Ahvaz Travel Guide | Ahvaz Attractions | Things to Do and see in Ahvaz
Ahvaz, the city of bridges, the city of Karun river
Ahvaz is the capital of Khuzestan province and the second hottest city of Iran. The city is popular because of its bridges, beautiful nights and warmhearted people. During 8-year imposed war between Iran and Iraq, the city had been damaged a lot that the effects of them are still noticeable. Ahvaz is one of the most important industrial cities of Iran and most of the parent companies of the country are in this city and also 51% of petroleum of Iranian National Oli Company is produced there.
The Elamites was the first founders of Ahvaz but the city was destroyed after that and built again by the Parthians. Unfortunately the city was destroyed again and finally Ardashir I built it again. Ahvaz was called “ Oxin” in the past. Karun river was one of the largest and most effluent rivers of Iran and ships drove on it, so the river is very important for the south of the country. Unfortunately nowadays the river is threaten by dryness. Karun is 950 km long and it is the longest river of Iran. It rises in the Zard Kuh mountains of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiyari Province. Ahvaz has long, very hot summers.
In Ahvaz, summer is so called “ Khorma Pazun” ( Date Cooking) that means extreme temperature that causes the Dates to become quite ripe. Ahvaz also has mild, short but very beautiful winters and autumns. The city is divided into western and eastern parts by Karun river. Ahvaz is known for its ethnic diversity. Since the city has very hospitable and warmhearted people, different ethnic groups live there together in peace.
Where to stay in Ahvaz?
Finding a suitable place for staying in Ahvaz is easy because there are many hotels in the city. Pars hotel is the best and most expensive hotel of Ahvaz and Parsia hotel is the least expensive hotel of it. There are other good hotels in Ahvaz such as: Naderi, Oxin, Iranika, Neishekar, Iran, Karun, Sab, Khanemoalem, Hediyeh, Bandar Imam Khomeini, Ali Ebn-e Mahzyar, Parke no, Boostan, Fajr Sepah, and Bagh Moein.
What to eat? Where to eat?
Trying local foods of a city is one of the best parts of any journey. People of Ahvaz are excellent cooks and they are interested in spicy, chilly foods. Ahvaz has delicious local foods like White Pomfret( fish), Drums, Barbus Sharpeyi( Fish), Shrimp, Ghalieh Mahi, Falafel, Sambusa and Mofattah. There are a lof of good restaurants in the city that you can go and try those delicious foods, for example: Emperor restaurant, Kianpars traditional restaurants, Green Cactus restaurant where different kinds of Iranian and foreign foods are served. If you like eating fast food, we suggest you to go Atrin restaurant and Cesar Italian restaurant of Ahvaz. Don’t forget to go Lashkar Abad street of the city and try Falafel and Sambusa that are cooked there. Atena Pizza, Lor & Turk, Iranwich, Haj Rahim Kabab sara, Setar, Konjed, Navid, Riverside, Narin, Radin, Tiara, Kheymeh Kabab sara, Khane Kabab Mehman, Telburger, Irmam, Nobar, Shambama, Hezar Dastan, Darvish khan, Papas Pizza, Omid, Hediye, Twin, Hot, Tooshe, Govinda, Zohreh, Vors Pizza, Haida, Papion, and Oops are other good restaurants of Ahvaz.
Beverages ( Soft Drinks)
Ahvaz has many good, modern cafes that most of them are located in Kianpars quarter, one of the best quarters of Ahvaz. Man, Lantern, Borj, Honar, Koocheh, Shin, Don, Zhowan, Classic, Khalagh, Note, Chaaf, Kia, Sibil, Falimingo, Cinema, Khiyaban-e Chaharom, Divar, Melorin, Rhino,Leo, 28, We,Diego, Sibe Noghrei,and Zhou are the best cafes of Ahvaz. We also suggest you to go ice cream shops of the city and try their delicious ice creams like: Majid ice cream in Golestan street, Mero ice cream, Shad ice cream, Ali Tagari, Nemat ice cream, Shanar , Newzealand juice Bar,and Sib Plus shop.
What do we buy from Ahvaz?
Ahvaz like other cities has its own souvenirs such as: Different kinds of fish, Date, Date cookie, folk custume, and marine decorations. You can buy thoes souvenirs from Bazaars of the city for example Kaveh Bazaar near Karun river. Ahvaz also has modern shopping centers such as: Mahzyar city center, Zohreh shopping mall, Zeytoon mall, Karun shopping center, Kish trade center, Mero market, Salman Farsi shopping mall, Reza shopping center, Kianpars Tower, Hirad city center, Sepid mall, and central market of Kianpars.
Health and Care
Hospitals of Ahvaz: Amir al- Muminin, Taleqani, Razi, and Aria.
Pharmacies of Ahvaz: Imam Khomeini, and Dr Ghanavati.
Where to go and visit in Ahvaz?
There are a lot of great, attractive places to visit in Ahvaz such as: Karun river which is the longest and most effluent river of Iran and has beautiful bridges and it is a fantastic place for walking at night, Pol-e Siah ( Black Bridge), that is the oldest bridge of Ahvaz and the only bridge that has railway on it, Pol-e Sefid ( White Bridge) which is the first suspension bridge of Iran, Ahvaz waterfall that is the longest and most beautiful artificial waterfall in the Middle East, Chahar Shir square that is a symbol of the city, Falafel Bazaar in Lashkar Abad city, Triangle edifice ( Segoosh edifice), Woodturning museum of Ahvaz, Bam dezh wetland and Moein al-Tojar house.