What to do and see in Iran: The Best Places and Tips

February 3, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Iran (Persian: ایران‎ Irān [ʔiːˈɾɒːn] ( listen)), also known as Persia (/ˈpɜːrʒə/), officially the Islamic Republic of Iran (Persian: جمهوری اسلامی ایران‎ Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān ( listen)), is a sovereign state in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th-most-populous country. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km (636,372 sq mi), it is the second-largest country in the Middle East and the 17th-largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. The country's central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the country's capital and largest city, as well as its leading economic and cultural center.

1. Persepolis

About 50 Km North of Shiraz, Persepolis 71364, Iran +98 933 662 8237
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Persepolis

The ruins of the ancient capital of the Achaemenid kings of Persia.

Reviewed By ColchesterSleeper - Colchester

This place is absolutely the best monument I have visited. We had a guide and spent over 4 hours there. Every new section of the site you go to has yet another old area of the site to amaze you and the guide can explain it all. Make sure you have a hat as the sun shines and there is little shade. Outside of the monument are the toilets, cafes and shops.
As is the norm throughout Iran women must be modestly dressed and have their heads covered.

2. Isfahan Music Museum

No74, Mehrdad St, Esfahan 8173886161, Iran +98 31 3625 6912
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5 based on 459 reviews

Isfahan Music Museum

Reviewed By Steptoiran - Shiraz, Iran

This Museum located in Armenian quarter of Isfahan. Visitors can visit Cathedral and Music museum in the same day. The way that the staff show the museum and also live music show is nice. Some people say the ticket price is high but this is a private museum and really worth it.

3. Shahdad Kalouts

Lut Desert, Shahdad, Iran
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5 based on 111 reviews

Shahdad Kalouts

Reviewed By Ardalanyekta - Tehran, Iran

Last october 2017 we visited the Kaluts, and it has been an extraordinary experience!!!
One of the most special things we have ever done!! The place is unique, incredible beautiful, just AMAZING!!!
I was lucky enough to experience both sunset and sunrise there. It was so beautiful. If you are well equipped you can camp between the yardangs but we spend night at Shahdad Desert Camp which is about 40 km away from the Kalouts.

4. Imam Reza Holy Shrine

Mashhad, Iran
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5 based on 321 reviews

Imam Reza Holy Shrine

The site of the 9th-century murder of the 8th of the 12 descendants of Mohammed.

Reviewed By Antonyh1952 - Yarm, United Kingdom

This is the second most visited place in the muslim world. You could spend a day here. great for people watching

Qeshm, Qeshm, Iran +98 917 949 5499
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5 based on 102 reviews

Chahkooh

Reviewed By Afsoon E

Chahkooh is a must see in Qeshm. The beautiful details carved in the Mountains by rain and wind give this place an outer space atmosphere. Try to visit before the sunset to enjoy the beautiful colours of the sun on the rocks. On your way back don’t forget to make a stop at the shop where village’s women sell their beautiful handmade clothing jewelry and bags! Prices are good and written down which saves the trouble of negotiating and you can enjoy a cup of tea.

6. Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

Goade-e-Araban Place | Located at the district of Gowad-e-Arabān, Near Šāh Čerāq Mosque, Shiraz 71364, Iran +98 939 625 0511
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Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

Reviewed By jajavalB - Bangkok

this attraction is a point of taking photo in shiraz , esp. colorful stained window glasses which reflecting the morning light on the west payer hall, go early at 9.am before crowd of tourists to get best pictures, on the north iwan is also interesting with painted mosaic tiles, depcting flora, fauna in muslim style. on the east side corridor , there is endowment museum with cow well, typical water cistern down underground with yellow relaxing lighting. outside the mosque, there is a postcard shop which sells postcard of this beautiful mosque illuminated windows without crowd of tourists, worth buying for souvenirs.

7. Old Town

Yazd 8916883199, Iran
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4.5 based on 593 reviews

Old Town

Reviewed By Antonyh1952 - Yarm, United Kingdom

One of the best old cities in Iran to wander round. great market, lovely restaurants and bars selling delicious soft drinksHi deardear Thanks for your nice comments

8. The National Jewelry Treasury

Ferdowsi Avenue | Central Bank of I.R. Iran, Tehran 11369, Iran +98 21 6446 3785
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The National Jewelry Treasury

A 200-year-old precious stone-encrusted throne, jewels from all over the world, a gem-studded 1869 globe, the world’s largest pink diamond and other mind-boggling pieces make up the unusual collection at this historic museum.

Reviewed By christianbergman2018 - Zurich, Switzerland

This is a very beautiful museum. The Daryaye-noor diamond was stunning and the jewelry from previous Shah were amazing.

9. Ali Sadr Cave

Hamadan, Iran +98 81 3825 5552
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Ali Sadr Cave

Reviewed By mdg1003 - dubai

worth visiting! Don‘t miss it. So affordable and yet amazingly an experience worth doing! Too bad the tour guide who assisted the guests only speak farsi...don‘t forget to bring a jacket, could be colder esp during winter days....we went on a holiday, shocking that there was no queue at all!

10. Naqsh-e-Rostam

Vicino a Persepolis, Marvdasht 73714, Iran +98 936 917 3113
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Naqsh-e-Rostam

Reviewed By JavadAbbasi - Shiraz, Iran

king tombs. visit 3 period of Persian history just in 1 place. It's really fantastic. Always put it in my list

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