Saturday, 15 June, 2019

79 Reasons to Visit Iran

By: João Leitão, Adventure Travel Blog 

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…

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 – Visit Iran

Citadel Arg Rayen in Rayen - Places to Visit in Iran

2- Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan

Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan - Visit Iran

3- Golestan Palace in Tehran – Visit Iran

Golestan Palace in Tehran - UNESCO Sites in Iran

4- Naqsh-e Khostam

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

6- Amir Chakmak Mosque Complex in Yazd

Amir Chakmak Mosque in Yazd - Monuments and Sightseeing in Iran

7- Architecture in Tehran – Visit Iran

Architecture Tehran - Visit Iran

8- Arg-e Bam Citadel in Bam

Bam Citadel - UNESCO Sites in Iran

9- Ateshkadeh Zaroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd

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

11- Market Bazar-e No in Shiraz

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

13- Begh-e Melli Complex in Tehran

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

14- Boat Bandar Abbas to Qeshm Island

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

15- Iranian Breakfast

Iranian Breakfast - What to eat in Iran

16- Busy Streets in Tehran – Visit Iran

Busy Streets Tehran - Visit Iran

17- Caravanserai and Textile Museum in Meybod

Textile Museum in Meybod - What to do in Iran

18- Zoroastrian Shrine in Chak Chak

Chak Chak Zoroastrian Shrine - Visit Iran

19- New City Center in Bam

Bam new city - Places to Visit in Iran

20- Iranian Craftsmen

Skillful Iranian Craftsmen - What to buy in Iran

21- Eat Fresh Blackberries

Fresh Blackberries - What to eat in Iran

22- Fatima Masumeh Shrine in Qom

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

24- Jameh Mosque in Isfahan

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

25- Fresh Fruit Juices

Fresh Fruit Juices - What to drink in Iran

26- Gold Markets in Tehran

Gold Markets in Tehran - Visit Iran

27- Vank Cathedral in Isfahan

Holy Savior Christian Cathedral in Isfahan - Religion in Iran

28- Iranian Ice Cream

Iranian Ice Cream - What to eat in Iran

29- Ice House in Meybod

Ice House in Meybod - Sightseeing in Iran

30- Imam Khomeini Mosque in Tehran

Imam Khomeini Mosque in Tehran - Religion in Iran

31- Imam Reza Shrine and Mosque in Mashhad

Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad - Religion in Iran

32- Imam Square in Isfahan

Imam Square in Isfahan - UNESCO Sites in Iran

33- Iranian Food

Iranian Food - What to eat in Iran

34- Iranian Sweets

Iranian Sweets - What to buy in Iran

35- Jameh Mosque in Yazd

Jameh Mosque in Yazd - What to visit in Iran

36- Jamkaran Mosque in Qom

Jamkaran Mosque in Qom - Religion in Iran

37- Aliqapu Bazar Artistic Complex in Isfahan

Market Bazars in Isfahan - What to see in Iran

38- Old Village in Kharanaq

Kharanaq 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

40- Mausoleum of Imamzadeh-ye Ali in Shiraz

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

41- Melli Park in Shiraz

Melli Park in Shiraz - Visit Iran

42- Old City in Meybod

Meybod old city - Places to Visit in Iran

43- Modern Art Sculpture Gardens

Modern Art Sculptures - What to see in Iran

44- Naqsh-e Rajab

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

45- Narein Castle in Meybod

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

47- Nazar Garden and Pars Museum in Shiraz

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

49- Pasargadae

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

50- Peace Museum in Tehran

Peace Museum in Tehran - What to do in Iran

51- Friendly Iranian People

Friendly Iranian People - Visit Iran

52- Persepolis

Persepolis ancient city - UNESCO Sites in Iran

53- Persian Calligraphy

Amazing Persian Calligraphy - Visit Iran

54- Persian Gulf Coast in Bandar Abbas

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

55- Iranian Pic Nic

Iranian Pic-nic - What to do in Iran

56- Pigeon Tower in Meybod

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

58- Empty Beaches in Qeshm Island

Qeshm Island Beaches - Visit Iran

59- Shahr Park in Tehran

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

61- Shohada Martyrs Museum in Tehran

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

63- Iranian Souvenir Shops

Souvenir Shops - What to buy in Iran

64- Iranian Street Falafel

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

66- Central Market Bazar in Tehran

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

68- Towers of Silence in Yazd

Towers of Silence in Yazd - What to Visit in Iran

69- Iranian Traditional Hotels

Traditional Hotels - Accommodation in Iran

70- Traditional Iranian Carpets and Rugs

Iranian Carpet and Rugs - What to buy in Iran

71- Traditional Iranian Puppet Shows

Traditional Iranian Puppet Show - What to do in Iran

72- Iranian Religiousness and Spirituality

Religiousness and Spirituality - Religion in Iran

73- Vakil Mosque in Shiraz

Vakil Mosque in Shiraz - Visit Iran

74- Iranian Street Wall Art

Wall Art - What to see in Iran

75- Water Museum in Yazd

Water Museum in Yazd - What to do in Iran

76- Old City in Yazd

Yazd Old City - Where to go in Iran

77- Zaid Mosque in Tehran

Zaid Mosque in Tehran - Religion in Iran

78- Ziai Ye School in Yazd

Ziai Ye School in Yazd - Monuments and Sightseeing 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.

About Author

João Leitão is a  travel expert, photography enthusiast, blogger and World explorer. Addicted to traveling since early age, he has lived in many places and traveled to more than 115 countries and territories along all the continents.

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