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Shiraz (Iran)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
300 miles from Isfahan by car or bus
When to go
From April to May or September to October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Shiraz

Fabien Dany Seasoned Traveller
13 written opinions

At one time Iran's capital, Shiraz is home to the tombs of the greatest Iranian poets, Hafez and Saadi, and was once famous for the wine formerly produced here from the well-known grape variety that today shares the city's name.

My suggestion:
Witness the love the Iranians have for their poets at the tombs of Hafez and Saadi. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about their poetry in the adjacent museums, and discover the divining art know as 'Fal', which uses the poems of Hafez.
My review

Shiraz is famous in Iran for being the city of poets and wine. Though the former have long since been buried and the latter has been banned since 1979, Shiraz is still a poetically charming city, with its many gardens providing it with a decoration of flowers and acting as the source of much of its charm.

After traversing the desert to reach Shiraz and passing through the Koran Gate, I went to explore the gardens of the Hafez and Saadi mausoleums, spent some time strolling around the Eram, Narenjestan (the Orangery) and Afif Abad gardens, and took advantage of the facilities at the Vakil Bath (a historic hamman). To finish off, I immersed myself in a particularly tumultuous chapter of history by visiting the Arg of Karim Khan, a centuries-old citadel.

Shiraz is the capital of Fars Province and it is possible to use the city as a point of departure for excursions to Persepolis and the region's other ancient sites.

Eram Garden