by Lauren on 27 Mar 2017
Iran is a beautiful country with numerous World Heritage Sites, colourful mosques and breathtaking scenery. It is an incredible year-round destination offering travellers something different with each season that passes.
Narrowing down the best time to visit Iran can be a bit tricky. This vast country is incredibly diverse with freezing winters in the north to hot summers in the south.
To help you, here's what you need to know about the seasons and the best time to travel to Iran!
When is the Best Time to Visit Iran?
Iran is a year-round destination that can satisfy travelers who are hoping to be in a great adventure and be treated to the most amazing sights. Depending on your preferences, there’s a best time to travel to Iran and marvel at its wonders.
Here’s a guide that will give you an overview on what to expect when visiting Iran during the different seasons of the year.
Iran in the Spring
Months: March to May
Spring is the best time to travel to a great time to visit Iran if you want to save on discounted accommodation and enjoy less crowded tourist sites. Temperatures during the day are pleasant reaching on average 18 degrees and slowly rising, but the nights can still be quite cold, so pack accordingly.
March is also the best time to visit Iran if you want to experience Nowruz, also called the Persian New Year. The event is over 3,000 years old and predates both Christian and Islamic regions.
However, Nowruz does cause prices to rise from late March onwards, and tourist sites start to experience significantly more traffic.
Iran in the Summer
Months: July - September
Summer is in full swing by the time July arrives and with it comes the heat and temperatures reaching into the 40s.
For Western tourists, this can be unbearable, especially with shorts and t-shirts a no-go and women being required to wear head scarves. If you want to experience milder temperatures, this is the best time to visit Iran and travel to the coastal areas of the Caspian Sea.
While prices are lower during the summer months, if you cannot tolerate the heat, it is best to wait for the temperatures to cool.
Iran in the Autumn
Months: September - October
Autumn is a fantastic time of year in the country, making it also the best time to visit Iran. During this season, rainfall is rare and the sweltering temperatures of the summer months start to drop.
Flight and train transportation are also less crowded during this time as there are fewer non-business domestic travellers.
However, it is best to avoid the 21st to 30th of September in 2017. During this time, Iranians will be participating in a religious event called the Remembrance of Muharram, and it is not recommended to travel to the country during this mourning event.
Iran in the Winter
Months: November - February
If you are looking to explore the country during its shoulder season and escape the heat, winter is the best time to visit Iran. Tehran experiences high snowfall during the colder months, making it an ideal destination for travellers who want to hit up its world class ski resort, Dizin.
The weather is generally sub freezing in the west and north-west but fluctuates around zero on the plateau where Isfahan and Shiraz are located. Rain is also very likely so make sure to bring warm clothing and a raincoat to stay dry while out exploring.
Winter is also the season for an Iranian festival called Shab-e Chelleh (the winter solstice). It usually takes place mid-December and is celebrated with families and friends gathering to read poetry from famous Iran poets, eating nuts, pomegranate and watermelon.
While the season in Iran changes periodically, there are enough reasons to travel to Iran any time of the year. Whether you plan to visit Iran in Summer, Spring, Autumn, or Winter, there are lots of adventures and fantastic views that are waiting for you.
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