Travelers have various criteria to pick a goal for their next journey. While a few people consider the expense of their trip, others focus on climate conditions and the quantity of sightseeing that they will visit each day. Without a doubt, climate conditions, levels of moistness, and temperature are probably the greatest worries for most travelers. If you have a similar concern and intending to visit Iran, good for you, you are in the best post in our weblog. Here we are going to tell you the best time to visit Iran and the best spots in each season.
Different Seasons in Iran
Equivalent to most countries on the planet, there are four seasons in Iran. Be that as it may, what makes Iran not quite the same as those countries is that the New Year is the first day of spring. Some tourists choose this period to visit Iran to be more familiar with this Iranians ancient cultural event. Furthermore, there are four precise seasons in many parts of Iran, on account of Iran’s various nature. So, you can likewise encounter various seasons and climate conditions around the country at the same time. For example, in winter, you can go skiing in the northern part of Iran, and at the same time go swimming in the high temp water of the Persian Gulf in the southern part of the country.
To be progressively explicit regarding this matter, it is the common question that “when is the best time to visit Iran?” To make it clearer, we first introduce all the seasons periods and then will let you know the best areas to visit Iran in each season.
Spring (from late March to late June)
Spring in Iran begins with a lively festival of Nowruz or New Year on March 21st. Nowruz lasts for 2 weeks and most Iranians plan to go to trip for their vacations. So, as a foreign tourist, we suggest you to not visit Iran during Nowruz, because it is a crowded and very expensive time and you surely can’t visit the important sites as well.
Persian schedule simply likes the western schedule comprises of four seasons. Each season has three months of thirty days each and Farvardin, Ordibehesht and Khordad are continuously the names of the three months of spring in Iran. The Persian New Year starts on the main day of spring. Hence, Farvardin the first, that typically falls on March 21st is the main day of Spring and the new year. Ordibehesht is the second month of spring that generally starts on April 21st and finishes on May 20th. Khordad is the latest month of the spring season, which matches May 21st till June 20th. It is highly recommended to choose Ordibehesht and Khordad (April and May) to visit Iran. The weather is really fresh and you will surely enjoy your trip.
In spring, even the nature wants to show you its beauties. The plains, deserts, forests, mountains and sea sides present you the picturesque landscapes. The breathtaking view of large wild Imperial Crown flower fields in foothills of Zagros mountains and the terrains nearby in Ordibehesht is a really must-see.
Ordibehesht (April 21st till May 20th) is known to be the period of going among Iranians as the lovely air arrives at its highpoint and the aroma of orange blooms are scented in numerous parts of Iran including the Caspian Sea shores and Shiraz. Shiraz is a very popular city during April and May for the fragrance of Orange blooms and has consistently been a motivation to the graceful Persian culture.
Among numerous celebrations that occur during spring in Iran, Golabgiri Festival in Kashan, the celebration of gathering roses and make rose water, sticks out. Many tourists who visit Iran in that time, will join this festival and they really enjoy it. Another important event in spring is Sizdah be dar which occurs in the 13th day of Nowruz and the people go out to the nature. Panjah Bedar (50 Bedar) is another custom of the spring in Iran, that happens on nineteenth of Ordibehesht, that is the 50th day of the New Year. The convention of Panjah Bedar is fundamentally the same as that of Sizdah Bedar with the special case that it’s no longer as ordinarily celebrated in numerous territories aside from in Ghazvin Area. As spring is the most mainstream season to visit Iran, it is better to book your accomodations and flights in advance.
Considering all the things mentioned, to name a few places to consider as the best places to visit in Iran during spring, we should name Qeshm Island, Chabahar Port, Kerman, Ahwaz, Shushtar, and Badab Surt Springs. Also, it is one of the best times to explore Classic route in Iran including the cities of Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Kashan and surely Tehran. For the nature lovers who want to discover the nature wonders in Iran, it would be the best choice to come to Iran in spring.
Summer (from late June to late September)
Summer begins with slight decreasing of precipitation. At June temperatures are only slightly higher than they were in May. June is the hottest and driest month of a year in Iran. Daytime averages in most parts of the country are between 30 and 36 °C (89-97 °F). Foothills are cooler with about 25 °C (77 °F) while in Caspian Sea coasts temperature often reaches 38 °C (100 °F).
August brings increasing of precipitation and warms up waters to perfectly comfortable temperatures. Waters of the Caspian Sea are having 24 to 28 °C (75-82 °F) and both Gulfs are as warm as 30-32 °C (86-90 °F). However, swimming may be spoiled by swarming jellyfishes and rays.
If you are interested in hiking and mountain climbing in Iran, summer is the best time to do these types of activities in Iran.
There are a number of mountain ranges in Iran, including Alborz, Zagros, and Talysh from which you can choose different routes to go trekking. Also, summer is the best time to travel to northwest and west of Iran. If you want to visit Iran in summer, we highly recommend not to go to deserts and central cities of Iran.
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Fall (from late September to late December)
Autumn brings rains to the country. The peak of precipitation is at October when the monthly amount of rain reaches 215 mm (8.4”). At September rains are often too while temperatures are only slightly lower than they were in August.
In the mountains of Iran, precipitation takes the form of hail. Late October is almost spring and daytime average is about 10 °C (50 °F) and night it may drop to -3 °C (27 °F). Peaks are covering by snow at this time. In plains, October temperature is still rather comfortable and the range is between 22 and 25 °C (72-77 °F). November means cooling everywhere: 4-8 °C (39-46 °F) in foothills, 13-15 °C (55-61 °F) for central regions and 16-18 °C (61-64 °F) in southern coasts.
In the case that you are a nature lover and searching for a fabulous and beautiful landscape to visit in Iran during autumn, you should visit these northern provinces: Golestan, Gilan, and Mazandaran. Golestan Region flourishes Iran’s most established national park, home to more than 300 creatures and 1,350 plant species, making it one of the most naturally assorted secured territories in the country. Golestan National Park turned into a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1976 and it is highly recommended to go to.
Thinking about how to increase the value of your excursion to Iran during autumn? All things considered; the country is well-known for its brilliant deserts. Why not spend a couple of days in the deserts of Iran? To know your potential outcomes, it would be ideal if you check out our posts about Iran Deserts and read a travel guide to deserts of Iran. Furthermore, our travel experts are always available to advise you to visit Iran in best way.
Winter (from late December to late March)
In northern and western regions of Iran, winter starts with wet snow and averages at 1 to 8 °C (34-46 °F). Southern coasts are usually warmer. So, it is a great time to walk along Persian Gulf coasts. Local temperature is 10 to 14 °C (50-57 °F) at daytime while in mountainous regions even daytime temperature is in negative range (below 32 °F). January is the coldest month with -5…-8 °C (23-18 °F) in a northwestern part of Iran. Central and coastal lands are much warmer. February brings first signs of approaching spring. Temperatures are rising to about 13 °C (55 °F) except mountainous regions, where the air is still cold.
After the magical season of fall, the temperature starts to drop down notably. Thanks to the two major mountain ranges ( Zagros and Alborz) stretched over the northern part of Iran, Iran has great sites for winter sports. If you are interested in skiing, don’t miss ski resorts while you visit Iran. The most famous one is Dizin International Ski Resort which is near Tehran. Winter, according to the Iranian calendar, begins with a traditional ceremony called ‘Yalda’ or ‘Shabe-Cheleh’. It is the first night of winter and the longest night of the year.
To be honest with you, each season has its unique beauties in Iran. Just you have to know how and where you exactly travel inside Iran to enjoy your trip. Anyway, we want to let you know when is high-season and low-season to visit Iran. Just continue reading the rest of the article.
When is the high season in Iran?
While each season in Iran has its own excellence and a few regions are progressively prominent to be visited in every long stretch of the year, there are two periods that are known as the high season in Iran.
The first high season in Iran is from late March till late May. It begins with spring and simultaneously Nowruz holidays. As referenced before, this time is well-known for both foreign tourists and local people to visit Iran.
Another high season in Iran begins from September and proceeds to early November. The climate is a lot cooler as of now and in light of the fact that schools and colleges open in September, the quantity of domestic trips reduces during this time. So, if you are planning to visit Iran, it could be a great time.
When is the low season in Iran?
The low seasons in Iran are additionally two periods. The first one starts from late June and endures toward the beginning of September. During this time, the climate is extremely hot and dry in certain parts.
The other low season in Iran is from pre-winter to the mid-winter. On the off chance that you are searching for visit Iran in winter, you can go and discover southern and eastern parts or as it was mentioned before, you can plan to go skiing in northern areas.
Official Public Holidays in Iran on the Solar Calendar
|Iranian Calendar||International Calendar||Occasion|
|1 Farvardin||21 March||Nowruz|
|3 Farvardin||23 March||Nowruz|
|4 Farvardin||24 March||Nowruz|
|12 Farvardin||1 April||Islamic Republic Day|
|13 Farvardin||2 April||Day of Nature (Sizde-be-dar)|
|14 Khordad||4 June||Commemoration of Imam Khomeini|
|15 Khordad||5 June||Commemoration of 15 Khordad|
|22 Bahman||11 February||Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution|
|29 Esfand||20 March||Oil Nationalization Day|
Official public holidays in Iran on Lunar Calender
- Tasua, Ashura
- The demise of the holy prophet(SAWA) and Martyrdom of Imam Hassan (AS)
- The demise of Imam Reza (AS)
- Birth of the holy prophet (SAWA) & Imam Jafar Sadegh (AS)
- Birth of Imam Ali (AS)
- Ordainment Day
- Birth of Imam Mahdi (AJ)
- Martyrdom of Imam Ali (AS)
- Eid- Al-Fitr
- Martyrdom of Imam Jafar Sadegh (AS)
- Eid-al-Ghorban, and Eid-al-Ghadir
Since the Lunar Calendar is not a fixed calendar and changes 10 days every year, we did not write their dates according to the International Calendar.
It is necessary to mention that, some tourists have shown their interests to visit Iran during Muharam Month (in Arabic Calendar) recently to be in the religious festivals of Tasua and Ashura (9th and 10th of Muharram). In fact, it is one of the best time to visit Iran. Most of them intend to visit specially Yazd religious festivals in these days. We, at Persia Top Tours, can help you to organize these religious tours. You just need to contact us to advise you in best way.