10. Culture at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Within the holy city of Qom lies the Nasir al-Mulk mosque, which is considered as the pinnacle of Iranian-Islamic art. Other ancient monuments can be found in Persepolis and Isfahan, with the gardens of Kashan and the poets’ tombs in Shiraz.
9. Climb Mount Damavand
Mount Damavand is Iran’s highest mountain, reaching 5,610 meters. A hike up the mountain will take four days to reach the summit. Mount Damavand is the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East, it is also the second highest volcano in Asia.
8. Visit Persepolis
Known to many as ‘Takht-e Jamshid’, which translates to ‘Throne of Jamshid’, Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Here lies the earliest remains of Persepolis, which dates back to 515 BC. It is home to some spectacular views and a haven for Archaeological researchers and tourists.
7. Skiing in Iran
Dizin is one of the largest Iranian ski resorts in the Alborz mountain range, which is located near Tehran and also the city of Karaj. With ski seasons lasting from December to May, Dizin is seen as one of the longest period Ski resorts in both Asia and Europe. Lifts can reach up to 3,600 meters (11,800 ft) due to the resorts high altitude.
6. Trek the Lut desert
The Dasht-e Lut desert is one of the Earth’s hottest and driest places. It’s not the ideal place to be for many, but its intense conditions attract many trekker’s and desert enthusiasts. It is home to all kinds of landscapes including sand dunes, spectacular rock formations and salt plains.
5. Explore Qeshm Island
Qeshm is an Iranian island in the Strait of Hormuz. It is located just a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran (the Persian Gulf) and lies opposite the cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir. There are many cultural monuments to view on the Island, but the attraction for many is the Dolphin site seeing on show in the water Strait between Qeshm and Hengam Islands.
4. Visit the Milad Tower in Tehran
The Milad Tower in Tehran is one of the Capital’s most recognisable buildings, it is also known as Tehran Tower. It is the sixth tallest tower in the world. The tower has consists of restaurants at the top with panoramic views of Tehran, a five-star hotel, a convention centre, a world trade centre, and an IT park.
3. Tehran’s Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar of Tehran is a historical market situated in Iran’s capital. The Bazaar is split into corridors, with each specialising in varied types of goods. These goods range from metals to perfumes to spices, as well as a Persian rug corridor. Modern day goods including famous Iranian sweets, antiques and souvenirs are on sale for many tourists, and the busy and hectic atmosphere is up their with one of the most authentic experiences of Bazaar shopping in the Middle-East.
2. Views from the Caspian Sea
The Caspian Sea is to the North of Iran, but is also enclosed by Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. The Caspian is the largest inland sea by area on earth and incredibly has no natural connection with the ocean. Used for both ferry and cargo services, the sea is also a tourist hotspot with stunning views of nature and sunsets. Amazingly, the Northern part of the sea, known as the Caspian Depression, is one of the lowest points on Earth.
1. Jet Ski’s in Kish
The Island of Kish, south of Iran is a resort island in the Persian Gulf. Due to its free trade zone status it is dubbed as a consumer’s paradise. It has numerous shopping centres, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. Jetski-ing has become a popular hobby in the Island, which has incredible sea-views and beaches, also hot weather throughout the year.