Sunday, 20 October, 2019

Could Iran be the top tourism destination of 2016?

By: Becky Pemberton, dailymail

Change is afoot in Iran, with the country currently preparing for a ‘tsunami’ of foreign tourists, the country’s vice-president revealed yesterday.

The news comes as Iran and world powers are to begin implementing a landmark nuclear deal that will lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

With improved relations, Iran’s beaches, breathtaking Islamic architecture and incredible food could see the country be top of the ‘must-visit’ destinations of 2016.

Country life: The real treasure of the rural village of Abyaneh near Kashan is the vernacular architecture of red mud-brick houses with wooden balconies and decorated doors

Country life: The real treasure of the rural village of Abyaneh near Kashan is the vernacular architecture of red mud-brick houses with wooden balconies and decorated doors

A traditional tea house with pools and an elaborate interior where visitors can escape the heat to enjoy refreshments

A traditional tea house with pools and an elaborate interior where visitors can escape the heat to enjoy refreshments

Americans and Brits travelling to Iran to see sights such as the Si-o-seh Pol bridge will need a visa ahead of time to enter mainland Iran, according to their respective governments

Americans and Brits travelling to Iran to see sights such as the Si-o-seh Pol bridge will need a visa ahead of time to enter mainland Iran, according to their respective governments

Ancient sites such as Koporak Yazd could be visited by a lot more tourists in coming months 

Ancient sites such as Koporak Yazd could be visited by a lot more tourists in coming months 

The earliest remains of the archaeological site of Persepolis date back to 515BC and it is considered an archaeological gem
The earliest remains of the archaeological site of Persepolis date back to 515BC and it is considered an archaeological gem

Skiing may not be the first activity that springs to mind when you think of Iran, but Tehran offers a number of spectacular slopes challenging enough to satisfy advanced skiers

Skiing may not be the first activity that springs to mind when you think of Iran, but Tehran offers a number of spectacular slopes challenging enough to satisfy advanced skiers

It is not just buildings and attractions that could lure tourists as Iran's scenery, such as the Darbandikhan artificial lake, is equally noteworthy

It is not just buildings and attractions that could lure tourists as Iran’s scenery, such as the Darbandikhan artificial lake, is equally noteworthy

The historic merchants palace Borujerdi House, Kashan in the Esfahan Province
The historic merchants palace Borujerdi House, Kashan in the Esfahan Province
The shrine of Hazra-e Massoumeh in the holy city of Qom in Iran which is 75 miles south of Tehran

The shrine of Hazra-e Massoumeh in the holy city of Qom in Iran which is 75 miles south of Tehran

Try traditional Iranian dishes such as chicken kebab and ricePersian rice with cinnamon, bay leaves and almonds

Chicken kebab and rice (Top) and Persian rice with cinnamon, bay leaves and almonds (down)

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