Traveling to Iran, Shiraz is a must-see destination. It is known as the city of poetry, beautiful springs, and orange blossoms.
Spring is the best time for traveling Shiraz. The pleasant weather and fragrance of orange blossom enchant who travels the city. The middle day of the second month of the year Ordibehesht, which falls on May 4, is celebrated as the National Shiraz Day in Iran.
Tombs of two renowned Persian poets the tomb of Hafez (1315-1390) and Saadi (1210-1291/1292) is located in Shiraz. If you are lucky enough you may come across Iranians who read the Hafez poems aloud or play the traditional music near his tomb.
The city has a lot of attractions, cuisines, and beautiful streets to have a memorable stay. In Shiraz, you can indulge in history and civilization.
Dated back to the Achaemenid era (522-486 BCE), Persepolis and Pasargadae are world-renowned historical sites located near Shiraz.
With its vibrant colors, Nasir Al-Molk Mosque is a rare example in Islamic architecture. The stained glasses and colorful tiles make an eye-catching scene in the morning at the mosque. Also known as the Pink Mosque, the Nasir al-Molk was constructed between 1876 and 1888 during the Qajar era. Early morning before 11 A.M. is the best time to visit the mosque and enjoy the reflection of stained glasses under the sunlight on the floor.
A metaphor of Paradise, Eram Garden (Baq-e Eram) is one of the most renowned manifestations of Persian gardens in Iran. As its name suggests, the beautiful garden is a reminder of Eden. It is based on Zoroastrians' theory of four elements sky, earth, water, and plants with its running water, cypresses, and bitter orange trees and beautiful flowers. There is a majestic palace next to a pool, which makes a breathtaking scenery in the garden. No one is aware of the exact construction date for the garden. However, according to the narrations, the building was constructed in the middle of the 13th century. The Eram Garden is vibrant and beautiful throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the garden is in the spring. Do not pass the 75-meter cedar, the tallest cedar tree of the city, while walking in the heavenly paradise!
Most of the time, trying local foods and desserts of the place you travel to be a great experience you achieve. Kalam Polo is one of the most delicious Persian food that you can rarely find it in other cities of Iran! A mixture of cabbage, rice, and minced meat, is a traditional food of Shiraz and is served in most restaurants in the city. Kalam Polo is flavored with some local herbs and make it unparalleled in Iranian mixed rice. Most of the time, it is served with Shirazi salad or torshi (pickled veggies). Besides, do not forget to taste Faloodeh Shirazi as one of the tasty desserts that make you calm down especially in summer. Faloodeh is a semi-frozen vermicelli noodle in rosewater. It is flavored with a sour taste like lime juice or cherry syrup for serving.
Travelling Shiraz gives you a chance to experience living with nomads! There are some tours, which provide you facilities to visit, eat and sleep like nomads who are living near Shiraz. Attending the tours, you have the chance to spend some time with a family of Bakhtiari or Qashqai tribes. It can be from one day to one month. You experience a real-life attending their ceremonies, cooking, harvesting, and milking with nomad families. About two to three percent of Iran's population are nomads, and they mostly live in the Zagros mountain region.