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Shiraz


Travel to Shiraz is a must for any traveler to Iran who wants to better understand the country’s culture and history. Shiraz is the romantic capital of Iran, and one of the country’s most beautiful cities. This historic city sits in the middle of the lush Fars valley in the Zagros mountains. This valley was the original homeland of the ancient Persians who called the land Parsa. Today, Shiraz is distinguished for its ornate and fragrant gardens, singing nightingales and of course poetry. Travel to Shiraz can be extended to the ancient sites and historic villages that surround this majestic city.
Undeniably, Shiraz is first and foremost a City of Poets.Two of Iran’s most beloved and adored poets were born and laid to rest in Shiraz: Hafez and Saadi. Travel to Shiraz is incomplete without having visited each of the poet’s tombs surrounded by fragrant and well-tended gardens. To put in context how important these poets are travelers should ask an Iranian to quote a line of his favorite poet. They will be hard-pressed to find one Iranian who cannot repeat their favorite line of poetry of Saadi or Hafez or an Iranian household without a copy of the Divian-e-Hafez. So highly regarded is Hafez, Iranians use his work as a popular form of divination. In search of guidance or knowledge, Iranians will open a random page of his Divan. With the correct intention, niyyat, the first verse can illuminate one’s predicament. Outside the Tomb of Hafez men await with colored finches perched on their hands. For a meager sum, the finch will pick from a collection colorful little pieces of paper a line of Hafez’s poetry to answer your own question. Both Hafez and Saadi wrote some of the most celebrated love poems in the world, which is why it is commonplace to witness Iranian couples stroll through the gardens as Hafez might put it “drunk with love.”
The most splendid of Shiraz’s gardens include Eram and Narenjestan. Walking through these gardens, travelers will feel an indescribable connection to the people and culture of Iran. After strolling through the gardens, walk through the marvelous Vakil Bazaar and see the spiritual flow of light through the magical stained glass windows at the Nasir-al Mulk Mosque. Outside its room of stained glass windows, the mosque is decorated with distinctive pink and green tiles in floral patterns. Outside the bazaar, sits the imposing citadel of Karim Khan, which houses a museum. Shiraz has no shortage of awe-inspiring sights. As one of Iran’s historic former capitals, Shiraz is home to some of the most significant and extraordinary buildings, monuments and mosques in all of Iran.
Just a short drive outside of Shiraz travelers can trace their way to the ancient capital Persepolis. This incredible ancient structure and complex is a testament to the might of the Persian empire. Standing before the Gate of All Nations, visitors can’t help but wonder who passed these gates over 2,000 years ago. Not far from Persepolis are the monuments of Naqshe Rostam and Pasargadae. Both Persepolis and Pasargadae are UNESCO world heritage sites.
Travelers to the city can enhance their travel to Shiraz by visiting with nomadic tribes who have their own distinct array of customs and cultures. These nomadic tribes are renowned for their hospitality and great cuisine. Using the wool from their sheep herds they make gilim which are beautiful and colorful thin rugs.

What to eat when you travel to Shiraz: Treat yourself to a little taste of heaven by trying some Shirazi Faloudeh. This dessert is made from sweet frozen noodles mixed with rose water, lime juice and sherbet. Shiraz has a rich culinary culture, try the local dishes. Salad Shirazi, a favorite of Iranians, has become a staple of Persian cuisine throughout the country. Taste your way through the city and find a new favorite dish.

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What to buy when you travel to Shiraz


The local specialties sold in Bazar-e Vakil are metalwork, handcrafts, gilims made by the nomads, and printed cottons. Buy a copy of Hafiz and Saadis great works from their tombs.