The most beautiful places in Iran

The most beautiful places in Iran

The best of Iran

Iran is a vast, mostly desert country offering huge number of monuments. There is no wonder, it was the center of the mighty Persian Empire. Come and see the most interesting places in this relatively little-visited country

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Yazd
31.897, 54.357
1 215 m / 3 986 ft

#1 Yazd

The most beautiful city of Iran

The ancient city of Yazd (1 215m asl) is located on the border of two giant Iranian deserts surrounded by high mountains. The city served as an oasis for caravans and its historic center is listed in UNESCO

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Dámavand
35.955, 52.11
5 610 m / 18 406 ft

#2 Dámavand

The highest volcano of Asia

Damavnad (5,610m) is not only the highest mountain in Iran, but also the highest volcano in Asia. Therefore, it is counted in the Volcanic seven summits list. Thanks to its relative proximity to Tehran's capital city, it is also very well accessible. The ascent itself is difficult mainly due to altitude and unstable weather.

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Abyaneh
33.585, 51.592
2 220 m / 7 283 ft

#3 Abyaneh

Red city under the mountains

Abyaneh (2 220m asl) is a very picturesque town lost in the middle of a mountain at the end of a long valley. Thanks to its higher altitude there is also a pleasant climate in the summer. There are slightly different habits and culture than in the rest of the country

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Esfahan
32.657, 51.678
1 571 m / 5 154 ft

#4 Esfahan

The most visited Iranian city

Esfahan is the third largest city in Iran, and it is one of the most visited places in the country. In the center is the famous Naqsh-e Jahan Square with the adjacent magnificent Immam mosque. There is also a large bazaar and several historic bridges

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Persepolis
29.936, 52.892
1 634 m / 5 361 ft

#5 Persepolis

The capital of the Persian Empire

A short distance from the large city of Shiraz lies the former center of the mighty Persian Empire and the seat of Persian kings. It is probably the most significant Iranian monument. Unfortunately, it was largely destroyed by the famous commander Alexander of Macedon.

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Kashan
33.975, 51.439
945 m / 3 100 ft

#6 Kashan

A city full of monuments

Kashan has roughly a quarter million inhabitants. There is a large bazaar and a lots of beautiful sights such as Tabātabāei and Borujerdi palaces and the beautiful Agha Bozorg Mosque

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Kharanaq
32.346, 54.669
1 758 m / 5 768 ft

#7 Kharanaq

The ruins of the desert town

Khanaraq (1 765m asl) lies 80km away from Yazd and you can easily get there during a one-day trip. These are basically large, freely accessible ruins that you can crawl freely. After exploring the city, head to the adjacent green oasis where pomegranates are grown, to the aqueduct and to the prospect, from which you will have a nice panoramic view of the city.

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Naqsh-e Rustam Tombs
29.989, 52.875
1 642 m / 5 387 ft

#8 Naqsh-e Rustam Tombs

Tombs of Persian Kings

The impressive tombs of the most prominent Persian kings, along with rock reliefs, are definitely worth seeing. In addition, their visit can be combined with a tour of the nearby Persepolis

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Lar Lake
35.897, 51.966
2 475 m / 8 120 ft

#9 Lar Lake

Beautiful Lake under Damavand volcano

The lake, or the Lar dam (2,475m above sea level), lies directly under the monumental volcano Dámavand. Most visitors come here for weekend excursions but it is possible to take a number of hikes to the surrounding mountains from the lake. However, the lake falls into the national park, and the restriction and admission for the foreigner is unfortunately changed every year.

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Narin Castle
32.226, 54.015
1 104 m / 3 622 ft

#10 Narin Castle

The oldest Iranian castle

Narin Castle is considered to be the oldest Iranian castle. You can find it in the town of Meybod, which has a pretty well preserved old town. There is a short walkway.

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Tehran
35.707, 51.426
1 160 m / 3 806 ft

#11 Tehran

The capital of Iran

Tehran has almost eight million inhabitants and is the largest city in Iran. It lies just south of the mighty Elborz mountain range, where you can go both for hiking and skiing. There are only a few major tourist attractions in the city itself, such as Golestan Palace and Azadi Square

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