Ultimate Guide to Shiraz | Everything you need to know
Shiraz, the heartland of Persian culture with more than 4000 years of history, is located in the southwest of Iran. Shiraz is the capital of Fars province and is 800 Km away from Tehran.
Shiraz was located in the central area for Persian civilization in 2500 years ago, and was one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia. Persepolis, which is The Glory of the Persian Empire, is the most popular touristic attraction, together with Necropolis and Pasargadae.
Shiraz is the city of splendid gardens, and is known as the city of flowers, poets, wine, education, fun and love. It was completely covered with gardens and green trees before, and some of them still remains. Generally, The garden is an important part of Iranian culture, which is famous as Persian Garden. It worth to visit the Eram garden and the Afif abad garden, specially in spring.
People in Shiraz are really kind, sociable, fun, relax and hospitable. Many people have their own small garden. It is very famous among locals to say that “Let’s go to our garden to chill and have fun”. It simply shows shows how they seize every opportunity to have fun. That’s why Iranians call it The Capital of Fun in Iran.
Shiraz is a center for Iranian culture, known as the poetic capital of Persia and has produced a number of famous poets such as Hafiz, Saadi, etc. The tombs of Hafiz inside the city is a very good place to see youngs who gather there mostly at night during spring and summer to have fun and run their small gatherings. It is a holly place for many people in Iran. Majority of people have a Hafiz book in their house.
There are many different handicrafts in Shiraz such as inlaid mosaic work of triangular design; silver-ware; pile carpet-weaving and weaving of kilim, called gilim and jajim in the villages and among the tribes.
There are more than 25 shopping malls in Shiraz, and The Persian Gulf Complex, located at the north end of the city, is one of the largest malls in the world, which also has entertainment park. The Vakil Bazaar in the old city center is one of the oldest bazaars in the world, and suitable for people who doesn’t like modern malls.
Most people speak in Persian (Farsi) language, while there are other ethnic groups such as Qashqai who speak in Turkish language beside Persian.
The coldest month in Shiraz is January, with an average high temperature of 12.1°C and an average low temperature of -0.4°C. During the whole year it rains about 48 days (305.6mm). From Dec to Feb you may experience snowfall. July is the warmest month and Jan is the coldest month, with the most rainy or snowy days among others.
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Best time to visit
The best time to visit Shiraz is during the spring and autumn because it is not too hot and not too cold. April is the best month for visiting Shiraz. May 5, is Shiraz National Day. Oct and Nov is also high season. If you arar a photographer, it is better to come there after Nov to have less crowds in most attractions.
There are many options s such as taxi, bus and metro to travel inside the city. Now there is one metro line including 19 underground stations from South-East to North-West of the city. You can take a Token Card which is a rechargeable electronic ticket, available in metro stations.
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Shiraz Railway Station located in the north part, outside of the city. It takes about 40 minutes by taxi to get there. There are high quality train between Tehran and Shiraz. it takes 18 hours.
Shahid Dastgheyb International Airport is the second most reliable and modern airport in Iran, after Tehran-Imam Khomeini airport. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights and Terminal 2 is for International flights.
- Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab
- Nasir al-mulk Mosque
- Eram Garden (Baq e Eram)
- Afif Abad Garden
- Tomb of Hafez
- Vakil Bazaar
- Vakil Mosque
- Qavam House
- Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine
- Tomb of Saadi
- Arg-e Karimkhan
- Naranjestan-e Ghavam
- Karim Khan Citadel
- Qur’an Gate (Darvazeh-e Quran)
- Vakil Bath
- Pars Museum
- Delgosha Garden
- Jahan Nama Garden
- Zinat Al-Molk House
- Shapouri Pavilion & Garden
- Manteghi Nezhad Historical House
- Madrese e-Khan
- Atigh Jame Mosque
- Ka’ba-ye Zartosht
- Baba Koohi Tomb and Heights
- Meshkinfam Art Museum
- Saraye Moshir
- Moshir Mosque
- Khwaju Kermani Tomb
- The Stone (Haft-Tanan) Museum
- Building Art Gallery (Persian Tiles)
- Natural History and Technology Museum of Shiraz
- Bibi Dokhtaran Mausoleum
- Sibouye Tomb
- Simon the Zealot Church
- Bogh’e-ye Sayyed Mir Mohammed
- Forough Al Molk
- Luna Amusement Park
- Mount Derak
- Qasre Abunasr
- Dom-e asb Canyon
- Mortaz Ali Well
- Qalat Village
- Maharloo Lake
* Written by Mohammad Naderi.