never forget what a stunning country it was in so many ways.

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Thank you Joao for your beautiful photos and fair comments. I frequently visit your page. Don’t forget traveling to Khouzestan province. It is heart of history including Susa, Chogha zambil near Haft tappe, Shoushtar, Dezful, Abadan, Kul Farah near Izeh and real battle fields such as Fatholmobin near Susa and Shalamche near Khorramshahr.

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I am Mojtaba
I invite you to come Qazvin
Beautiful places to personally show you
If you want to contact me

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This was great fun to scroll through your photos. We spent 3 weeks in Iran in March/April of this year. My husband is Persian. It took me a lot of years to make the decision to travel with my husband to visit Iran, but I believe everything happens when it is supposed to and it was time for me to go. It’s a land of contrasts, some things are all kinds of wonderful and some not so much. I’m just now starting to write about our experience, I wanted to take the time to process my thoughts. And, quite honestly, I did not want to blog while still in Iran.

Also wanted to say thanks so much for including us in your 50+ list, we greatly appreciate the shout out. We look forward to following your journey.

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What a gorgeous country, thanks for the photos! I don’t think i’ve ever been on your site before, as a fellow travel writer, hello. 🙂

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Your intro shot with the car and lady in black with a cane is really great Joao! Love it. Someday I’ll visit Iran. You need to come up with a post on how to tell your family you’re going to Iran, though, haha.

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haha but that post is very easy. “How to tell your family you’re going to Iran?”

a) go with them – family trip

Mom, … Dad… we’re going on a family trip. I got the tickets already.

Aren’t you excited???!!!

OMG

b) don’t tell anyone.

c) Iran is pretty safe, it’s just wrong propaganda about it. don’t doubt about it.

🙂 bon voyage! big hug all the way from Sfax!

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Good article! You are correct about the perception of Iran in the USA. Most of our news channels depict it as an unstable and violent country, which does upset me, because I’ve always been interested in the middle east, I love the architecture and music from this part of the world. It’s been a place I’ve always wanted to visit, but always been wary of because of the media. I’ve certainly reconsidered and will hopefully be able to make a visit here at some point. I’ll of course do more research, because I know every country does have it’s bad areas.

Thanks!

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Hey joao, thanks to your greate photos and your endeavour in showing the real iran to others and not the shadowy poletic face. I hope one day i will travel through other countries but until that day i’m travelling in iran and i will be greateful if one wants my assistance to visit iran.

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Salam Joao, enjoyed the pictures very much…I am Iranian and I will be traveling there in couple of months to see the parts
I haven’t seen ! probably, Naein, Kerman , Kashan, Yazd and possibly Hamedan….Isfahan is one of my favourites that I will
visit again……Its really nice to see the Tourists enjoy Iran and have a good time…..wish u the best Joao, on your next visit…

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Farzi salam! thank you for visiting my page about Iran. I really appreciate that you as Iranian write me few words about my effort to portrait your country in a nice way. Iran provides amazing experience to travelers. haha you should go and visit all these places! greetings from Morocco!

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Joao – very interesting and unexpected post. Thank you. My family is traveling abroad for 8-10 months. Perhaps we’ll visit Iran. What are your thoughts on a family of 6 visiting?

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Greetings Sterling how are your HUGE family of travelers doing? Thank you for visiting and reading my Iran article. My personal opinion regarding your concern is very straight forward, look, Iran is 100% family oriented as the government incentives people to engage into married life earlier than our countries in the West. That said, you’ll see families everywhere, out on the streets, picnic on weekends, plus, I think that will bring you a all new approach for Iranians, as they are very hospitable, I would say you’ll receive tons of invitations to join them either at home for dinner, or for those famous weekends out for picnic. Enjoy and go with the flow, respect the culture and you will be incredibly rewarded. Remember: smile and people smile back, don’t be suspicious and people will not be suspicious, don’t be judgmental and people will not judge. Happy travels and please stay in touch.

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Ivan Nikolov
June 12, 2014 1:21 am

What about Kandovan, Lake Urmiah, Mt Damavand … Iran has plenty in addition to your great article 🙂

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I’m preparing my next trip to Iran maybe next year. I’ll add many other nice places to this list Ivan. thank you for your tips I’ll write them down. greetings from China!

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João, don’t skip Abyaneh, Shush and Shushtar as well. Iran is a fascinating destination and people are amazing. Safe trip!

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cool let me know when u r here, I would be happy to show u around …. anyway happy u liked it 🙂

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Nadia thank you for your invitation! Of course I’ll let you know when I’ll be back to Iran. I’m glad I have a guide now. Thank you so much – please don’t forget about me then. haha big kiss from Morocco! bye

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I recently went to Iran, ….same feeling…i didnt want to come back. Amazing people…Nice Job Joao

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Thank you very much for your comment Gerardo! happy travels greetings from China

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Melinda Anderson
June 4, 2014 9:24 am

Thank you for this beautiful pictorial. I would love to see all of these sites in Iran but I have to accept that I am now too old to go there. It is like this, I have the time but not the money! Your pictures are the next best thing, thank you again for sharing.

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thank you for your comment Melinda. I guess that Iran is actually very cheap to go in. If you get to Istanbul with an cheap air ticket from anywhere in Europe, you can get a 25 Euros direct bus to Tehran. Also you can pick up your Iranian visa in Istanbul. Then in Iran all is so very cheap, hotel, transportation and food. Bon voyage!!!

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i am happy that Iran is one of your favorite places and i hope you will get back soon there,i am more happy that a tourist discovered almost Iran and sad not Tabriz 🙁 i have not seen any photo from Tabriz Joao 🙁
i shared your page in our page and i am sure that it will have a good influence 🙂
muito obrigado caro Joao !

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Hello friend Hadi thank you for your nice comment. Yes, Tabriz is missing from this list, but I’m leaving north west Iran for my next visit to the country! Don’t worry I’ll get there! big hug

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thank you so much for this great detailed story about Iran. I am Iranian and wish to tell the picture of Iran in other media is not that true. thank you for writing this article.

also we are conducting an online survey to find out shortcomings of Iranian tourism. I appreciate if you can take part in it here:

http://otraq.com/survey.aspx?survey=1

and pls share it with your friends who has been in Iran.

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hello Sajad salam, thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked this page, with a nice view of your country. I already took part of your survey. Thank you.

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hi João, thank you for taking time to take part in our survey. I appreciate it. hope to meet you in person soon.
regards

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Fadia Enciso
June 2, 2014 11:14 am

Hi!, Congratulations on your page!, very complete information about the places you can visit in Iran; it’s definitely helpin’ me a lot to plan my solo trip to Iran, thank you very much for sharing! Beautiful pics!
Greetings from Mexico!

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Hello Fadia! how are you? Glad you liked this page about Iran, indeed a very exotic and nice travel destination. I’m traveling to Mexico just in a couple of days from now! I hope I will enjoy it also! greetings from Rio de Janeiro!

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So, let me guess; Are you traveling to the Riviera Maya? one of the most famous destinations in my country, eventhough you can find many interesting places!, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! First time here?

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Greetings – HOLA! well the Riviera Maya was not on my plans, but for sure Yucatán Peninsula and Chiapas, then up to Veracruz and finally Mexico city to fly out, back to Rio. I’m sure first time of many… thank you for your double comment see you in Mexico! 😀

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Well, you’ve chosen a good route, actually Yucatán has many nice sites to visit, that´s one of my favourite states in my country!, and also Chiapas!, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Tajin in Veracruz, I hope you can enjoy the route, and I’ll be glad to help, it there’s any advice you may need!, I live in Mexico City, and it also has some nice places to visit!, So keep in touch!!

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hey Fadia! I loved Mexico city one of my favorite cities now. Amazing culture, history and tasty street food! big kiss all the way from China!

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Debra Sarkozy
June 1, 2014 5:29 pm

Next time you are in Iran take the time to visit Tabriz and the surrounding areas. Also Shomal and the towns along the Caspian Sea. Breathtaking densely forested mountains, natural springs toppling down granite mountains… The northern provinces of Iran are so different from the rest of Iran.

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Greetings Debra, thank you so much for your comment. I’ve been to Iran twice, and none of those times I visited near the Caspian Sea nor the most western part of the country. Although I always had in mind that I would come back to explore that region and destinations like Shomal and Tabriz. I like to explore slowly, so far I think I did explore quite extensively the East, Center and Southern part of Iran, but, more is missing. So, I’m planing a next visit, to go to many more place I missed out. Thank you for pointing that out! greetings from Rio de Janeiro!

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Navid Zarrinnal
May 30, 2014 11:32 pm

Greetings from Iran. These pictures are incredible. I hope more tourists come to Iran. Thank you 🙂

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Navid salam, I’m happy you like my way of seeing Iran, as being an amazing country. I think Iran is totally ready to receive more tourist. Lets hope better for the future. Big hug motashakeram

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Great post, I would love to have the chance to experience all of the culture. The landscapes look incredible. Magnificent pictures, thanks for sharing!

-Sara

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Sara, thank you for having time to comment my page. I’m glad other travelers interact with me. Big hug from Rio de Janeiro and bon voyage!

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Cliff Inglis
May 30, 2014 2:26 pm

I really enjoyed this and the photos are amazing. I was so taken with this I posted it to my Facebook page as I have some Iranian friends there.
I got a negative response from one of them regarding the “Ideas To Consider About Iran”. He stated that this was not true and that there is crime there and that prices are high. He went on to say that most of what happens in Iran is not allowed to be published in the papers.
These things really don’t worry me as I love Iran and the Iranian people. All countries have their problems.

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Thank you so much for your comment concerning my Iranian page Cliff. I really appreciate it. Well, I think that we will find people complaining in countries such as Sweden, Finland and Norway, so for sure some people in Iran are definitely going to complain… My point here is that on my text I wrote: “Crime is much lower than in most European countries and USA” which clearly says there is some crime, but much less than Europa of USA (US has huge crime rate). Comparing crime rate of Iran and other really dangerous places like Buenos Aires, Lima, Nairobi, Kampala, Bogotá or Rio de Janeiro where I’m at the moment, it’s just being totally out of the world’s reality. There is no possible comparison. Things are relatively cheap in Iran – meaning that if you do exchange Euros or Dollars on the streets, all Iran is very cheap to travel. I know that the reality for the general population is not like this, as I know things are expensive for normal Iranian people. All countries have their own problems. Also Iran, also my country. So.. the point of this page was to say good things about Iran. Not bad things. 🙂 like you Cliff, I also love Iran and Iranian people. big hug from Rio de Janeiro! Keep in touch and ahhhhhh before I forget, thank you for sharing my post on your wall.

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Cliff Inglis
May 30, 2014 3:34 pm

You’re very welcome and thank you for your prompt reply.
What you say is very true and I will use this in my reply to my friend. I feel anyone who thinks their country is a safe place really has their heads in the clouds, although as you say, compared to some it may well be.
Even my country, New Zealand, is not the safe place it used to be.
Looking at your photos and many others I have seen of Iran I always get a peaceful feeling. I feel this is a place where I could walk the streets without feeling threatened.
One thing I know to be true is the generosity of the Iranian people. Having posted this page on Facebook I mentioned that I would love to buy something from the souvenir shop you featured. I had no sooner posted this comment when one of my Iranian friends messaged me and asked if there was anything in particular I wanted as she would get it for me.I declined her kind offer as I really didn’t know what I wanted. I should also mention another example of the friendliness of the people. When it was my birthday one of my young friends baked me a cake with “Happy Birthday Cliff” written on it. She took a photo of herself holding it and posted it to my page. I don’t mind admitting this bought a tear to my eye. Here was a young lady I hardly knew and who I may never meet doing this for me. Very touching.
I feel more and more people are learning about Iran and it’s people. This is helped very much by your photo essays. As is said. “One picture is worth a thousand words.” I, in my own small way, do my best to promote Iran. as task I find a little hard sometimes because of the demonising Iran has and is receiving from the West.
Than you again. Keep up the good work.

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hello again Cliff! definitely agree with you about the generosity of Iranians. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your experience and give me real facts and stories on how people really are. I’m heading to NZ in a couple of months – I intend to stay during 10 -15 days. I hope I enjoy your country as well. BYE

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That was great thanks a lot hope enjoy your next trip too
just wanted to mention that we are sorry that Israeli nations are banned to enter the country, we have not really any problem with any people across the world of course the conflicts are only between the governments.

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Hi! thank you very much for commenting my page. I’m very happy you left your comment. I know that Iranian Government has nothing against Jewish people, because the 2nd largest Jewish community in the Middle East, outside Israel, is actually in Iran – where Jewish are also represented in Iranian Parliament. Don’t worry, we know Iranian people are very nice. Also, I love your new President – I have lots of hope for him and his politics. greetings from Rio! bon voyage!

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its a great job joao,there are actually other stunning sites in iran which i didnt see in this page,anyway welldone 🙂

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Hello there salam Elham, thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked it. About your statement, well of course there are hundreds of other places and experiences in Iran that I didn’t mentioned on this page. Because, these are only 79, and they reflect my 2 trips to Iran. So, I hope to go back and have more things to share on a new upcoming page about best places to visit in Iran! bye bye greetings from Rio de Janeiro! bon voyage!

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