Cheap Flights To Shiraz
As the capital city of Fars province, Shiraz is a marvel of Persian culture and has been so for more than 2,000 years. The city was once Iran's capital at the time of the Zand dynasty in the mid 18th century and is most famous for its two Persian poets, Hafiz and Saadi, who are buried in the city. Another well-known feature of Shiraz is Syrah wine: world-famous and popular for its dark, full-bodied taste. Indeed, the valley in which the city is nestled was once home to many vineyards and enjoys a pleasant climate. However, Shiraz is best visited away from the humid summer heat and cold winter temperatures.
Many of the city's most wonderful buildings were built or restored during the era of the Zand dynasty with exquisite mosques like the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque being a pure delight for visitors to take in. Many splendid gardens abound in the city like the Eram Gardens, one of Iran's most beautiful and monumental outdoor spaces. Notable festivals visitors will undoubtedly enjoy include Navroz (the Iranian New Year), the Yalda festival celebrated towards the end of September and Chaharshanbeh Souri -- a little like Haloween and celebrated on the eve of Navroz.
Things To Do
Steeped in history and tradition, Shiraz also has contemporary attractions and fabulous outdoor parks and gardens to woo visitors.
Visit historical mosques and tombs
Among the city's most wonderful mosques is Nasir al-Mulk Mosque with ornate artwork and stained glass windows. Nearby, the Tomb of Hafez, one of Persia's greatest poets, is a place for quiet meditation and discovering the history of Iranian poetry.
Indulge in the city's gardens
Visiting Eram Garden is a must-see as it's one of Iran's most splendid outdoor oases. Also, Shapouri Pavilion and Garden offers a contemporary setting with not only a wonderful park but also modern Persian art. Delgosha Garden is another great garden and good for families.
Shop at the bazaar
Vakil Bazaar is a captivating historic place with a history going back over 250 years. There's much merchandise to discover and the place is alive with colours and different scents. Try traditional desserts like Paloudeh and Bastani here!
Calendar Of Events
Shiraz celebrates numerous events at different times of the year and visitors are welcome to take part in the following celebrations (among others):
Navroz. Held on 21st March, Navroz is the Iranian New Year and is celebrated with gusto across the city. This festival also marks the first day of spring and marks spiritual renewal and rejuvenation.
Yalda Festival. Celebrated at the end of September, the Yalda festival marks the longest night in the year with a harvest the following day. In Shiraz, people celebrate with Iranian food, including fruits and nuts. Poetry recitals add to the atmosphere.
Chaharshanbeh Souri. This festival is like Halloween and Iranians celebrate it on the eve of Navroz. In the city, people build fires and keep them alight until morning to symbolise new beginnings.