Kandovan-summer destinations in Iran

Is summer your favorite season? After spring, the season of enjoyment will come. In summer, we have more free time and an excellent opportunity to have a great vacation. There are places which are the best choices for spending our summertime. But perhaps they have not been paid much attention. Let’s know more about top summer destinations in Iran.


What do you think of the hot water springs? Sarein is only 28 km away from Ardabil and is located west of this city. The place is famous for its hot springs, the most important one is called Gavmish Goli. The water is sour, colorless, and slightly fragrant. If you are experiencing health problems such as bone and joint diseases, hot springs will restore your health. The oldest spa is called Besh Bajilar that means five sisters. It supplies its water from 5 springs, that is why they call it Besh Bajilar!
Hot springs are not the only attraction! You can also visit other tourist attractions in beautiful Sarein. There is a historical place called Anahita temple. It has been a place of worship and austerity for Zoroastrian magicians and priests for many years. The cannibal castle of Ardabil is a place full of mystery and unseen and unheard secrets. It was rumored that people who entered the castle had never come back. If you are into scary mysteries, you should visit the cannibal castle. Sarein is a cold city, there is a ski slope called Alvares ski slope; which is a great place to experience the excitement of skiing! You can also visit Golestan valley, Varge Saran waterfall, and Atashgah village.

Summer destinations in Iran

Ardabil shines like a green emerald in the northwest of Iran, one of the coolest summer destinations you can experience!

Kaleibar; Paradise of Azerbayjan

Are you a traveler trying to escapes from the summer heat? Kaleibar is a mountainous city with a cold and relatively dry climate and is located on the northwestern side of East Azerbaijan. It is one of the best summer destinations in Iran. Forest areas host travelers who are fleeing from the heat.
Kaleibar is known as a paradise among Iranians. It has breath-taking foggy views that you can take fascinating photos of them. You can hear the sound of the river while sleeping at night. Arasbaran is one of the busiest and popular tourist areas. You can see animals such as black roosters and brown bears that bring you lots of excitement, particularly if you are into photography. There are snakes that you have to be careful about them. Deers (Maral) are one of the most beautiful creatures that you can observe in this amazing spot. The sound of the traditional music playing by “Ashigh ha” can be heard all around.
There is a historical place called Babak Castle. It is located on a mountain at an altitude of 2300 meters. It has been the residence of Babak Khorramdin, one of the most famous Iranian commanders, for 20 years. If you want to go to Babak Castle from Tabriz, you are about 3 hours away. There are three ways to reach there. The first route starts from Babak Hotel, the second route is the Qaleh Darsi tourist camp, and the third route begins from the nomadic camp of the region. All three ways require heavy mountaineering, and proper footwear, and sufficient water. Despite the difficulties, the view is worth a visit.

Summer destinations in Iran: Babak Castle

Kandovan; one of the THREE living rock villages in the world

Have you ever thought of living inside of the rocks? If you have ever watched The Flintstones cartoon, you understand what I mean. In the northwest of the country and near the city of Osko, you can see one of the most unusual villages in Iran, whose people live in stone houses.
Kandovan is located in the East Azarbaijan province, in the city of Osko. Osko city is placed 30 kilometers from Tabriz. The rock architecture of the houses has a particular charm and it is known for one of the best summer destinations in Iran. You can take a look at bazaars, restaurants, and museums among the houses. You should be aware of rock stairs. Also, if you intend to stop and relax, you can go to Laleh Hotel. Tourists can visit the cone-shaped homes of the villagers, go inside the houses, and drink the mineral water of the village. You can enjoy the heavenly weather while shopping. The Tark Stone Mosque is one of the most famous historical localities in Kandovan; its magnificent carvings and beautiful inscriptions are decorated in the beautiful calligraphy of Nasta’liq. Visitors can buy many souvenirs, including walnuts, medicinal plants, doshab (grape juice), honey, and almonds.

top summer destinations in Iran - Kandovan

The rock architecture of the houses in Kandovan village is of a particular charm.

Alasht, a place for Astronomers

The north of Iran has always been the first travel choice for Iranians and among the top summer destinations in Iran. Alasht is one of the closest northern parts of Iran to Tehran and is also geographically located at an altitude of 1900 meters above sea level. Its gorgeous nature makes it a crowded summer destination in Iran. This region is one of the most dreamy and foggy places in Iran. You can walk in narrow alleys and cobblestones with brick houses and wooden gables. When you make your way to the heights, clouds will surround you. Alasht is the birthplace of Reza Shah Pahlavi. Today, his house is visited by tourists as the Alasht Anthropology Museum. This city has become the only observatory in the northern provinces. You can visit Alasht Observatory to stargaze with a four-inch telescope. There are also religious tourist attractions like the Dokhtar-e-Pak Temple and the Imamzadeh Hassan. We should mention that only women are allowed to visit the Dokhtar-e-Pak temple. By visiting the Philband village, you can see the phenomenon of cloud sea in nature. You can rent village houses and villas to stay here. If you rent village houses, you will have a chance to try local food. You can eat vegetable pilaf, and plum stew, and Khiki cheese.

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