You can't have a glass of Shiraz in Shiraz, but you can get some of the most beautiful sights in all Iran
Yes, the city where wine was once the best in the Middle East is now a totally alcohol-free area, as the whole of Iran, so no chance for any wine tasting. Still, Shiraz and its surroundings have some of the most beautiful sights you can see in all Iran, such as Shah-e-Charagh Shrine Complex, Nasir-al-Molk Mosque and the ancient city of Persepolis, an hour away by car. After Yazd and Esfahan, Shiraz comes next in terms of sihghtseeing in Iran.
We arrived in Shiraz around 5 in the evening after a 6-hour bus ride from Yazd. From the bus station we took a taxi to Golshan Hostel, close to the main sights of the city. First problem: the taxi driver dropped us in a totally different place. Yes, it was called Golshan but there was no hostel there, so after a few phone calls by some shopkeepers we took another taxi and finally we got to the place. This practice is quite common in Iran: You take a taxi, ask to go somewhere and normally they have no clue where the place is, so they keep asking and asking until they finally find it. But it doesn't always work.
Born in Barcelona and raised in Olot, I've been interested in travelling since I was a child, when every Summer I crossed Spain from coast to coast with my parents. Listening to my siblings' stories about their trips all over the world also helped, as well as watching Around the World with Willy Fog on TV :)
As I grew up, and while I was still studying... read more