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What is the Best Time to Visit Iran?

What is the Best Time to Visit Iran?
Photo by Amin Karimi | TasteIran

Iran is a land of contrasts and extreme: the 17th largest country in the world, with 1,648 million square kilometers of territory. Thus, the diversity of landscapes is as wide as the variety of climate. That's why it's hard to tell what the best time to visit Iran is: the good news is that Iran is a 4-season country and it all depends on your taste!

However, tourists are usually recommended to visit Iran during spring and autumn. Indeed, during those months the temperatures are good quite all over the country: not too hot, not too cold. In a country whose temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius as well as minus 32 degrees Celsius during rare extreme events, finding the right balance makes sense. Yet, there are also some disadvantages to travel during the high season, such as crowded places and advance bookings.

So to find the time that suits the best your travel plans to Iran, carefully look at the calendar.

Spring, from March to late May: the high season with the best temperatures

Spring is often considered as the best season to visit Iran. Whether you want to visit Persepolis, go into the desert, chill out on the Caspian Sea, anything is possible during springtime in Iran. In Shiraz, it's the magical time of the year during which the scent of orange blossom spreads over the air. Everywhere else, it's the perfect season for hiking and appreciating the pristine nature of Iran, from its Hara forests to parks filled with colorful tulips.

Khuzestan, South of Iran before Spring
Khuzestan, South of Iran before Spring, Amin Karimi | TasteIran

However, spring is the high season in Iran, which doesn't come without some inconveniences. First, note that the arrival of spring marks the first day of the Persian Year. During two to three weeks around the 21st of March, the whole country celebrates the New Year, "Nowruz". This is a really busy time, during which Iranians travel a lot, in particular in the north of the country. You'd better come to Iran during Nowruz if you intend to join Nowruz celebrations, which is a wonderful event. And be careful to book your accommodations and transportations in advance.

May also coincide with the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast all day long. As a tourist, you will find plenty of places to eat and drink, but be aware that it can have some specific impact on your trip. Read our article about traveling to Iran during Ramadan to know everything about it.

Averages temperatures in spring the main cities:

City

Min to Max C° in March

Min to Max C° in April

Min to Max C° in May

Tehran

5 to 15

11 to 22

16 to 28

Isfahan

4 to 17

9 to 22

14 to 28

Shiraz

5 to 19

9 to 24

13 to 31

Yazd

8 to 21

14 to 27

19 to 32

Kerman

4 to 19

8 to 25

13 to 30

Rasht

5 to 13

10 to 19

14 to 24

Tabriz

0 to 10

6 to 17

11 to 23

Ahwaz

12 to 26

18 to 32

23 to 39

Bandar Abbas

14 to 24

21 to 32

24 to 34

 

September to early November: The Soft Fall of Iran, a Perfect Season

If you prefer to avoid the crowd of spring while keeping lenient temperatures, fall is the perfect season for you. The weather slowly gets cooler after the hot temperatures of summer. As for spring, you can easily visit any places in Iran during autumn, and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and canyoning.

Churat lake in Fall, Iran
Churat lake in Fall, Amin Karimi | TasteIran

Going out of the rude months of summer, life slowly resumed its course as schools reopens in late September. The more November approaches, the more you should bring your woolies with you though. Nights and days can start to be fresh in the north and central Iran.

Averages temperatures in fall the main cities:

City

Min to Max C° in September

Min to Max C° in October

Tehran

19 to 32

13 to 24

Isfahan

15 to 31

9 to 24

Shiraz

14 to 34

9 to 28

Yazd

19 to 35

13 to 28

Kerman

11 to 32

6 to 26

Rasht

18 to 27

13 to 22

Tabriz

14 to 28

8 to 20

Ahwaz

23 to 42

19 to 36

Bandar Abbas

28 to 37

21 to 33

 

From November to Early March: Between Beaches and Ski Resorts

Winter is a great moment to visit Iran. It's the perfect time to discover the south coast of Iran, with the beautiful Persian Gulf islands of Qehsm and Kish, and their pristine sand beaches. For those who prefer powder snow, be aware that Iran is an amazing ski destination! Almost one-third of the country is covered with snow during winter, and more than a hundred peaks are over 4000m. You can even ski without leaving the capital city, Tehran!

Ski in Winter, Iran
Ski in winter, Shahrouz Esmaeili | TasteIran

As spring has Nowruz, winter has Yalda, another ancestral tradition of the Persian culture. Contrary to Nowruz, this celebration which marks the first day of winter on the 21st of December, only last for one evening. No major consequences to expect on traveling then, simply the opportunity to celebrate this unique event with Iranians.

Averages temperatures in winter the main cities:

City

Min to Max C° in November

Min to Max C° in December

Min to Max C° in January

Min to Max C° in February

Tehran

7 to 17

1 to 10

-1 to 7

1 to 10

Isfahan

4 to 17

-1 to 11

-2 to 9

0 to 12

Shiraz

4 to 21

1 to 14

0 to 12

1 to 15

Yazd

6 to 20

2 to 14

1 to 13

3 to 16

Kerman

0 to 20

-3 to 15

-3 to 12

-1 to 15

Rasht

8 to 17

4 to 14

2 to 11

3 to 11

Tabriz

2 to 12

-3 to 5

-7 to 1

-5 to 4

Ahwaz

13 to 26

9 to 19

7 to 18

9 to 20

Bandar Abbas

16 to 27

12 to 21

12 to 24

11 to 20

 

July to August: The Hot Months of Summer

Summer is the best to be avoided in Iran, as most parts of the country are too hot to travel to. Keep in mind that the hottest spot on earth has been recorded in Kerman Kaluts desert, in Iran! From July to August, the temperatures on the south coast makes a trip there difficult. If it's also hot in Central Iran, around Shiraz, Isfahan, and Yazd, it can still be experienced as long as you're not afraid to sweat!

Maku, West Azarbaijan of Iran
Maku, West Azarbaijan of Iran in Summer, Amin Karimi | TasteIran

If you choose to travel to Iran during the summer, we recommend you to experience, as Iranians do, the north of the country. Gilan and Mazandaran Provinces, which are along the Caspian Sea, have a cooler climate. With more rainfall than anywhere else in the country, nature is greener with lush forests which are home to many birds and a rich flora. North West cities like Tabriz, Ardebil, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Lorestan and Kordestan would also have a good weather in summer with a lot to visit.

Averages temperatures in summer in the main cities:

City

Min to Max C° in June

Min to Max C° in July

Min to Max C° August

Tehran

15 to 29

20 to 33

23 to 35

Isfahan

19 to 34

22 to 36

20 to 35

Shiraz

17 to 36

20 to 38

19 to 37

Yazd

24 to 38

26 to 40

24 to 38

Kerman

16 to 35

18 to 36

15 to 34

Rasht

18 to 28

20 to 30

20 to 30

Tabriz

15 to 29

20 to 33

19 to 32

Ahwaz

26 to 45

28 to 46

27 to 46

Bandar Abbas

26 to 36

28 to 38

30 to 38

As a land of four seasons, Iran has various experiences to offer to visitors, from lush forests to hot deserts and cool mountains. The best time to visit Iran is simply the one which suits the best the kind of experiences you’re looking for during your travel!

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