Endowed with numerous tourism attractions, Iran is a must-seen country, embedded with various undiscovered tourism capabilities

According to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) statistics, Iran tourism industry is ranked 10th among the countries of the world in terms of its Heritage sites. Iran also stands at the 5th place in the world in terms of natural attractions.

Being a four-season country, and owing to its unique geographical location, and large-size land area, there are so many must-seen natural attractions in Iran.

Impressive archaeological sites, and ecological wonders, together with the carefully planned museums, await the curious traveler in Iran, a land globally known for both its unique, and authentic Natural, and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Successful domestic market of the country has led to an increased amount of foreign visitors interested in the history, natural beauty, and business opportunities in Iran.

Iran is the paradise of travelers seeking to delve deep into the history, and the origins of civilization, where a mosaic of cultures and natural landscapes amazes every seeing eye.

 Some of Iran’s Potentials in Tourism

  • Home to more than 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • A 7000-year written history, and called the cradle of civilization, Iran is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of cultural places, ecotourism, and heritage sites
  • Numerous museums
  • Countless ecotourism sites
  • Uncounted religious sites
  • Affordable healthcare services, available
  • Extensive bus network, along with the airways, and railways infrastructures


Heritage tourism

It is believed that, there would be more than 28 tombs belonging to the Messengers of God throughout Iran.

UNESCO has designated more than 20 of Iran's various heritage, and natural sites, as the world heritage, by far, some of which are listed below:   

  • Persepolis, the complex of Xerxes palaces, embedded with 2,500 year-old Persian reliefs
  • The ancient Mesopotamian ziggurat, and the complex of Chogha Zanbil, an intriguing remnant from the Elamite Empire, with more than 3,500 years old
  • Titled “the oldest double-shell dome in Iran”, Soltaniyeh Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and an architectural masterpiece, built in 1302, has amused both the pilgrims and the historians for centuries


  • The treasury of the National Jewels, the National Museum, the opulent Golestan Palace in Tehran, and the Sheikh Safi Museum in Ardabil are just a handful of venues that feature the collage of Iran's historical, and traditional past
  • Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of a specialized library, showcases over 7,000 texts both in Persian and English
  • Stunning waterfalls, deserts, forests, lagoons, caves, swamps, and lakes represent a diverse array of climatic zones, and landforms, not comparable to anywhere else on the planet

Eco Tourism

With only 5% of its area occupied, an area of over 8 million hectares, Iran is endowed with more than 28 national parks, 43 protected wildlife zones, and 166 protected areas. Golestan National Park, Kavir National Park, Lar Protected Area, Bakhtegan Lake, and Bamu National Park are amongst some of the most popular for ecotourism.

Religious Tourism

Endowed with powerful religious beliefs, Iran has many attractions for the religious tourists. Some are as follows:

  • The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, and the largest mosque in the world in terms of the area occupied, located in the city of Mashhad, and visited by millions of pilgrims every year, to pay homage to the revered Imam
  • The Tomb of Daniel at Susa
  • The shrine of Fatima Masumeh, the revered sister of Imam Reza, in the city of Qom
  • The Chak Chakoo Fire Temple



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