In order to help you
plan your stay, I have prepared this list of the 10 best things to do
in Shiraz, with most highlights and must-see
attractions. It will for sure give you an idea for your trip to
Shiraz City is located in south-centre of Iran. Shiraz is famous
for its literary history by being home to many poets like Hafez and Sa'di and
known by many gardens. Shiraz is a gateway to Persepolis, the ruins of
Iran's Travel has listed the most important sites you can visit in
When you travel to Iran, one of the most important cities would be
Shiraz. and when you travel to Shiraz One of the most magnificent historical
monuments is Vakil complex.
Vakil complex includes Vakil bazaar, Vakil mosque and Vakil bath.
The wonderfully photogenic Vakil Bazaar is Shiraz’s main market
place and home to hundreds of shops and stalls.
In this bazaar, there are stores of carpets, spices, jewelry and
household goods. You can explore the Bazaar by walking across the tea houses,
courtyards, inns, and traditional baths. The vaulted arched ceilings are a fine
example of 18th century Zand architecture, and make for a pleasantly cool
atmosphere for clients who passes from the Bazaar.
Vakil Mosque is one of the most prominent Zand dynasty monuments
and shines like a diamond in the heart of Shiraz because of its stunning
Vakil Mosque covers an area of 8,660 square meters. It has only
two porches instead of the usual four, on the northern and southern sides of a
large open court. The porches and court are decorated with typical Shirazi tiles, a characteristic feature of the art
and industry of Shiraz during the later half of the 18th century.
Iranian traditional bath or Hammam is deserved to be known as one
of the symbols of ancient Iranian civilization. They are perfectly adapted to the dry
climate of Iran to optimize the usage of water. Vakil bath, no doubtly is one of the
best designed and best preserved baths of its kind (together with Kerman
Ganjali Khan bath). Now it uses as a cultural museum.
The tomb of Shah-Cheragh ("King of Noor") is the site of
the spectacular resorts of two martyred brothers of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia
Imam. Today's burial ground has been significantly developed since the Qajar
era. The central courtyard has a fountain in its center, and it has become one
of the most beautiful mosques in Shiraz in terms of Iranian personality,
sophisticated color tile work, and an interior with stunning mirrors.
Nasir al-Molk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, is not far
from Shahragh, one of the most famous buildings in Shiraz. The Qajar Mosque,
which was completed in 1888, is celebrated for its stunningly colorful
interiors: colored glass windows, intricate tiles and arches, and countless
Persian carpets, creating a kaleidoscopic aesthetic. Along with a row of
delicate carved columns, every aspect of the Nasir al-Molk mosque is very
photogenic from the past.
Best time to visit Nasir al-Molk mosque is in the morning,
recommended to be there around 8:00 a.m. when the reflection of colorful
glasses is in its most beautiful shape.
Shiraz is Known for cultivating beautiful gardens and Eram Garden
is certainly a model of excellence. Eram is located in the botanical gardens of
Shiraz University and it is filled with cedar trees, cypress trees, cut hedges
and roses. At its center is a small pool and the magnificent Qajar palace,
though closed to the public.
Hafez is undoubtedly the most popular and respected poet in the
Persian literature. According to the master of the sonnet (short poem, lovely
poem, rhyme), Iranians from different lifestyles can quote his verses on
request. His tomb resides in a beautiful garden northeast of Shiraz. More than
a tourist attraction, it acts as a place of pilgrimage for its admirers around
the world. Have your fortune told, consider the subtle differences of her
genius because of the wide variety of fields.
Sa’di was a prominent 13th-century poet and he is one of the most
benevolent ancestors of modern-day Shiraz. Many of his maxims are considered as
proverb Nowadays, and he is highly praised for his enduring simplicity of
verse. His tomb is less crowded than Hafiz, but on the same day it is nearby
and worth to visit. The underground tea house uses an interesting place to
refresh yourself after exploring the rose garden and the cedar trees.
When you travel to Iran one of the most glorious sites will be Persepolis.
Persepolis, or Takht-e Jamshid
in Persian, was the capital of the great Achaemenid empire over 2500
years ago, Ransacked by Alexander, this site is the culmination of ancient
Iranian political and architectural achievements. This UNESCO World Heritage
Site is about 70 kilometers northeast of Shiraz and you can visit it by a day
trip from Shiraz, you also can visit it en route from Yazd/ Shiraz or Isfahan/
Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab
In trip to Persepolise, you can also visit to the nearby rock
tombs and reliefs of Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab. The first consists of
four huge tombs built on rock, as the final resting place for the four
Achaemenid kings. The following shows some of the prominent stone figures that
illustrate the various victories of the Sassanid Empire, such as the Roman
Emperor Valyerian kneeling before Shapur I. Four more Sassanian reliefs can be
found at the less well-tended Naqsh-e Rajab, only five minutes away.
The last stop on your daily trip out of town should be Pasargadae,
an Achaemenid political center facing Persepolis. 50 km north is no longer the
easiest destination for its renowned successor, but the remarkable pride of the
ancient tomb of Cyrus the Great. The founder of the Achaemenid Empire, his
isolated tomb was erected on a step-by-step basis and is said to have been
visited by Alexander the Great himself after the conquest of Persepolis.
Maharloo Lake or Pink Lake is 27.0 km southeast of Shiraz. It is a
seasonal salt lake near Shiraz, Iran. The lake salt is rich in potassium and
In the winter and starting by the autumn this lake will start to
be full of water. at the spring the water will decrease little by little, and
the water's color will be changed to pink because of evaporation rates and
salt concentrations. This pink color of this lake attracts many tourists every
year to this area.
The best time to visit Maharloo lake is end of Spring till
mid-summer, since the rate of evaporation is higher.