Iran, the country full of extreme contrasts, with an area of 1,648,195 square kilometers, is the 18th largest country in the world. Conserving biological and landscape diversity in Iran, from mountains to seas, deserts, forests and caves, is both the cause and effect of the diverse climate of this country. That’s why there’s no specific time that’s the best time to visit Iran. In fact, Iran is the country with 4 seasons and this variety satisfies any visitor at any time!
Although, Iran is a great place to travel to all year round, the best time recommended for tourists to visit Iran is during spring and autumn because the temperature in different parts of Iran is ideal during these seasons; it is neither too hot, nor too cold. In summer, the temperature, in some parts of Iran, reaches 50 degrees Celsius and in winter, in some parts it reaches minus 32 degrees Celsius.
Traveling to Iran in some special months, like Ramadan, Muharam (according to the lunar calendar) needs having some basic knowledge about the observances. For example, during the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims are obligated to fast all day long. As a tourist, you will find plenty of places to eat and drink, though. So check the calendar and the weather forecast before traveling to Iran, to find the right travel time for you.
For more information about holidays in Iran read our article “Iran public holidays“.
Spring is the best season to visit any parts of Iran, from Persepolis to the Caspian Sea, deserts, etc. It’s a wonderful time to visit Shiraz, where the orange blossoms exhale their powerful, delicious fragrance. It’s the perfect time for hiking and enjoying the untouched nature of Iran, from its forests to parks full of colorful tulips. Iranviva offers you the best tour packages in this season.
Spring is the high season for traveling to Iran, though. The beginning of spring, when the cycle of life begins again with new growth, is the starting of the New Year in Iran, called “Nowruz”, which occurs on the 21st of March, and continues for about 2 weeks. Iranians celebrate the Persian New Year when spring starts. You would better visit Iran during “Nowruz” to get familiar with the customs and traditions on these days in Iran. This two-week holiday is the longest and most important holiday in Iran, during which many Iranians, as well as foreign visitors, travel around the country. However, the crowd of visitors in this season may make it a little bit challenging to visit different tourist attractions in Iran. Traveling to Iran on Nowruz holiday will be wonderful but make sure you book your accommodation and your transportation in advance.
If you need a peace of mind and would like to avoid crowds when traveling to Iran, autumn is the perfect time for you. After the hot and long days of summer, it gradually gets cooler and the days get shorter in autumn. You can visit any places you want in Iran during autumn, when the temperature is moderate, and you can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and canyoning, etc. You should bring your woolies with you, though, and check the weather forecast for rain, too. Iranviva has wonderful tour packages specific for this season, too.
Winter (Nov- Mar)
Winter is a great season to visit the south coast of Iran, the beautiful Persian Gulf islands of Qehsm and Kish, and their pristine sand beaches. Iran is an amazing destination with several ski resorts! There are many peaks in Iran with altitudes of over 4000m which are covered with snow during winter. There are some ski resorts in the capital city of Iran, Tehran, too.
The first night of winter, on the 21st of December, is named Yalda in Iran that is one of the most celebrated traditional events in Iran which marks the longest night of the year. Yalda is one of the most ancient Persian festivals that Iranians celebrate the arrival of winter.
Iranviva winter tours will bring you closer to nature, and offer some life-changing challenges.
Most parts of Iran are too hot in summer. The hottest spot on earth has been recorded in Iran in Kerman, “Kaluts desert”! The high temperature in most parts of Iran in summer, especially the southern parts, makes these places difficult to travel to.
However, you may prefer to travel to Iran in summer. If so, don’t worry! Iranviva group has the best summer tours for you! For example, the northwest part of Iran, cities like Tabriz, Ardebil, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Lorestan and Kordestan, has pleasant temperature in summer. Gilan and Mazandaran Provinces, along the coastline of the Caspian Sea, are also cooler than the southern parts, with green, lush forests and more rainfall than anywhere else in the country.
As a land of four seasons, Iran has the potential as a perfect tourist destination in different seasons of year for visitors of any kind. In other words, Iran, with a diverse climate is an ideal destination with a wide range of attractions that meets different interests!