Shiraz is considered by many to be the cultural capital of the Persian language. As the largest city in southern Iran, Shiraz along with Isfahan, Yazd and Tehran, forms the golden route of tourism in Iran. Almost all tours that of Iran include Shiraz.
Shiraz was the capital of Iran during four periods: Achaemenid period 2500 years ago, Sassanid period 1800 years ago (in Firoozabad and Kazerun), Al-Buwayh period 900 years ago and the Zandieh period, 300 years ago.
As the home of two of Iran’s most famous poets: Hafez and Saadi Shiraz is considered to be the capital of Persian language culture and literature.
Because most of the best Persian gardens are located in Shiraz, it is also known as the city of gardens and lovers. The most famous of these gardens are: Eram Garden, Jahan Nama Garden, Delgosha Garden, Bagh-e- Takht Garden and Jannat Garden.
Like Mashhad, Shiraz is also one of the most important religious and pilgrimage cities in Iran with Shah-e-cheragh. It also has one of the best culinary schools in Iran and visitors should definitely try its faloodeh and Herbal Araq.
Shiraz has – or is near many archeological remains including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites Pasargad, Persepolis and Bagh-e Eram. Other must-see attractions are: the Zandieh Complex: Citadel, Public Hamam, Pars Museum, Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, Nasir Al-Molk Mosque, Atiq Mosque, Zeinat Al-Molk House, Narenjestan Ghavam and dozens of other historical monuments that have made Shiraz a rich and unrivaled city.