south of iran booshehr

South of Iran, Boushehr

A moderate and pleasant climate in Autumn and winter, Spas, famous Gulf coasts, numerous islands, unique and beautiful lagoons, special geomorphological features, tropical vegetation, incredible terrestrial and marine fauna, and a rich historical background with complex and festive social interrelations has all come together in Bushehr Province to form one of the most fascinating places to visit in Iran.

Located on southwestern Iran, Booshehr province has a 700km coastal line and has always been one of the most important territories in The Iranian history. Historical monuments of the region include traces of the ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran, each of which is attractive to anyone who wants to get acquaintance with Iranian culture.

Bushehr airport

The best time to visit Bushehr?

Bushehr endures a long and hot summer. In early springs the weather is as hot as summery weather in other areas. But in colder seasons one can enjoy a perfect vacation there. So if you’re going to visit Bushehr, make sure the sun is as far as it gets from the earth. 

Can we get there already? How? 

The city of Bushehr is the capital of the province, more than a thousand kilometers away from Tehran. We don’t recommend a road trip as it would be a long and tiring one.

however, if Booshehr is just one of your destinations on your tour in Iran, then a bus from Shiraz or Ahwaz wouldn’t be that exhausting. The Bushehr-Shiraz highway makes driving from one city to the other much easier than it used to be. But From Tehran (also from Isfahan or Mashhad) you can book a flight to the city’s international airport. 

Accommodations of Boushehr:

No Shortage of hotels in the city of Bushehr itself, but none of them are that good, or luxurious. These are some of the more decent ones:

-Delvar Hotel

Address: Bandar Bushehr, Kuy-e-Bandar, Rais Ali Delvari Road

-Plus Hotel

Address: Bandar Bushehr, Navvab-e-Safavi st.

-Parvaz Hotel

Address: Bandar Bushehr, Jaddeh -ye- Saheli

-Siraf Hotel

Address: Bandar Bushehr, Imam Khomeini St, near Qods Square

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Let’s roll, coastal style, or: where to visit in Bushehr Province

Bushehr is a strange province in that it boats a hybrid of Antiquity and Modernity, sea and desert, incredible rites of both jubilations and mournings, etc. Here we briefly mention only some these deeply Iranian tourist attractions:

The City of Bushehr, a port that never falls:

One of the oldest coastal cities in Iran, Bushehr was first established in the Elamite era and was later developed by Ardeshir I, a great Sassanid king. But the current city called Bushehr alongside its important port was founded by the son of an admiral in the Nader-Shah era three hundred years ago.

There are traces of all these eons in the city and its surroundings today. Nevertheless, we might call its Old Bazaar the most attractive feature of the city still. Deep into the old district, lies this bazaar of cultural and financial trade.

A warm place, not in temperature (The architecture of the old bazaar has been structured in a way to protect shoppers from sunlight in the summer and rain in the winter) but in interpersonal relations. Incredibly alive, this bazaar is also the host to several different Iranian festival or religious occasions.

For example, the Mourning rites of Ashura, a Shi’ite carnival, is a sight to be seen in the Bazaar. Also, you can find many handicrafts and spices there, I.e the best souvenirs of Bushehr.

boushehr city

Apart from the bazaar, the old district itself (or maybe we should call it the heritage district) in general is a very interesting urban complex.

It was in this area than in the old days people from all over the world coexisted in the strategic port of Bushehr and you can find traces of that maritime symbiosis still in the form of churches (the Gregorian church of Armenians), tombs of colonial officers (Ghabr-e-General) and even a hybridization between Parisian mansions and Bandar dream (Emarate-e-Malek).

After visiting these sites, you can go to Reyshahr beach, and explore one of the most prosperous ports of the antiquity, or at least its magnificent ruins. Reyshahr -called Lian during the Elamite era- was one of the most important trade posts in Bronze age. Then during the Sassanid dynasty, Rey Shahr was an important center for literature and science and many scientists and writers used to live there.

Today it’s still a beautiful beach in southwestern Bushehr, and you can enjoy some mouthwatering shrimp recipes there.

One final note: if you’re a love bird, then you must go and see Heleh Protected area north of the city where a wetland attracts all kinds of rare and beautiful birds to spend their winter there.

Jashak Salt Dome, the Alien castle you’ve never heard of:

on the Southern end of Zagros Mountains and between Deyr County and Dashti County in Bushehr Province, there stands Jashak Salt Dome, the largest of its kind in the middle-east. Stranger and more gripping of all architecture in Iran, are Iran’s natural architectonic mountains.

For how could this be a natural phenomenon, surely some alien race has built Jashak Salt dome, or maybe as the locals say, it was built for a cursed Div (evil spirit). In any case, 140km to the southeast of the city of Bushehr (or 60km south of historic city of Khurmoj) one can find this beauty. 

It’s a place that researchers, climbers, and nature-lovers would enjoy more than others. That being said, for me and you earthy creatures there are in Jashak, besides the salt dome, salt glaciers, salt waterfalls, salt caves, colorful salts, salt springs.

The Port of Siraf, Pompeii of the Persian Gulf:

Once Siraf had been a coastal city with a population of three hundred thousand of all seafarer people from across the globe. Then one of the most horrific earthquakes of history of the earth ended its joyous prosperity.

In an ancient graveyard, there is still signs of that glorious past. In the thousand years since Siraf stayed an important point on the coastal line. But it is only in recent years that the city has once again raised to something reminiscent of those days. And that’s mainly because Siraf is becoming an attractive place for travelers who visit Iran nowadays.

Siraf has a rare architecture, resembling other stair-stepped villages one can find across Iran. Even rarer are the water puddles that were supposedly carved in the mountain to reserve rainwater for agricultural purposes in the days of yore. Then there is a series of ancient crypts at the outskirt of the port, at the foot of the mountain. And above all, there is the friendly and lively atmosphere of the port itself. 

Nayband National Marine Park, Divers beware!

Nayband is closer to Hormozgan than Bushehr, but it’s technically in Bushehr Province. 320km south-east of usher you reach a protected area of land and sea, full of unique flora and fauna of Persian gulf, from dolphins to foxes, from hawksbill sea turtle to Flamingos.

Nayband used to be prosperous for its pearl-diving communities. Today there is no pearl-diving anymore but the coral hills remain an ideal area for diving, especially if you enjoy swimming with among turtle eggs. 

Also if you haven’t seen a grey mangrove forest, you must go and visit Nayband in your tour in Iran, it’s fascinating. 

Tamoukan, A miniature Persepolis:

Tamoukan Ancient City is an ancient port dating back to Achamanean empire. In this important port of kingly rituals, there was the Bardak Siah Palace, constructed during the rule of Darius I. The palace features a hall with two rows of five columns constructed in styles and plans of other Achaemenes structures such as Pasargadae and Persepolis.

The palace was used as a winter palace and it is located 12 kilometers to the north of Borazjan among palm trees and the intersection of Shahpour River and Dalaki River.

Palm Forests of Abpakhsh:

One of the main features of Iran’s nature in this part of the country is usually palm trees. But in Abpakhsh, a city located 60km away from the city of Bushehr, there lies one the vastest on these palm forests.

The lush landscape that you encounter at the entrance of the city immediately halts your attention and makes you wanna spend at least a camping night amongst the sky-scraping palm trees.

The water canals on the two sides of the city’s waterfront entrance give the area a special freshness and vibrancy so much so that in Nowruz, the city is reeling from travelers. Because of a diversity of date palms in the region, your trip there can be something like trip to a wine country, tasting and buying date-based products, watching palm-workers during harvest season, etc.

Traditional Food in Bushehr:

The local cuisine here is, naturally, based on seafood. But some unique combinations of spices and tastes differentiates Booshehri foods from other fish-based cuisines. Here are some examples.

Dami-lakhlakh: the name literally means “fragrant”. Some of its complicated ingredients are Rice, fish, garlic, onion, turmeric, pepper, coriander, etc.

bushehr food

Yatimak-e-Boushehri: a vegetarian choice in Bushehr, cooked with incredible local tamarind among other ingredients.

Other not-so-Bushehri foods that are traditional in southern Iran and can be found in every home in Bushehr are Ghalyieh Mahi (fish stew), Meygu-Polo (shrimp-rice), Falafel.

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