Surrounded by dramatic desert and mountain scenery, the ancient city of Kerman is a beautiful blend of history and a rich cultural heritage.
Dating back to the third century, Kerman made a name for itself with its elaborate carpet designs that are still sought after today.
The city is an ideal destination for travellers who want to explore one of Iran's oldest cities, learn about the Zoroastrian faith and discover the beautiful landscape.
Top 5 Things To Do in Kerman
1. Bazar-e Sartasari
Stretching over an impressive 1200 metres, the Sartasari is one of the oldest trading centres in Iran. But it's more than just another market; it's home to the historical bath of Ganjali Khan, religious structures and several museums that make this bazaar no ordinary shopping experience.
Juxtaposed against the beautiful mountains lies a mysterious dome that dates back to the 2nd century. Gonbad-e Jabaliye also known as the Gabri Dome is an enigma and locals are still unsure of its purpose. Today, it is a place of historical importance in Iran and is a museum on the edge of town.
3. Hammam Museum
A visit to Kerman wouldn't be complete without visiting one of the city's ancient buildings. This historic bathhouse is one of the oldest in Kerman and has been beautifully restored. Today, it's a museum that illustrates the traditional hammam process with wax figures. Keep an eye out for the time stones that give off a mysterious glow when struck by low sunlight from the skylights.
4. Hamam-e Vakil Chaykhaneh
Once a bathhouse in the 18th century, this teahouse is now one of the best spots to experience Iranian culture. Situated in the Kerman bazaar, it's an excellent place to stop for traditional kermani dishes like boz ghormeh and kashke bademjan. The prices are cheap, the decor is beautiful, and the restaurant plays local live music throughout the day, creating an authentic atmosphere that makes it a not to be missed spot in the city.
5. Masjed-e Ganj Ali Khan (Jameh Mosque)
For fans of Iranian architecture, the Ganj Ali Khan mosque will not disappoint. Once the private place of worship for a 17th-century governor, the building is now open to the public and is a fantastic example of the era's decorative Islamic arts.
The best time to travel to Kerman
The best time to visit Kerman is during the spring and autumn months. Temperatures in March to May and September to November are a pleasant 20°-25°C, perfect for sight sighting. However, the favourable weather conditions bring in the crowds, driving up accommodation prices. If you want to save money, book a few months ahead or travel during Kerman's shoulder or off seasons.
While you will find better deals from June to August during Iran's summer months, you'll have to deal with temperatures reaching 32 C°, making sight sighting less than ideal. December to February is the city's coldest months and rainy season. If you don't mind the falling temperatures, it's an excellent time to visit to escape the crowds and save on accommodation.
Transportation in Kerman
How to get to Kerman
You can fly into Kerman International Airport from major and smaller cities around Iran. The busiest route is from Tehran with 3 to 4 flights a day, while Isfahan, Zahedan, Mashad and Kish Island have one to two flights per week.
Kerman is connected to the entire railway network of Iran. However, as one of the most popular transportation options in the country, it is best to reserve your seat in advance for some routes.
Accommodation in Kerman
You can choose from a variety of accommodations and hotels in Kerman.
From beautiful apartments located in newly built Iranian architectural style buildings as this one from the picture below to more traditional style as is Godean Hotel Kerman.
Keykhosro house Kerman is a hostel/guest house next to the Zoroastrian Temple and if you prefer to explore Iran destinations from places located in the historic part of the city this will be your selection.