Iran Travel Tips 05 Apr 2024 BY Maryam Mahmoudian

13 Best Autumn Destinations in Iran

Are you planning to travel to Iran during Autumn? Are you wondering where are the best places to visit in Iran in the fall? Would you like to add some of the most spectacular autumn destinations in Iran to your travel plan? 

If yes, you are lucky today as we are going to reveal the answer to all of these questions in the following lines. While there are several places to visit in Iran during the fall, we have chosen the 7 best autumn destinations in Iran here.


Top 13 Destinations in Iran to Visit in Autumn

  1. Chabahar City
  2. Qeshm Island
  3. Shushtar City
  4. Chalus Road
  5. Arasbaran Forests
  6. Kashan City
  7. Maranjab Desert
  8. Mesr Desert
  9. Kalut Shahdad Desert
  10. Abyaneh Village
  11. Masuleh Village
  12. Badab-e Sort Natural Site
  13. Tchogha Zanbil Ziggurat


1. Chabahar City


Chabahar is the southernmost city in Iran on the Makran Coast that has a hot desert climate with hot, and humid summers and mild tropical climate in fall and winter. 

There are lots of historical and natural beauty sites in and around Chabahar. So, when planning to travel to Chabahar don’t forget to consider at least a few days to visit as much as possible.

To name a few, Lipar Lagoon, Mud Volcano, Martian or Miniature Mountains, and Hara Forests.

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2. Qeshm Island

Qeshm Island

One of the magnificent areas in Iran is Qeshm Island. This beautiful island with a unique GeoPark in the southern part of Iran is located in the Persian Gulf.

Qeshm Island is home to some of the unique and amazing wildlife and monuments. Also, the culture of its residents is a mixture of Iranian and Arabian cultures due to the fact they are living in the middle of two regions.

If you are interested in visiting some less-seen and remote places, Qeshm Island would be an ideal place for you. The island has beautiful landscapes with a great sandy beach, in addition to the number of attractions.

To name some of the attractions, we can name Chahkooh canyon, Harra Forest, Kharbas caves, Salt caves, and Portuguese Castle.

Join us in our Wonders of Persian Gulf Tour to visit all of these beauties at once.

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3. Shushtar City


Shushtar is a city in the southwest part of Iran, about 90 Km from Ahvaz. The city is famous due to the historical hydraulic system which dates back to the Achaemenid Period in the 5th century when Darius the Great was the ruler of the Persia Empire. 

The entire system with all the items included in it was registered as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO in 2009 and has been referring to as a “masterpiece of creative genius” by UNESCO. 

The main reason for constructing this amazing system was the efficient use of water and sharing the volume of water into the different areas of Shushtar. Even after centuries, some part of the hydraulic system is still working. 

If you would like to visit this amazing construction, and at the same time interested in photography, our Iran West's Photography Tour is the best choice for you.

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4. Chalus Road

Chalus Road

This scenic route, which snakes its way through the Alborz mountain range, is a must-see for autumn enthusiasts. The total length of the road is about 90 kilometers (56 miles). As you drive along the road, you'll be captivated by the colorful foliage and breathtaking mountain vistas. The road is particularly popular among cyclists and hikers, who come to enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air. The best time to visit Chalus Road for fall foliage is typically from late October to mid-November.

During autumn, the most enchanting feature of Chalus Road is the lively array of colors embellishing the mountains. Picture a picturesque journey where you're encompassed by blazing reds, gleaming yellows, and juxtaposed greens during the changing season.


5. Arasbaran Forests

Arasbaran Forests

Located in northwestern Iran, on the border with Azerbaijan, the Arasbaran Forests are a haven for nature lovers. The forests boast a diverse range of plant and animal life, and are a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In the fall, the Arasbaran Forests come alive with a kaleidoscope of colors, as the leaves of the trees change from green to yellow, orange, and red. The presence of numerous rivers and streams adds another layer of charm to the Arasbaran Forests. Imagine listening to the gurgling water while surrounded by the colorful autumn scenery. If you're looking for a place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, the Arasbaran Forests are the perfect destination.

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6. Kashan City

Kashan City

Kashan is a beautiful city located in central Iran, known for its historical sites and traditional houses. The city is located in a fertile oasis, and is surrounded by mountains. Kashan has a long and rich history, and was once an important center for trade and commerce. The city's most famous attraction is Fin Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fin Garden is a beautiful example of Persian architecture and design, and is a popular spot for tourists.

The beauty of Kashan's gardens and courtyards isn't limited to spring and summer; they undergo a breathtaking transformation in the fall, becoming a dazzling array of colors. Envision the traditional houses standing out against the vivid foliage, crafting a picturesque scene.

The vicinity of Kashan is speckled with vineyards. Autumn heralds the harvest season, a festive period in the city. Engage deeply with the local culture and observe the age-old traditions associated with grape harvesting.

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Deserts of Iran

Deserts of Iran

There are two major deserts and some smaller and touristic ones in Iran. Here are the most visited deserts that you will enjoy visiting in fall.


7. Maranjab Desert in Isfahan

Maranjab Desert in Isfahan

Isfahan is one of the most popular cities in Iran for its historical sites. However, there are lots of natural attractions around the city as well. 

For instance, the Maranjab Desert which is near Aran Va Bidgol city of Isfahan Province. 

You can enjoy visiting Shah Abbasi Caravanserai and Dastkan pit at this desert in Iran. 

You will defiantly enjoy walking on the golden sands, or just laying down and gazing at the crystal clear sky of the desert.

By the way, you can stay at the Shah Abbasi Caravanserai or eco-camp in the desert at night.

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8. Mesr Desert

Mesr Desert

This charming desert is located near the village ‘Mesr’ in Isfahan Province. Known as the Sand Sea of the Desert, it is one of the most popular deserts in Iran.

There are lots of things to do in Mesr Desert, including biking, camel riding, and desert hiking of course. 

At nights, you can stare at the shiny stars in the wide and gorgeous sky. Do not worry about finding accommodation, since there are suitable places in the villages near the desert for overnight stays.

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9. Kalut Shahdad Desert

Kalut Shahdad Desert

Kerman is another city for touring during fall and winter in Iran. It is also home to lots of Iran’s national attractions. 

The outstanding attraction of Kerman is, however, its Kalut Shahdad Desert. These spectacular Kaluts, which are scientifically known as yardangs, are the beautiful strange shapes resulting from water and wind erosion of sands more than 20 thousand years ago in the heart of the Loot Desert. 

You can enjoy staying overnight in one of the camps in Shahdad.

Would you like to visit these amazing deserts in Iran? Please check out Desert Charm Tour for more information.


10. Abyaneh Village

Abyaneh Village

If you are traveling to Isfahan from Kashan or Tehran by car it would be a great idea to spend a few hours in Abyaneh Village

The most significant point about this village is the color of the building. Because of the red clay used in the material of construction, it is also known as the “Red Village”.

The architecture of the village is interesting too since the roof of a house is used to be the courtyard of the other house which is built on a higher level. In some areas of the village, there are up to four houses on top of each other.

In the local language it is also named “Viuna”, “Vi” means willow tree, and Viuna is the place full of this type of tree. This is because the village used to have lots of willow trees.

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11. Masuleh Village

Masuleh Village

Masuleh Village is located 55 kilometers from the city of Rasht in the northern part of Iran. The village is located in a mountainous and forest area on a rocky slope. It is one of the most charming parts of Iran, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. 

This historic and tourist city is known for its unique architecture in the world. The enclosures in front of the houses and roofs are both used as sidewalks. The architecture of this place is so dense that there is no place for the construction of broad streets.

Bazaar of Masuleh is one of the tourist attractions in Gilan Province. One of the most prominent features of this market is its formation on four completely separate and independent levels of each other, which has been effective in the construction of shops. 

Tourists can buy Masuleh crafts, souvenirs, and traditional items from this bazaar. What makes visiting Masuleh more interesting is the great food in this area.

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12. Badab-e Soort Natural Site

Badab-e Sort

One of the must-see places in Iran, especially for those who have an interest in geology is the Badab-e Surt, which is located in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran, about 100 kilometers south of the city of Sari

The area consists of golden, orange, and red stepped terraces of sedimentary rock, formed by deposits of minerals carried from nearby hot springs. The two springs of the travertine landscape are said to have medicinal properties, and the glistening flats are amongst the most photogenic sites in Iran. 

To take a wonderful picture of this amazing natural wonder, we highly suggest having a visit to the place early in the morning or at the sunset.


13. Tchogha Zanbil Ziggurat

Tchogha Zanbil Ziggurat

It is believed that the ziggurat of Tchogha Zanbil is the largest and the best-preserved one with this architecture. The complex listed as the first Iranian site in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979.

The complex consists of an enormous ziggurat, which is believed to be the home to priests and servants. There are 3 walls around the ziggurat to protect the main building and help you identified the main town. 

The ziggurat has a 105-meter length on each side and about 25-meter height in 5 levels and was crowned with a temple.

If you have enough reasons to visit Iran, you can book any of our tailored Iran tour packages to Travel to Iran or send us an inquiry to customize a package for you.

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Autumn Fruits in Iran

Autumn Fruits in Iran

As summer's heat fades in Iran, autumn ushers in a delightful harvest season. The air cools, leaves turn fiery, and trees overflow with a bounty of delicious fruits. Pomegranates, known as anar in Farsi, are a jewel of the autumn season in Iran. Their jewel-like red color reflects the changing leaves, and their sweet-tart flavor is a refreshing treat, especially at Yalda night.

But autumn in Iran offers a wider cornucopia than just pomegranates. Tehran's bustling markets and street vendors transform into a feast for the senses. Alongside pomegranates, you'll find crisp apples, juicy pears, and fragrant persimmons. Look out for Aloo khaki (آلو خاکی), a fuzzy-skinned delight with a sweet and tangy flavor. Don't miss the chance to sample figs while they're at their peak. For a touch of citrus, seek out tangelos and mandarins, a juicy and refreshing contrast to the autumnal hues.  This explosion of fruits makes autumn in Tehran, and all of Iran, a true delight for food lovers and anyone seeking a taste of the season.

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Final Takeaway

While Iran's spring and summer splendor are undeniable, autumn unveils a hidden magic that will leave you spellbound. From the fiery hues adorning the mountainscapes to the vibrant transformations in historic cities, atumn in Iran offers a unique and unforgettable travel experience. So, ditch the usual expectations and discover the captivating beauty of Iran's autumn! Enjoy these 10 must-visit destinations for fall in Iran.

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