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Tourist Attractions of Iran

Due to its historical background and sustainable social and cultural evolution, has a lot of diverse worth seeing sites that satisfy tourists with different tastes. Every tourist, whatever his/her incentive, may find many spectacular places depending on his taste. It should not be forgotten that the best way for the recognition of every country is direct contact with its people. Iranians are famous for their hospitality, compassion, and generosity. It is easily possible to visit Iranians' homes, being slightly acquainted with them and become familiar with their life style, attitudes, livelihood, and many of their characteristics.

Historical monuments, which belong to different periods of human settlement in the plateau of Iran, along with diverse natural, coastal, mountainous, and nomadic landscapes, make a coordinated and attractive combination for every tourist.
The ancient Iranian culture, which is reflected in historical and architectural heritage, has brought about many sites worth seeing. The culture of today's Iran is a perfect aggregate of near and far past of this, territory and everybody can satisfy intellectual and aesthetic needs according to his/her taste through visiting this wide and rich country.
The existing historical monuments in Persepolis, Pas-sargad, Susa, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Firoozabad, Syraf and many other ancient centers of Iranian civilization are incentives enough for visiting this coun-try. The natural environment of Iran, with more than 2,800 kilometers of coastline and water borders as well as the high mountains of Alborz and Zagross, sup-plies high recreational and tourism potentials. The shores of the Caspian Sea in the north and the coasts of the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman in the south are suitable places as recreational resort in summer and winter. The islands of the Persian Gulf-Kish, Qeshm, and Hormoz with suitable shores and beaches as well as pleasant sunshine may be used for vacations even in winters. There are daily and regular flights to this region from several parts of the country as well as suitable accommodation facilities. Moreover, these islands are easily acces-sible through waterways by different types of ships and boats as well as by airplane.
The mountains and mountain slopes in Iran, along with economic value for nomads for grazing of their sheep, serves as summer residence of urban dwellers as well as suitable places for winter and mountain sports.
One of the most important recreational and natural attractions of Iran is the thermal springs and shores of Orumiyeh Lake and its sludge, which are famous for their therapeutic characteristics. Orumiyeh Lake, covering an area of 4-6 thousand square kilometers (depending on dry and rainy seasons), with its long shores and very high salinity (30%), is one of the important recreational and sludge therapy centers of the country, which is not used very much.
Bathing in the thermal springs of the region as well as the sludge of these springs, which is called water/sludge therapy, has its own place in medicalscience. This lake and its islands, which are totally categorized as a National Park by the Department of the Environment, are the habitats of several species of wildlife both éndemic and migratory, and unique from natural environment point of view. Therefore, Orumiyeh Lake National Parkis a unique ahd valuable eco-tourism potential, which can be visited by interested people,
The desert regions of Iran have their own tourism attractions, which are very interesting. These regions, which were the passing place of merchant caravans between eastern and western of Iran in past time, encompass the remains of hundreds of old caravansaries and water storage. The natural landscape of Kavir (desert), with running sands, stone plains, salty lands, salt rivers, scattered large and small oases, totally supply a dry but attractive nature which is very spectacular.

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