Iran’s most beautiful & interesting spot?

Shushtar hydraulic system, from above.

Deciding which place is the most beautiful or most interesting in Iran is a little futile… there are of course so many fascinating places. You can fall in love (as I did) with the moonscape-like emptiness of Qeshm, the colours of Hormoz, the history of Yazd, the Jolfa river valley & the 360 degree stunning snowy views from Babak castle (OMG  -incredble place- blog post still to come!), the historical village of Kharanaq, the mosques of Esfahan or the bedazling shrine in Shiraz. Each […]

Dezful – West Iran

Dezful - looking at the remains of a bridge from 300 BCE.

Dezful doesn’t even get a mention in the Lonely Planet Guide for Iran but we had a fantastic stay here and used it as a base to get to a couple of amazing places – actually some of our favourite spots in a country of outstanding destinations – but more on those in a separate post. Dezful itself is a town of around  420,000 people located in the west of Iran, about halfway between where we started our trip in the south (Bandar Abbas) […]

A movie mad host, a paraglider, a wrestler & a businessman…

Mohammad, Shiraz

We will not forget any of our couch surf experiences in Iran – from the movie mad Tarantino fan Ahmad in Ahvaz who lived alone with his sweet, illiterate mother, looked a little like Borat, worked as a chemical lab assistant in the petroleum industry and had a friend with an encyclopaedic knowledge about everything, to the former wrestler now hiking guide Mehdi in Dezful, who despite having an Islamic theologian for a father, had no interest in religion. (Phew that was a looong […]