Shiraz travel guide is designed with the purpose of introducing this city’s rich nature and colorful architectural designs, which are made even more attractive thanks to the UNESCO world heritage center of Persepolis ruins not far from the city. Shiraz is thus, on the list of best Iran top cities.
Shiraz is the poetic soul and the romantic essence of Persia. This city is filled with the aroma of sour oranges and wildflowers in spring, and bitter olives and musky pines in fall. Saadi and Hafez, two worldly renowned poets of Iran, rest in this city and their mausoleums are visited by tourists all year round.
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Persepolis ( Takht-e Jamshid)
Pasargadae -Vakil Complex
Arg Karimkhani ( Karim Khan Citadel)
Nasir ol Molk Mosque (Pink mosque)
Naranjestan Garden ( Bagh-e Naranjestan)
Tombs of Saadi and Hafez
Persepolis ( Takht-e Jamshid)
Naranjestan Garden ( persia Garden)
Eram Garden( Persian Garden)
Shiraz International Airport
Bus – Subway(2 lines)
Taxi – Snapp( Iranian Uber)
The ancient ruins of Persepolis tell tales of the most ancient civilization, where the king of kings took up residence and built one of the World’s greatest archeological sites, and where the very same king fell from his regal throne as the city was burnt to the ground.
Grand open-area roofs were supported only by a minimal number of slender columns, the throne rooms were so majestic that the kinds of which are UNSEEN anywhere else to this day, and the city itself was partly cut out from a mountain! But this world UNESCO site is more than just a grandiose architectural creation. Persepolis was, and still is, a picture representing the most magnificent features of the Achaemenid Empire, where the representatives of all states visited to pay their respects to the King. This stately touristic spot is not only a highlight of Shiraz travel guide, but of Iran, Asia, and all around the World.
He sung Darius great and good,
By too severe a fate
Fallen, fallen, fallen, fallen,
Fallen from his high estate.
And weltering in his blood;
Deserted at his utmost need
By those his former bounty fed;
On the bare earth exposed he lies
With not a friend to close his eyes.
With downcast looks the joyless victor sate,
Revolving in his alter’d soul
The various turns of chance below;
And now and then a sigh he stole,
And tears began to flow.
Eram Garden is home to some of the most beautiful natural and architectural wonders of Iran. This luscious garden is filled with rosy redbuds, lush European ash trees, golden willows, and soft, Silverleaf poplar timbers. Ripened fruits and the refreshingly transparent lake that flows in this Garden have turned its atmosphere into one of heavenly spirits. This Persian garden is a favorite of all travelers on Shiraz travel guide.
It may intrigue you to know that this garden’s name is inspired by the story of a man who tried to create a garden resembling heaven on earth. Eram Garden may be the closest form of heaven Iranian architectures tried to recreate (and succeeded in doing so).
The Pink mosque and its gorgeous structure is one of the most historically important highlights of the Shiraz travel guide. This monument was built in 1888 by the order of a Qajar ruler, and its marvelously pink hallways (the result of the sunlight hitting the rosy glass windows) were inspired by European designs and were deployed for the first time in traditional Persian architecture of mosques.
Pink is not the only color used in this mosque’s stained glasses, and the full glory of Nasir-al Mulk shines through when the sunlight hits the brilliant blue and crimson red glasses of the interiors of this mosque.
Vakil Bazaar, Vakil mosque, and Vakil bathhouse are Karim Khan’s peerless gifts to Shiraz. Each of these monuments is special and singular in style and architecture, and are alive and visited by tourists every year to this day. Vakil mosque is a magnificent example of the Zand dynasty architectural style. The 48 tall stone columns of this mosque are masterfully carved and scraped with fine details, making this mosque one of the most beautiful religious monuments in Iran.
Vakil Bazaar is an important cultural and historical center in Shiraz. This bazaar’s building process took 21 years to complete, and its constructive design was inspired by the Lar bazaar. Vakil bazaar used to be famous for its unique ventilation system, which employed small wind catchers and traditional structural means called JamKhane.
The Qavam Narenjestan Garden (also known as Qavam House) is a grand estate built by the order of Qavam khan, the minister of foreign affairs during the ruling of Naser al-Din Shah. This impressive garden and the majestic manor built within its grounds were constructed masterfully by the best architectures of the time. As one of our Shiraz travel guide’s highlights, it puts a vibrant and showy, yet classic palette of Iran’s grandeur on display which hosted international guests and visitors. As you may have already realized, flowers and fragrant fruits are mingled with Shiraz. This garden is no exception, and it’s filled with beautiful seasonal flowers, sour-orange and palm trees, and a beautiful set of small fountains stretching in the middle of Narenjestan garden.
The tomb of Hafez and the tomb of Saadi are two of the most popular tourist attractions of Shiraz.
The tomb of Hafez and the tomb of Saadi are two of the most popular tourist attractions of Shiraz. These beadings’ grandeur and majesty are partly responsible for these landmarks’ popularity among travelers, but the customs and traditions of these monuments make up the bigger part of what makes these places special.
Travelers put their faith in Hafez and, after a short customary ritual, open his Divan of poetry next to Hafezieh to see what the master of words reveals of their fates.
Dreamers and lovers, the young and the elderly, the believers and the skeptics all drop a coin in the Howz of Dreams (fountain of dreams) next to Saadieh mausoleum and wish for it to make their dreams true.
Shiraz is known for its diverse cooking methods and unique pilafs (polo, rice-based dishes). Shirin polo (a dish made with chicken, orange peels, saffron, and sliced nuts) Shekar polo (tangerine peels, sugar, and almond are the main ingredients of this dish), Havij polo (prepared with carrot, cinnamon, and beef), and Shirazi polo (fixed with chicken, barberries, and eggplant) are some of the most famous dishes cooked in Shiraz.
Take this one from our foodie experts’ advice on Shiraz travel guide, and don’t forget to try Faloodeh on your trip to Shiraz. Even the city itself is famous for this delicious dessert. Faloodeh is served cold and can be found both in street food corners and dessert shops.
Salad Shirazi is another traditional tasty side dish that is served best by people of Shiraz but is prepared by all Iranians for its unmatched taste.
As one of the biggest and most splendid cities in Iran, Shiraz has some of the most splendid and beautiful hotels in all country. Whether it is a 3-star hostel or a 5-star hotel you are looking for, Shiraz provides it for you.
Local houses are also available for those looking for a real-life experience of living in this lovely city.
Shiraz is absolutely marvelous from late April to early May, as orange blossoms are blooming all around the city and the heavenly smell of sour-orange flowers and early orange blossoms waft through the air, dousing this city in the delightful fragrant of nature.
Shiraz is pleasantly cool and gorgeously aesthetic during autumn as well, making this city a suiting destination from late September to mid-November.
Rent your own private vehicle and relax as your driver takes you to Shiraz city’s touristic spots. You can choose to have a guide with you, or tour the Shiraz city on your own. This means of transportation is specifically highlighted on our Shiraz travel guide for the ease of passage it offers to all travelers.
On-demand (international friendly) taxi applications are available and operating in Shiraz. They are safe, fast, and convenient; and can be shared with other travelers or hailed privately. Navigate your way through the city using taxis and public buses and make your job easier with navigation applications (like google maps).
Note: At the time of writing Shiraz travel guide, the COVID 19 virus has spread globally and health services are still struggling to cope. Thus, it is not recommended to use public transportation means at the present time.