With the nuclear deal a fact, things will be changing quickly in Iran. McDonald’s franchises are already in the works. As the world slightly distances itself from Israel’s world view, Iran is poised to become a new tourism heavyweight in the region, on a par with Turkey and Dubai.
So while more tourists will throng the streets of Yazd and Esfahan soon, some things will hopefully stay lovely. You already know Iranians are some of the friendliest people in the world, and you can get an excellent bazaar experience at every corner. But what else can you do? 5 highlights, in a guest post by Thien, originally published in full here.
1. Irani Kurdistan
If you think Iranians are friendly, wait until you go to Kurdistan! Besides this, seeing the men in their traditional Kurdish dress is pretty damn cool and unlike the Turkish and Iraqi side, the Iranian side of Kurdistan has no recent history of conflict.
For the history buffs and fans of ancient history out there, Persepolis is a must see and one of the best preserved sites I’ve seen. A spectacular ancient city built by Darius I and once the capital of the Achaemenid Empire before being conquered by Alexander the Great.
3. Beautiful mosques
With so many mosques, you’re bound to suffer from mosque fatigue soon, but it doesn’t take away from their beauty.
A beautiful city with many things to see, but just seeing Imam Square is already enough reason to visit Esfahan.
In this town south of Tehran you can find some exquisite old mansions.