Isfahan is the second most tourist city in Iran, after Mashhad city. Located in the heart of Iran, Isfahan is usually the second stop after Kashan city for tourists taking the Persian classic travel plan. This historic city of Iran is filled with culture, class, and tradition. Aside from the city, you will have access to deserts such as the Mesr desert, jungles, caves, and…
Isfahan Hostel and Hotels welcome people from around the world, making this historic city of Iran one of the most tourist-friendly destinations in the country.
Isfahan City has dry summers as hot as 40 degrees and in the winters, as low as -10. But overall, Isfahan City has nice cool weather except for the peak moments.
Isfahan City was the country’s capital about 500 years ago and is still considered the most cultural city in Iran. Isfahan city’s music, handcrafts such as carpets, rugs, and handmade utensils are famous worldwide.
Travel to Isfahan City
Bus: Buses are available to Isfahan City from almost every major city in the country, such as Tehran City, Shiraz City, Mashhad, and Ahvaz City… also there are daily buses available in Isfahan, from and to Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA).
Sefeh and Kaveh are two of the major bus terminals in Isfahan. To get to the Sefeh bus terminal using public transport, you can take the city buses to the Azadegan stop. The Kaveh terminal’s closest bus station to it is the Zibashahr intersection stop.
Train: Isfahan train station is located outside the city, about 10 kilometers south, in Sepahan Shahr. There are trains available to Mashhad city and Tehran city daily. Daily trains are coming and going here.
Metro: Isfahan has a metro station with three lines, but only one is active. It connects the north of Isfahan to the south and has 20 metro stations.
Airplane: Isfahan International Airport is located on the city’s eastern side. Daily domestic and international flights take place here daily.
Isfahan Hostel and Hotels
Ani Hostel is one of the Isfahan hostels that is the best option for budget travel in Isfahan City—located at number 34, Ferdowsi 28 Street, Sheikh Bahaee Avenue. You are also offered free Wi-Fi in this Isfahan hostel.
Phone number: +989394593471
This is another budget option among Isfahan hostels, suitable for backpackers. Breakfast and free Wi-Fi are available in this Isfahan hostel. Located at: Next to Takhti Sports Center, Charbagh-e Paieen Street
phone number: +98 311 2227273
This building is more than 300 years old, making it a historical sight. This 5-star hotel is probably the most luxurious in the town, with a nice tea house in the courtyard, side by side with the Hasht Behesht Palace. Located at: Cheharbagh Boulevard
Phone number: +9831 3222 6010
Hasht Behesht Apartment Hotel
A mid-range option among Isfahan hostels and hotels. This Apartment hotel offers high-speed Internet, and you have access to a kitchen, which makes it appealing for long-term stays. It is located at Ostandari Street.
Phone number: +98 31 322 00 967
Attractions in the Most Historic City of Iran
Isfahan City used to have more than 137 palaces, 162 mosques, 48 schools, 273 bathhouses, and 12 graveyards. Although many are gone today, you can still see how historically rich this city is. The main landmark of this historic city of Iran is Naghshe-Jahan (Imam) Square, the center of the old town of Isfahan.
Chehel Sotoun Palace, with its mesmerizing design and paintings, will keep you busy for hours. Around it is the Shah mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali-Qapu Castle, and the Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Si-o-se Pol and Khaju Bridge are good for the night by the riverside. You may also rent bikes at the rental centers or bus terminals and cycle alongside the Zayandehrood River.
Vank Cathedral (Armenian church in Isfahan) and museum can give you good information about Armenian minorities who have lived in Iran since the 1800s. Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan is one of the oldest mosques in the country, and Chaharbagh Boulevard is the most famous avenue in Isfahan city, established during the 1500s. Also, Isfahan City is one of the pioneer cities in the country’s entertainment field. Isfahan birds garden and Isfahan Aquarium are some of the most advanced and newest city attractions, which you better look at.
Also, Isfahan City is a culturally rich city. Isfahan’s music style is very well-known all across the city. As long as you are there, you better go to the Isfahan Museum of Music, look around for live shows, or attend one of the music schools in the city. Rakibkhaneh Museum is filled with beautiful handcrafts, glasses, jewels, and other handmade artifacts made by the hands of Isfahan city artists since the 10th century.
Also, if you are into ecotourism, Isfahan City is close to both Jungles and some of the most interesting deserts in the country, such as the Mesr and Maranjab deserts. Also, it’s possible to ski in the ski resorts close to Isfahan in winter. Sofeh Mountain also makes for a good one-day hiking destination.
Persian Dishes Available in Isfahan City
Kabab, Beryani, Kaleh Joosh, and Kashke Bademjan are some of the most famous Isfahan city dishes. You can learn more about available words in Isfahan City and where to taste them in Iranian cuisine.
The most famous Iranian desserts and sweets in Isfahan City are Gaz, Gushefil, and Pashmak. They are also a good choice for a souvenir. You can get your hands on them at Naghshe-Jahan (Imam) Square. Also, Khurusht Most is a kind of Iranian dessert served only in some restaurants of Isfahan City, such as Jam Neshin restaurant on Dastjerdi Highway and Khansalar restaurant on Cheharbagh Boulevard. Also, in Isfahan City, you might want to try the famous Haj Mirza Tea House in Ahangaran Bazaar (blacksmiths market). This is one of the oldest tea houses in the city, and the interior is fashioned with ancient artifacts and paintings, making the atmosphere so rusty and nostalgic.
Souvenirs of Isfahan City
This historic city of Iran is famous for the skills of its artisans. Copper vases, containers, and utensils are the most famous. Rugs and cloth, vitreous enamel, toreutics, and Khatam are what can show you the
brilliance and the skills of Isfahan craftspeople.
Gaz, Pulaki, and Pashmak are some of Isfahan City’s most famous edible souvenirs. You can get on these in the grand bazaar and Naghshe-Jahan (Imam) Square.