Iran is a real people’s place. There are numerous ethnic groups exuding influences from a number of the great civilisations of history, including Greek, Arab, Turkish and Mongol empires. Everywhere you go you’ll find welcomes warm and people intrigued to find out where you have come from, and happy to show you their own country at its best. This is a hospitality culture unlike any other.
Visitors can enjoy two different sides of the country. Modern Iran is a progressive place, making strides in the sciences and architecture. Yet around every corner you’ll find remnants of ancient civilisations.
The capital Tehran is an ancient city, bustling with marketplaces and cultural highlights. But it is just one must-visit destination in a country that’s overflowing with them. Stroll around ancient sites, including Persepolis and Naqah-I Rustam on the outskirts of beautiful Shiraz. Explore timeless Isfahan, the centre of Iranian architecture and known locally as ‘half the world’. Spend hours in Naghsh-e Jahan Square, one of the largest squares in the world and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with world famous mosques, many of which have been standing since the days of Genghis Khan and even Alexander the Great.
This ancient land has had its problems in recent years, but is emerging as a stronger and more appealing place than ever before. At a time when the wider Middle East is suffering, Iran stands as a solid example of how a nation can maintain its cultural identity and thrive.