Iran is a vast country with various natural and historical regions. Many of Iran’s attractions are known, and many others remain unknown. Among the tourist attractions of Iran, there are very beautiful areas with pristine nature that will surprise and amaze every visitor. Some natural areas of Iran are so beautiful and unique that their example can not be found in the world. In addition to beautiful mosques and ancient ruins, tourists can see the diverse and fascinating natural landscapes of Iran, which offer them inspiring natural treasures. From spectacular mountains and deserts to forests and caves, all show the wonders of Iran’s nature. In this article, we are going to introduce the most beautiful natural attractions of Iran.
Dasht-e Lut or Lut Desert
Dasht-e Lut or Lut desert is the 27th largest desert in the world and one of the two largest deserts in Iran, which is located in southeastern Iran. This Desert with an area of more than 50,000 square kilometers is located between parts of the provinces of Kerman, Sistan and Baluchestan and South Khorasan. The Lut Desert is one of the hottest and driest regions in the world, with its epicenter known as the hottest spot on Earth in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, with the highest recorded in 2005 at a maximum temperature of 70.7 ° C. Scientists have attributed the high heat to the dark color and dryness of its surface, which absorbs the sun’s heat. Despite the scorching heat, the view of the desert starry nights and the breathtaking views of the dawn can be a memorable time for any tourist. Dasht-e Lut or Lut Desert is the first natural attraction of Iran that is registered in the UNESCO’s world heritage list. In addition, Kluts or yardangs are one of the unique attractions of Lut Desert in Iran, which attracts many tourists every year. Observing the night sky from the top of these mountains is one of the lasting memories for tourists.
Another natural attraction of Iran is Qeshm Island which is the largest island in Iran and the Persian Gulf in the Hormuz Strait. Among the sights of this island, we can mention its markets and natural sights such as mangrove forests or Hara forest, Khorbas caves, Portuguese castle, Chahkuh Strait, Persian Gulf blue dolphins, Star Valley, Naz Islands and Namakdan Cave. One of these strange geological attractions is the Salt Cave, which is the longest salt cave in the world. The spectacular and interesting erosions of Chahkuh Strait are also worth seeing. Qeshm geo park is another attraction of the island, which is the first geo park in the Middle East and has been a member of the global network of UNESCO-supported geo parks since 2006. In this part of the island, in addition to beautiful, rare and endangered plant and animal species that are of great value nationally and globally, there are rare and unique geological phenomena, each of which has its own unique charm and beauty. During your trip to this island, you can also visit Qeshm Crocodile Park, which is the first and largest crocodile park in the Middle East and is a beautiful and safe place for tourists interested in wildlife to get acquainted with the life and characteristics of these rare animals.
Abr forest or cloud forest
Abr or Cloud forest is one of the most beautiful forests of Iran with a pleasant climate. As a result of covering by an ocean of clouds and wind, it is known by this name. In this natural wonder of Iran, the clouds are so close to the trees that as if the forest is on clouds. The cloud forest is one of the oldest forests in the world, dating back forty million years and belongs to the third geological period, the Jurassic Age. This forest is a continuation of the Hyrcanian forests, another natural attraction of Iran that has been announced as a world heritage by UNESCO.
Badab Surt spring
In a corner of Mazandaran province in northern Iran, there is a spectacular view of a spring whose stepped shape has become famous in general and in particular. It is as if the accumulation of lime on top of each other has caused terraces to form in nature and water to flow from them. This calcareous and stepped formation has been created for thousands of years by the flow of water from two mineral water springs and has become one of the most spectacular places in Hyrcanian forest. These springs can be seen in other places such as Turkey, but the distinguishing feature of Badab Surt is its different color, which is due to the high concentration of iron oxide deposits. The presence of this substance not only creates a different face for this spring, but also due to its high salinity and mineral content, it has given it healing properties.
Damavand Mountain is one of the natural attractions of Iran and the highest mountain in Iran, 5,671 meters. This mountain is the highest peak in the Middle East and is a 1.8 million year old volcano in the Alborz mountain range. This mountain is of great value to Iranians and its traces can be seen everywhere, especially in the literature and legends of this country, and its presence in Persian mysticism and poetry is quite evident. Climbers can choose one of 16 main routes and reach the summit in two to five days. On the way to conquering this height, you cross rocky lands and pass mineral springs. You will also catch sight of valuable plants and animals and spend time with them.
In a region of northern Iran called the Yurkmen Sahara, there is an endless picture of lush hills inhabited by Iranian Turkmen. The area has significant attractions, including the mysterious Khalid Nabi Cemetery with strange landmarks and Gonbad-e Qaboos, the 19th century Red Tower and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qaboos tower is a prominent example of Islamic design based on geometric formulas and has been a model for tomb buildings throughout Iran, Anatolia and Central Asia.
Imagine standing in the middle of the desert and seeing nothing but golden hills and groves; Suddenly you hear the sound of the sea waves breaking the magical silence of the desert. It will definitely be a unique experience! You will get this experience only by visiting the village and the desert of Derek. Derek beach is one of the strangest and the most amazing places in Iran and even in the world where the sea and the desert meet. This exceptional paradox has created one of the most beautiful tourist sights in Iran. For a nature lover, standing between the sand dunes and watching the desert and the ocean at the same time will undoubtedly be a wonderful and unforgettable image. The sunrise and sunset of this beach, next to its grove, is amazing, and the colorful sky that is created in these moments, doubles the beauty of this unique place.
Aladagh Lar ”or colorful mountains is one of the natural wonders of Iran, which is one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. These sights are so rare and strange that sometimes we think we are seeing a scenery from another planet. The presence of colors such as red, yellow, white and orange dazzles the human eye. These mountains are a suitable subject for nature photography due to their color, especially copper and yellow colors in suitable light conditions and hot weather.
Miniature or Martian mountains
Miniature or Martian mountains are among the sights of Iran that neither their lush nature nor their snowy peaks have made them spectacular, but only their special shape. It is safe to say that miniature mountains are one of the most unique natural gifts that exist in Iran and the same can be found in few places in the world except on other planets such as Mars! These gray mountains have identical grooves that surprise tourists. The night sky of the Martian mountains shows a beautiful image of the stars that astronomy enthusiasts can travel to this area when it is dark and without a telescope, watching the thousands of stars in the clear sky.
Khazineh valley is another natural beauty of Iran, which has been created by erosion over the years and is very similar to the Grand Canyon in the United States. This valley has the tallest suspension bridge, which is the tallest suspension bridge in Iran. This tourist attraction of Iran is a deep valley whose horseshoe bend is very visible from above. At this bend, there are majestic cliffs, like an island, and a river flows around it. Around the river, the walls of the valley rise to the sky.
Iran’s magical nature has attracted a lot of attention from all over the world and tourists from different countries, along with enjoying the ancient history of this land, are immersed in the magical effects of deserts, forests, lakes, mountains and many natural attractions. Contrary to popular belief, Iran is not a desert land, but a country with tremendous geographical diversity and incredible natural beauty.
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