Khosh Amadid (welcome) to Iran. Leave your preconceptions at the door, because this Middle Eastern gem is nothing like it’s portrayed in the media. A hub of ethnic diversity, Iran is brimming with remnants of its storied past, from the magnificent ruins of Persepolis, ancient capital of the Persian empire, to Shiraz’s mirrored Shah Cheragh mosque. Every corner of the country commands attention and its people are reputed as some of the friendliest in the world.
Iran offers travellers plenty – from grand monuments to astonishing shrines, architectural delights and world-class gastronomy. Bordered by the Alborz mountains, the northern capital Tehran is exceedingly progressive and continues to modernise. Wander its streets and you’ll soon see why Iran is a destination on the rise.
From epics heroics to erotic love poems, Persian Poetry has inspired poets from around the world for centuries and it is as alive today as it was a thousand years ago The earliest form of Persian poetry dates back 2,500 years to the Achaemenian Empire. Sadly, most of the literature from that period was destroyed in the...Read more
Iran’s national dish, the kebab, comes in all types, sizes, and flavours. We’ve picked out the best, and where to try them across Iran The humble kebab – skewered chunks of marinated meat, grilled or roasted over hot coals – has been cooked in Iran for centuries and has become the country’s national dish. Persian kebab...Read more
Persia and carpets going hand in hand so here is your ultimate guide to bagging one of your own What to look for The oldest rug ever discovered was the pile-woven Pazyryk carpet found in Siberia in 1948. It was carbon dated back to the 5th century BCE and thought to have come from the Persian Achaemenid Empire. Persia...Read more