Shiraz Travel Guide

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Shiraz Things to Do

  • Aramgah- e -Hafez - Tomb of Hafez-

    An iranian adage says that a house must have two thins a Quran and a Hafez's book. Hafez is loved and followed in Iran just as a modern celebrity and I was really curious to visit the Mausoleum. We spent here about one hour but if I could chose I would have spent there all afternoon, it's one of those places where you just sit down get a tea cup,...

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  • Bazaar e- Vakil

    The first thing I remember about this bazar was a man pushing a hand cart stopping behind us and politely asking if we could let him pass. I have this memory as in Tehran as I have written, the same hand cart men seemed to gain points if they hit people. So this is not just a difference betwen the two bazars but betwen the two cities. The Shiraz...

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  • Shah e- Cherag Mausoleum

    In this wonderful Mausoleum rests Sayyed Mir Ahmad, one of the 17 borthers of Imam Reza. Sayyed was killed here in 835 d.c. The first mausoleum was built on its tomb but most of what we see today has been added starting from the Qajar period. Inside the many mirrors give a shining effect to the all rooms. It seems that non muslims cannot enter, but...

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  • Arg e Karim Khan – Citadel-

    The fortress built during first years of Zand dinasty, dominates the centre of the city. It was a part of the complex that Karim Kahn wished to build in opposition to the power of Esfahan. There are 4 circular towers in the fortress, they are 14 meters high and one of them, the southwestern one is pendent. Inside the fortress there is a nice...

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  • Aramgah-e Sa'adi - Tomb of Sa'adi

    Abu Mohammad Sharaf-o-ddin Moslehebne Abdollah known of Sa'di of Shiraz he renowned Iranian poem , was born in 606 A.H in an "all theologist Clan". He grew up in Shiraz , and founded the literary school of Shiraz, by creating invaluable works such as Boostan ( lit Garden ) and Golestan ( lit.Rose garden ) as well as odes and lyric ghazals. His...

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  • Bagh -E- Eram

    Bagh-e Eram - or else Eram Garden - is the most famous Persian garden in Shiraz. It is a large botanic garden famous for for its cypress trees - one in particular (the tallest one) is very unique; it is said that it can reach heaven; for this reason this garden is also known as the Garden of Paradise. Apart from the trees, Bagh-e Eram is...

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Shiraz Hotels

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  • Aryo Barzan

    This is the only international standard hotel we stayed in all our Iranian trip. It is a modern four...

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  • Homa

    The Homa is designated a 5 star hotel, and it does have the facilities of a top hotel - but they...

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  • Eram

    As our first stop in Iran, we had decided that we must book a place to stay, and selected the Eram....

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Shiraz Restaurants

  • Dizi!!!

    We could find this place thanks to our driver that knew about it. It is really hidden, infact I do not think we could have found it on our own. Here we could finally have the chance to taste the typical poor dish Dizi. It was very good and we paid less than 5 € each eating Dizi, salad and drinking water. Dizi is a persian stew, the name dizi...

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  • Trendy but good

    This is a design restaurant complex with a different kind of food at every floor. We ate at Iranian typical restaurant at second floor and were very happy of that. I finally had the chance to taste the fesenjun which was delicious and really really abundant. We paid about 15€ each and it was really cheap for the service and the food we had. We went...

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  • A real taste of SHIRAZ!

    The well refurbished bulding of Niayesh hotel ,gives you a good idea about old shiraz.the bricks ,the lovely pond and those beautiful orange trees in the court yard has well revitalized the old Shiraz.with all mentioned it is both a museum and a restaurant .the foods are good ,both in quality and quantity and the price is so cheap compared to other...

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  • Sohan and gaz

    Sohan ( a delicious sweet made from honey, pistachios, butter, cardomom and saffron) and gaz ( soft, nut-filled nougat) are two specialities of Shiraz. You'll find them sold all over Iran, but afficionados will tell you the best comes from here.Whether you buy your sohan in large round discs to break off and eat in pieces, or in a tin of...

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  • Nice place to rest before night bus...

    I had a cup of afternoon coffee in the Shiraz Eram Hotel coffeee shop. IR15,000 (May 2008). Sounds expensive, but it has a very nice setting area and the courtyard where you can rest for 1,2, or 3 hours. It was just good for me as in the late afternoon after sightseeing of the city, I needed a place to rest while waiting for the night bus departure...

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  • the best salad buffet in town

    the best salad buffet in town can be found in the main restaurant of the very posh Homa Hotel, he best of Shiraz five stars hotel - however do not fear, the prices ore amore than affrodable. It's possible to have some a-la-carte kebabs and even some steaks, but the best thing is the sald buffet. For the price of 40000 rials you can have a soup, as...

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Shiraz Nightlife

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    There' not much to do at night in Shiraz (or in Iran in general) in terms of nightlife, and for me it's part of the charm of the country, as I'm not really a party animal. I ended up visiting the Bazar-e Vakil more for the atmosphere than for the shopping.Lit up at night it's quite a magical place to be - and there are plenty of hidden corners to...

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  • No dancing - no alcohol

    Yeah, sure everybody knows we don't have discoes or else here. Night life is moving around in a car finding the most crowded fast food restaurant, having some food while watching people, getting on the car again, going to a coffee-shop, and then a walk, mainly on Chamran street... Nothing that different from other places.

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Shiraz Transportation

  • Good Quiet Gateway Airport

    We had decided for a number of reasons not to visit Teheran, so it made good sense to make Shiraz our entry point to Iran.There are many flights from Dubai and other Persian Gulf States to to Shiraz. Though we were almost derailed when our Gulf Air flights from Bahrain were cancelled during the Arab Spring.We were rebooked on Iran Air, but missed...

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  • Day Trip to Persepolis

    Talk with the staff at your hotel to arrange transport to Persepolis if you are not keen on a tour. We prefer to get transport only, and not endure a 'listen to me'.The cost is about $US50, and included the close by sites of Nagsh e Rajab and Nagsh e Rostam. We had plenty of time to enjoy Persepolis at our own pace, and wer back in Shiraz in time...

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  • Bus from Kerman to Shiraz (O/N)

    To save time, I took overnight bus from Kerman to Shiraz. The journey was 8 hours, departing 9pm and arrived at 5am in Shiraz. I took volvo bus, costing IR55,000 (May 2008). The seating was alright, but I could not really sleep.As I arrived early and no point to search for hotel at that hour, I chose to sleep on the bench inside the bus terminal...

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Shiraz Shopping

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  • Shopping for carpets?

    Shopping for carpets in Shiraz? Maybe it's not such a good idea... Generally-speaking they are not of the finest Iranian quality - and there are no carpet-weavers in Shiraz, either - onlt a few in some of the surrounding villages or tribes... If you find one that you really like then you should remember not to place it on the floor but to hang it...

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  • bazaar

    The bazaar, which Karim Khan had built in the city, is unique in Iran for its size, solidity and the beauty of its brickwork. The bazaar is located in the city center of the town and has always been the business quarter. Here are the coppersmiths at their craft, makers of fine inlaid woodwork called khatam kari, delicately fashioning mosaics for...

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  • Bazar-e Vakil (Vakil Bazaar)

    there is various shops in vakil bazaar.Art works , Local Crafts , Antiques , ...Tourists mainly are attracted to vakil bazaar for it's history but when they are there, they can find many things to buy. usually local crafts are the main attractions.

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Shiraz Local Customs

  • There's nothing like freshly-baked bread

    There's nothing like freshly-baked bread - bought the moment right after it was baked, out of a simply oven right on the side of the street. We found one of these magical places near Imam Hossein Square, turning into Azadi Boulevard, about 200 metres along it, on the right side of the boulevard.For 1000 rials you can buy a huge leaf of Iranian...

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  • At Hafez tomb...

    Hafez tomb is a unique place to understand the deep respect for this great poet Iranians have. Also to realize that this nation is highly educated and appreciates its literature despite it’s so old. Apart from the crowds that just visit Hafez tomb, you can find others that are just sitting or scrolling around reading his poetry in groups or alone....

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  • Iranian cute Children

    From somewhere they came to us and they said "Hello" many many times and very smiled.They chased us for a while by their bike.

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Shiraz Warnings and Dangers

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    Shiraz' Mirror mosque is supposed to be trully awesome inside. Unfortunately, if you are not Muslim you probably can not get to see it. A shame but we have to be respectfull of local customs and traditions.

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Shiraz Tourist Traps

  • Shiraz Bazaar

    The Bazaar in Shiraz is an astonishing place with tons of amazing staff. There are intricate backgammon sets, beautifull ceramics and of course amazing carpets. A word of warning: if you are visiting Esfahan the Bazaar there is bigger, better and you can probably get lower prices. -Have an idea of how much things should cost (easier said than...

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  • Persepolis - perhaps the most...

    Persepolis - perhaps the most famous tourist destination in Iran. I was surprised to find that it was not in the desert! All the photos I had seen previously made me think it was surrounded by sand - not so! Still, very impressive ruins. Unfortunately, it seems to be somewhat run-down. I hope that rumours of sizeable pieces of stonework being sold...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Shiraz Off The Beaten Path

  • Day trip to Persepolis and nearby sights

    A visit to Shiraz is not complete if you don't visit Persepolis, or - in modern Farsi - Takht-e Jamshid. It takes about 60-90 minutes to drive out there and the ruins of the former ceremonial capital of the Achaemenians Empire are truly stunning. The palaces and bas reliefs are amazing, though some of them have been restored in a dubious way - but...

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  • Shiraz / Syrah Grapes

    The grape vines of Shiraz have been exported all over the world to start winemaking industries in places as diverse as South Africa and California. The Shiraz or Syrah variety of grape is famous throughout the world.The only problem is that in Shiraz itself, since the Islamic Revolution, the great winemaking vineyards of the Shiraz valley have been...

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  • Persepolis

    Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire (Achaemenid Empire). It is a complex of palaces built on a stone terrace, 14 metres above the surrounding plain. Work with Persepolis begun around 518 BC, when Darius I was king, and it was added to during the next 150 years. Especially during the New Year celebrations (Noruz) delegates...

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Shiraz Favorites

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  • Street scene

    As I said my first approach with Iran has been Tehran where, at 6 pm streets were empty. After that Yazd a town we loved, but also there, after sunset the city became desert. So we could only be surprised and fall in love with Shiraz when in the evening we saw streets full of people, abusive sellers, cinemas and street food vendors. Finally people...

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  • the city of wine and roses

    Shiraz is the fifth most populated city in Iran and it is also the capital of Fars Province. It is located in central Iran and it has an elevation of nearly 1500 metres above sea level. During the Zand and Saffarid dinasties, at times, it was the capital of Persia.Many people rave about Shiraz, the city of wine and roses, home to many of past...

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  • Shiraz Climate

    Among Iranian people, Shiraz is famous with its moderate climate. Due to its geographical conditions, it has fully four regular seasons, but in tolerance. Although you can consider it almost close to the warm side, as snow is not a frequent behavior in winters! and there are not many rainy days at all, at least in the recent years!The best season...

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    Nov 18, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Shiraz is the capital of Fars province. Actually you can find Verity weather of continent in Iran and Verity weather of Iran in Fars.
    Nowadays you can ski in Polud Kaf ski resort in north of Fars province and at the same time divining and swimming in south of Fars province .
    Fars has collection of Peaks with 4000 meters from sea level and vast cost beside of the sea, So 4000 altitude difference provide you Variety of climate and atmosphere .
    You can have 4 days trekking in Fars which start from Palm land and finish in snowy Peak

 
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Masjed e-Vakil Mosque
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Hammam e- Vakil
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Daytrip -Persepolis
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Mosque Nasir Al Mulk
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Aramgah e shah e Cheragh -mausoleum-
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Vakil Bath museum
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Mosque Masjed e Vakil
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Aramgah e Hafez (Hafez Tomb)
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Naranjestan
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Arg e Karim Khan – Citadel-
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Bazar e Vakil
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Enter the Jewel Box - Shah e Cheragh
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Vakil Bazaar
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Pay your respects to Hafez
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Arg e Karim Khan
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Go To Ghalat
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The carpet exhibitions around Vakil Bazar
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Persepolise and many other historical sites
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DO NOT miss nature
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Look up
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The King of Light
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Naqsh-e Rostam - the Sassanian carvings
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Hammam-e-Vakil
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Zinat-al-moluk's house
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Khaju (Mausoleum)
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Hafez Tomb
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Sa'di Tomb
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Arg of Karim Khan
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Khajue Kermani
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Handmade
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Fish Pool
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Obama and Saadi
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Masjid e Vakil (Regent's Mosque)
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