The 5th populous city of Iran, Shiraz, is located in the southwest of Iran in the Fars Province. It’s one of the oldest cities of Iran and last was the capital from 1750 to 1800 in the Zand Dynasty.
Shiraz was regarded as a very important trade center for more than one thousand years.
This city is also known as the City of Roses, City of Love, and the City of Gardens.
There’s a rich history of science, art, and literature. Namely, the tombs of two well-known Persian poets, Hafez and Saadi are in Shiraz.
Aiming to give you a clearer insight before traveling to Shiraz, we prepared this article about Shiraz as a Travel Guide.
Best time to travel to Shiraz
The average temperatures vary a lot in Shiraz since it’s located on the slopes of Zagros mountains and in the south of Iran.
Actually, there’s a warmer climate in the spring from March to May and the prices are not much expensive. In the summer, however, you can find the hotel prices at their lowest numbers since the weather is hot and sometimes humid. Ultimately, fall is the most preferred season of the year for visiting Shiraz. And, the weather is at its most pleasant temperature.
Food Tourism in Shiraz
Shiraz has a wide range of choice to offer when it comes to food and restaurants due to its rich culture. Some of the must-have local foods of the city are:
- Kalam Polo: The most favorite dish for Shirazi people is Kalam Polo which is a mixture of rice, kohlrabies, vegetables, and tiny meatballs.
- Shekar Polo: It’s a portion of delicious food for those who love sweet dishes.. It’s made of rice, sugar, saffron, and peanuts.
- Ash-e Mast: It’s kind of a soup which is served cold, in spite of other soups. Ash-e Mast is a delicious mixture of meat, yogurt, rice, and split peas.
- Koofteh Holoo: Iranians may think of peach when they hear Koofteh Holoo, but the ingredients don’t include peach. Instead, there are enough amounts of corn flour, rice, meat, egg, carrot. Additionally, sugar adds a sweet taste to it.
- Faloodeh Shirazi: It’s one of the well-known desserts in Iran and is one of the must-have desserts during your tour in Shiraz. This mixture of semi-frozen vermicelli-sized noodles, sweet syrup, rose water, and lemon juice. You can find the best shops serving Faloodeh behind the Kaerimkhan Citadel.
Annually, thousands of local and foreign tourists travel to Shiraz. Therefore, this city provides them with fine accommodation services and hotels. Travelers can find luxurious hotels with full amenities or they can stay in the houses of hospitable people of Shiraz.
- Chamran Hotel gives you a great landscape from the city since it’s the tallest hotel in Shiraz.
- Homa Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel with modern décor offering great amenities.
Other high quality hotels:
- Persepolis Hotel
- Royal Shiraz Hotel
- Eram Hotel
- Shiraz Grand Hotel
- Pars Hotel
- Shiraz hotel
If you want to stay in a cheaper hotel, we offer the following ones:
- Jahangardi Hotel
- Jam-e Jam Hotel
- Eram Hotel
- Arg Hotel
- Shayan Hotel
- Roodaki Hotel
Besides, Niyayesh gives you the comfort of stay in a traditional hotel. These hotels, however, are only a few options for accommodation in Shiraz. You can find a linger list in TripAdvisor .
Attractions to explore!
Tomb of Hafez: Tomb of Hafez, the famous Persian poet whose poems are read worldwide, is located in Hafezieh, one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Shiraz.
Vakil Mosque: KarimKhan-e Zand, the founder of Zandieh dynasty, built this grand mosque in Shiraz. The outstanding part of this building is a ceiling called Morvarid which is elegantly decorated with calligraphies of Quran verses.
Eram Garden: According to some resources, this beautiful garden dates back to the Seljuk era. And, during the Qajar era, they built a marvelous mansion at the heat of this garden. This masterpiece is an eye-catching mixture of paintings and tile works.
Arg-e KarimKhan: Another fantastic symbol of Zandieh architecture is Arg-e KarimKhan. Surrounded with four watch tours, it was the government building as well as their residential place. All of the beautifully painted rooms are connected to each other. Arg bathhouse, the first private bath in the Qajar era, is also located in Arg-e Karimkhan.
Persepolis: The capital of ancient Persia in the Achaemenid Empires, Persepolis, is the world heritage site and one of the most-visited attractions of Shiraz. The empires celebrated the new year in the palaces of this city, but Alexander burnt and destroyed Persepolis when he attacked Iran.
Nasir Al Molk: This building is the masterpiece of Persian architecture in the 19th century. Also known as the Pink Mosque, Nasir Al Molk is famous for its pink theme made from rose-pink tiles. The best time to visit it is in the morning when the majestic patterns of light decorate the hall.
Giveh: Shirazi people, and most of Iranians, used to wear this kind of shoe in the past. These soft, comfortable, and handwoven shoes are made of leather for the sole part and woven thread for the upper part. Nowadays, some of the people still wear Giveh but mostly they’re a kind of souvenir.
Silver Works: Shirazi artists are good at metalwork, especially silver. There’s a wide range of potteries, cups, and other silver works in the bazaars of Shiraz.
Khatam: This precious handicraft is the fruit of patience and effort of the artist who creates it out of the combination of various pieces of colored woods.
Pottery: Although it’s the handicraft of most cities of Iran, it receives more attention in Shiraz and you can buy this clay work in Shiraz bazaars as a souvenir.
Other handicrafts of Shiraz worth mentioning are miniature, mirror works, glassblowing, and wood carvings.
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