Before introducing the highlights of Shiraz, it should be mentioned that some of the most famous attractions of Shiraz are located in Fars province, a few kilometers to Shiraz which are mentioned as below: (You can find more information on these attractions by checking out our Blog’s posts)
- The UNESCO recognized Takht-e Jamshid Complex or Persepolis ( within 60 km of Shiraz)
- The UNESCO site of Pasargadae, the resting place of Cyrus the Great ( within 133 km of Shiraz)
- Naqsh-e Rostam or Necropolis along with Cube of Zoroaster( within 67 km of Shiraz)
- Naqsh-e Rajab ( within 66 km of shiraz)
- Several historical complexes on UNESCO tentative list in Kazerun, Bishapur, and Firoz Abad
Aside from this historical highlights, there are several natural wonders located in Fars Province. The most notable of these are listed below:
- Dasht-e Arzhan Village( within 73 km of Shiraz)
- The famous Pink Lake of Maharlu ( within 30 km of Shiraz)
- The Lost paradise of Tang-e Bostanak Canyon ( within 140 km of Shiraz)
- Margoon Waterfall ( within 150 km of Shiraz)
The Masterpieces of Zand Dynasty
Now as to see the main attractions of Shiraz, you can enter this city through the famous Quran Gate. You can visit the Zand Complex which is consisted of the citadel or Arg-e Karim Khan and the Vakil Complex. The Vakil complex itself is consisted of Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, and Vakil Bath House.
The Famous Mosque of Colors
Another one of masterpieces located in Shiraz is the Nasirolmolk Mosque which is famous as the Pink Mosque for its special tile works. Make sure you visit this Mosque during the day and before sunset. In this way, you can take stunning photos under the play of colorful lights that comes through the Stained glass windows.
A Glimpse of Religion
If you are interested in the religious and unique architecture of holy shrines, Ali ebne Hamzeh Shrine and Shah Cheragh are two of the most famous examples of these structures in Iran. You can also visit the khan Theological School which is one of the finest examples of Islamic Architecture.
Shiraz & Poetry
The tombs of the two famous Persian poets are also located in Shiraz. The tomb of Hazef and the Tomb of Sa’adi are each designed and patterned in symbolic and beautiful Persian architecture. You can also visit the Khajoo Kermani Tomb which is known as the pilgrimage site for Persian poetry lovers.
The Finest Examples of Persian Gardens
Shiraz is known as the city of the most exceptional Persian Gardens. Aside from having the elements of a Persian garden, there are several unique structures and pavilions in the heart of these gardens. The Eram Garden for example, was inscribed on the UNESCO world Heritage list. Narenjestan Garden, Afif Abad Garden, Delgosha Garden, and Jahan Nama garden are of the most notable Gardens located in Shiraz.
Other Attractions to See
If you have extra time visiting the beautiful city of Shiraz, there are several museums like the Pars Museum, Parks, and historical houses namely Shapouri House and Zinat-ol-Molk House to visit.
Local Food & Signature Dishes
A wide variety of famous and traditional dishes are served in Shiraz. While visiting Shiraz except for the famous Iranian dishes, you can try some of the signature Shirazi meals. Kalam Polo is a famous flavored rice dish that is served with cabbage and special spices. Another flavored rice dish is Shekar Polo which is a sweet dish made with Saffron and sugar. There is also a Special Stew called Yakhni shirazi. Ash Mast (yogurt pottage) and Ash Sabzi (Vegetable pottage) are of the famous Pottages of Shiraz. For Desert, you can try the famous Faloodeh Shirazi which is consisted of threaded noodles in semi-frozen sugar and rose water. Faalodeh and special traditional ice cream are served in several street corners of Shiraz. One of the best places to try this ice cream out is in Arg of Karim Khan Area. Here is a list of hand-picked Restaurants and Cafes in Shiraz where you can try some of the most exceptional dishes.
Handicraft & Souvenirs
For souvenirs you can buy some packed boxes of sweets namely Masghati, Yokhe bread, and Ranginak. On top of this, since the fertile land of Shiraz is home to many gardens, different herbal drinks can also be found in this city. The most well-known Herbal drinks are Shatreh, Nastaran, Bidmshak, Etraj, Taroneh, Sour Orange, Chicory, Lemon and Orange Syrup, Borage and Kialk.
The city of Shiraz has been inscribes on UNESCO list as the World City of Handicrafts in 2020. This was due to the wide range of famous and highlighted handicrafts of Shiraz which are listed as below:
- Wooden handicrafts specially Marquetry as the most famous Handicraft of Shiraz
- Pottery and ceramic handicrafts along with mosaic faience
- Metal works as silver works and chasing
- Handwoven crafts like Kilim and Gabbeh, and mat weaving
- Traditional glass blowing
- miniature paintings
While exploring this city, you can find many stores selling traditional handicrafts of the city. You can also find some modern artwork, clothing, and jewelry shops around the city. Except the Vakil Bazar of Shiraz, you can find these shops near the major attractions of Shiraz.