The first place that springs to mind when you think of Iran,is the bustling city of Tehran and its stunning old and modern landmarks. Where you can feel the Iranian cultural diversity in every neighborhood. The city that was privileged by Kings of recent centuries because of its weather and location.

Tehran is surrounded by Alborz mountain ranges in northwest and Bibi ShahrBanoo and Rey mountains in south as well and is considered as a mountain side city with its special features.

While it is hot in summers,cold winter days of this city brings the advantage of being a summer resort and a winter resort both in one place.

Also seasonal streams,flower farming in nearby villages,Damavand domains,palaces,Bazaars and museums all in all make it a fascinating tourist destination.

The rich history of this city,its nightlife,liveliness and spectacular landscapes and fashion spirit makes it the beating heart of Iran.

Tehran is a city which has never ceased being the center of development. That’s why it tops “the most improved” list according to thegaurdian’s article. 

Some of the most amazing attractions of this huge and crowded capital are:

  • Tabiat Bridge
  • Darband
  • Golestan and Niavarn Palace
  • The National Jewelry Museum
  • Tajrish Bazaar
  • Dizin Ski Resort
  • Tochal complex
  • Tehran Grand Bazaar
  • Milad Tower
  • National Museum of Iran



Shiraz,one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia,is located in the southwest of Iran and is the capital of Fars province and also the sixth most populous city in Iran.

 It was the heart of the Achaemenian Empire (559-330BC),which was found by Cyrus the Great who chose Pasargadae as his empire’s capital. Darius moved the capital to nearby Persepolis in the late 5th or early 6th century BC.

 This city is a significant tourist destinations as it was one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty (AD 1747–79),when many of its most stunning buildings were built or renovated.

 Shiraz is the city of poetry as it has seen some of the greatest poets of Persia throughout the history like Hafez and Sa’di and is considered as the city of flowers and majestic gardens,exquisite mosques and outstanding arts.

Here are some tourist attractions of Shiraz :

  • Vakil Bazar
  • Eram Garden
  • Tomb of Sa’di
  • Tomb of Hafez
  • Persepolis
  • Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab
  • Pasargadae
  • Karimkhan Citadel (Arg)
  • Narenjestan Garden 
  • Vakil Bath


Tabriz,the fifth major city in Iran,is located in northwest by Sahand Mountain chain. With cold winters and temperate summers,the city is considered a summer resort. Tabriz is named World's Carpet and Crafts City. It is also appointed as the exemplary tourism city in 2018 among counterparts in Islamic countries by Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

This city is the largest area in Azerbaijan province and is also the home town of

Azerbaijani tribes of Iran. The spoken language is commonly Azeri while the official language is Persian.

Tabriz have had too many fluctuations throughout the history. It has been destroyed and rebuilt or even has been chosen as the capital several times.

This city is considered as one of the most metropolitan parts in Iran as to its alluring tourist attractions,major industry and exclusive nature.


Tourists can spend their time in this city exploring places like:

  • Tabriz Bazaar
  • Blue Mosque
  • Tabriz Citadel
  • Iron age Museum
  • Azerbaijan Museum
  • Mausoleum of Poets
  • Elgoli Park
  • Kandovan Village
  • Eynali mountain range
  • St.Stephanos Monastery



Isfahan is the glory of exclusive Iranian art,where all the aspects of a glamour meet in one place. It has always been revered for its majestic Persian–Islamic architecture,beautiful boulevards,covered bridges,palaces,mosques,and minarets.

Isfahan is the second most populous city after Tehran and was once one of the largest cities in the world. This city flourished majorly when it was chosen as the capital of Persia for the second time in its history under Safavid dynasty (1501-1736). The period that art,architecture,culture,poetry and philosophy were of paramount importance.

 Even today,it retains much of its past magnitude as to its role in industry,culture and splendid handicrafts which represents to the world.

This city offers an immense number of distinctive sights to visit as it has a famous rhyme in Persian”Esfehan Nesfe Jahan” which means Isfahan is half of the world.

Here are some significant sights of Iran’s number one tourist destination:

  • Masjid-e Jame(Jame mosque )
  • Yazd water museum 
  • Amir Chakhmakh complex
  • Water reservoir
  • Dowlat Abad Garden
  • Zoroastrian fire temple
  • Alexander’s prison
  • Tower of silence
  • Larry’s House
  • Old Town


230kilo meters away from Tehran,you’ll visit Kashan,the charming city of rose water which is a significant element in Iranian cuisine.

Kashan is a special tourist destination since one of the world’s oldest ruins of civilization is located in Sialk Hills.

A corporate study between Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization,the Louvre,and the Institut Francais de Recherche en Iran has verified the oldest settlements in Sialk to date back to 5500–6000 BC.

During the Seljuk period (AD 1051–1220) the town became famous for its noble textile,pottery and tiles.

This city was also the capital of Iran in Shah Abbas the second’s time during Safavid dynasty. (16642-1666)

It has always had tourists’ attention for its beautiful villages,unspoilt deserts,gardens and historical places.

Today Handicrafts such as rug and silk weaving,etching,painting,tiling are popular in Kashan.

This old city has various attractions such as:

  • Fin Garden
  • Bazaar
  • Tabatabaie House,Ameri House,Abbasi House
  • Maranjab caravansary in Maranjab desert
  • Agha Bozorg Mosque
  • Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse
  • Village of Abianeh
  • Ghale Jalali (jalali castle)
  • Niasar Cave
  • Sialk Ziggurat


Yazd is the city of deserts,where you can feel the diversity of climate in Iran and explore the distinct Persian architecture. This city is also known as the city of wind catchers since it is the origin land of such structure.

It is also considered as one of the most ancient cities of Iran which has a history of over 5000 years,dating back to the time of Median Empire. The city was a Zoroastrian center (Old Iranian religion) during Sassanid time .Zoroastrian fire temple which is believed to have been burning for 1,500 years,is a holy place for Zoroastrians gatherings and praying in Yazd.

Furthermore Yazd has a reputation for its exclusive handicrafts like Termeh (Iranian hand woven cloth),silk weaving and its high quality confectionery.

Tourists have a great range of options to spend their time in this old cities like:

  • Masjid-e Jame(Jame mosque )
  • Yazd water museum 
  • Amir Chakhmakh complex
  • Water reservoir
  • Dowlat Abad Garden
  • Zoroastrian fire temple
  • Alexander’s prison
  • Tower of silence
  • Larry’s House
  • Old Town

Written by Maryam Badamaki