Short and sweet: Shiraz is a wonderful city in south central iran . A city of flowers that is filled with literature honoring the infamous poets of iran and everywhere you turn smelling and seeing beautiful flowers. Shiraz is a beautiful and artistic city and is definitely worth visiting.
I visited Shiraz in 2012 while i was going to Tehran to see family . We drive to Shiraz from Tehran which was about ten hours but i believe we made some stops and stayed a night somewhere instead of driving straight 10 hours. We stayed in shiraz for 3 nights and stayed a hotel in the city.
The Nasir Al-mulk Mosque was absolutely one of my favorite things I did/saw on my trip in Shiraz . The Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is a traditional Mosque designed with traditional Persian architecture. This moss can be busy with money Muslim mosque-goers but there is time for tourists to take a look inside and as well admire the beauty from the outside. The Persian architecture is so detailed and so kaleidoscopic it really puts you in another world and I was in awe of it’s a beauty. There’s so much detail and so much to look at and so much to admire I could take pictures of this mosque for hours. The mosque was built during the Qajar ruling dynasty in Iran so it is pretty old and a piece of history to study. Inside of the mosque there’s colored glass which creates a façade and many other colorful detailing along the walls and traditional elements of architecture drawings. This mask is a work of art and if you enjoy Art and history this is definitely some thing you should visit
The Eram Garden in Shiraz is a beautiful historic botanical garden with lots of different species of plants. The Hiram garden is divided into many sections of flowers and trees there are pomegranate trees Apple trees, pear trees, tulips and so much more. Inside there is also a historic building that is really pretty and has nice Persian-style drawings on it. There are huge towering cypress trees which is super cool to look it and is very exotic. Since the garden was built a few centuries ago, it really shows how well the Persian archetype truly looks like from those ages. There is so much rich history and the overlapping of art and history is a common theme in Iran and I find that to be very cool in my opinion. The building in the middle of the garden was what once was the residence of the people who owned the botanical garden ages ago, so it’s great to see it in the present. There was also a super cool palace inside with giant mirrors, and it made the scenery of it all look fascinating. On top of that, the glazing turquoise pool makes everything look super put together and like a heavenly paradise. It’s super relaxing inside and I had so much fun. If you want a day to just chill and walk around absorbing the beauty of flowers and plants, this is the place to go.
Q & A
What would you have changed?f I could change anything I would have extended my trip in that region of iran and enter into Persepolis. Shiraz is right by the border entrance of Persepolis and Persepolis is a beautiful historic 6th century B.C ruin that I wish I could have seen. Unfortunately my parents had control over the trip but if you can you should definitely see the historical city.
Anything go wrong during the trip?Nothing really went wrong just wish I had visited Persepolis while I was there .
Restaurant recommendations?In Shiraz there are plenty of great restaurants in the city however I like most food to be as authentic as possible and less curated to the touristic palette. That includes the set up and the cultural aspect of dining. If you want a full Persian dinner experience I recommend visiting Haft khan restaurant . The Haft khan restaurant is the perfect mix of a classy fancy restaurant while simultaneously including Iranian dining culture. It is a beautiful restaurant designed with great architecture and wonderful views of Shiraz on top of that there is Persian style eating tables which are basically one large loft cushion that everyone sits around on in a circle and eat the food sitting on the floor. It is a wonderful experience and helps you emerge more into Persian culture. And of course the food selection is absolutely authentic and tasty I highly recommend visiting this restaurant for a good time
Tips you would give a friend?A tip I would give to a friend visiting Shiraz is to do a little research about the history of incredible literature that is part of Shiraz. Although the poetry and other forms of literature are in Farsi you can find English translation and even though they won’t be as beautiful in description it is still such beautiful writing and it would be nice to read some of the artists stuff to get a better understanding of their art before entering their sanctuary
Packing tips?For packing in Shiraz It depends on the season so I would say it’s quite similar to Tehran. If you are going in the spring/ summer And you are a woman make sure to pack very light thin material clothing and if your a man the dress code does not apply but wear cool clothes like shorts and a T-shirt because it’s usually quite hot and Shiraz. Also make sure to wear comfortable shoes or sneakers since you’ll be doing a lot of walking in the city
Transportation Tips?I don’t believe there is a metro system in Shiraz but I also when about ten years ago so things might have changed. However there were many bus routes and also many taxis available .
Any surprises?The one thing I was super surprised about when visiting Shiraz was how pungent and prominent the smell of orange blossom flowers were truly filling in the streets. Seriously walking in Shiraz was like heaven and it’s called the flower city for a reason
Booking details?I’m sure there are plenty of hostiles and Shiraz however I did stay with my family at a hotel. I did not book the hotel so I’m not sure if she booked directly or through an app but we stayed at Zandiyeh hotel in the city. Overall my experience and Cheer is always so wonderful and I hope to go back again the city is a sweet smelling and super fun with so many activities to do and so much to see. I loved walking around and simply just watching life carry through the city the people are beautiful and kind