Shiraz which is known as a city of lovers is a land full of worth seeing things. It is believed that Shiraz is the most beautiful tourist city in Iran. Shiraz is also one of the biggest cities in Iran. It is the provincial center of Fars province and located in Zagros mountainous region with a mild climate.
Geographically, from the west, the city is surrounded by Derak Mountain and from the north, it is limited by Bamu, Sabzpushan, Chehelmagham and Baba Koohi mountains.
It should be said that Shiraz is one of the most beautiful cities of Iran that many titles are assigned to it, for example, "city of lovers" and it is due to the matter that Shiraz is the hometown of great poets like Hafez and Saadi. The city also has many historical and natural attractions that you will become interested in them. People of Shiraz are warmhearted. Traveling to Shiraz can be one of your most memorable trips.
Shiraz City tour
Let’s go visit Ghajar monuments. First, start with the Nasir-Al-Mulk mosque to catch the morning light. Then have some steps and walking in the Gode Araban Street in the old neighbors. Shiraz is famous because of Sour orange trees and the smell of its blossoms, especially during spring. We call sour orange, Narenj in our language so this is the time to visit Narenjestan Garden with the many Narenj inside. Today we have a plan to walk down in the lane of history, so we go to the heart of the Zandie dynasty in Vakil complex. One dynasty before Ghajar. Karimkhan Zand has established Vakil bathhouse, bazaar, in Bazaar you will visit many Shirazi people who are shopping and selling, In Bazaar, you see many shops with many colors. A complex for the tranquility of his citizens. So now you have this chance to see all of them at the same time. At night, you will go on to visit Hafez tomb, a tomb in the center of the garden in the dark environment shines and the traditional music inside of the backyard plays with your spirit and give you a sight to think deeply about the architecture of this tomb. Perhaps you will be interested to know this poet more as most of the international poets like Goethe is the follower of Hafez. Just look at Goethe’s grave and think about it.
Today you can experience the North of Iran in the South of Iran with a green environment, the pleasant weather even in summer. Here you can get familiar with two different cultures at the same time, simple rural life next to Nomadic life, you see that these two tribes have remained for many years next to each other and some of them got married, so that’s why there are many things in common between them. Sepidan is surrounded with lots of apple, nut, apricot, plum gardens that you can visit. Yellow, red, orange leaves of trees, the rustling of leaves in the breeze, the roaring river and the other natural sounds inside of the gardens make you feel safe and free.
Also, Sepidan with its villages has a high capability of professional eco-tours. You can walk through the jungles to see the springs, waterfalls, etc like Sheshpir Spring, go hiking and climb the mountain. The local people are welcoming, and this is the time for you to communicate them in their houses that are filled with the smell of traditional foods and bread.
Culinary tour in Shiraz
Due to the Iranian hospitality and geographical location of our country, you can taste lots of various foods influenced by climate, culture, tradition and favored by Iranian spices. so I have a special gift for you to add some spice to your trip to Iran with attending a family dinner in our house where you can spend some times to see the daily life of Iranian and also you can ask them how to cook some popular traditional food so that you can take a recipe as a souvenir to your family.
We believe that food is one of the best ways to experience a local culture so If you are interested, we are also able to arrange a half-day culinary tour for you.
On this day, my family and I will be your host in our home and we start cooking together.
Fresh green herbs, rice, vegetables, lamb, fish, chicken, saffron, mint…are the main ingredients of Iranian food. Tea, coffee, and Dough, which is a sour drink made of Yogurt and water and mint, are common popular beverages here. During your culinary tour, we would like you to see how our main dish is made and you will experience common food like Kebab, Dizzy, Fesenjun, Ghorme sabzi, Kalam polo and the positive thing about this culinary tour is to spend some time with an Iranian woman and enjoy your meal.
In the afternoon you will visit Shahe cheragh and Ali Ebne Hamze Shrine.
Today, you will have an excursion to Persepolis and Pasargadae. Persepolis is one of the historical and ancient cities in Iran and was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire for many years. There is a magnificent palace in this city which is named Persepolis and was built during the reign of Darius I, Artaxerxes I and Xerxes I. Persepolis or Parseh is 10 kilometers North of Marvdasht and 57 kilometers from Shiraz. In the evening you will visit Eram garden.
Where to stay in Shiraz?
Shiraz has many nice hotels with different categories for people with different budgets.
If you like to stay in the hotels which have a traditional style, we recommend you Darbari, Vakil, Panj Dari, Mah Monir, and Si Rah are traditional hotels with good quality.
Zandieh is one of the best 5 * hotels in Shiraz. Zandieh is located in the old part of the city so you need to walk only 5 minutes to get sightseeing.
Grand Hotel is another 5* hotel, located near the Qoran gate in a nice location. If you chose this hotel for your stay in Shiraz, you will have the chance to see a beautiful view of Shiraz when you sit on your room’s terrace.
But if you prefer to spend less money and stay in a good quality hotel with a more affordable fee, we recommend 4 & 3* hotels like Karimkhan and Arg hotels.
What to eat? Where to eat?
After visiting historical and natural attractions. Te pleasure of tasting new flavors and dishes in a fun atmosphere encourages anyone to seek out the best restaurants in the city.
One of the most popular local food is Kalam polo. You can find it in all restaurants in Shiraz In addition to Kalam polo, other local foods are cooked in Shiraz such as Shekar polo, Dopiyazeh Alu, Lari Kebab, Ash Sabzi, and Ash Kardeh. It is highly recommended to try Ash Sabzi.
Ash-e Sabzi is a kind of vegetable soup that is cooked in Shiraz and served as breakfast. If you want to try this kind of soup and other local soup of Shiraz, you just need to go to Shams restaurant early in the morning.
Haft khan restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Shiraz that has seven floors and you can eat different kinds of food there. Haft khan restaurant is also famous because of serving delicious Shirazi Halva.
Traditional Sufi Restaurant is a famous restaurant in Shiraz that most domestic and foreign tourists who visit Shiraz know this restaurant.
In the below, you can see the list of other restaurants with good quality in Shiraz:
Shater Abbas, Shandiz, Berentin, Bagh-e Raz and Lotus restaurants are among the best restaurants of Shiraz
Bakooyeh restaurant is another great restaurant of Shiraz that is located near Qoran gate with a nice view. You can see a beautiful view of Shiraz when you are in this restaurant.
What do we buy from Shiraz?
If you want to buy a special souvenir of Shiraz, in the Vakil Bazaar and Mahinestan Mall, you can find different kinds of famous handicrafts of Shiraz like Khatam, Carved wood, Silver, Kilim, and Gabbeh. The famous beverages of Shiraz are different kinds of traditional Sharbat, Lemon juice, and Verjuice that you can buy them from the stores located in front of Arg of Karim Khan. Masghati and Kaak ( Yukhe bread) are other famous souvenirs of Shiraz that you can buy them from Kamran confectionery cafe and Keshavarz confectionery respectively. Shiraz also has many modern shopping malls such as the Persian Gulf complex, Aftab Fars shopping mall, Zeytoon, Hamoon, and Soltaniye shopping centers.