Visit the miniscule oasis village of Garmeh, surrounded by date palms and centered around a small spring. Don’t expect any fancy hotels, but as a chance to experience the profound quiet of the desert, it’s second to none.
Get up close to virgin coral and colorful marine life in the waters off Qeshm Island in the south. Nearby Kish Island is another good option for scuba enthusiasts – the diving school offers a range of PADI courses.
The bridges that cross Esfahan’s Zayandeh River wouldn’t look out of place in a book of fairytales. Many date back to the golden era of the 1600s – the 33-arched Si O Seh Bridge is unmissable, while the similarly majestic Khaju Bridge is split over two levels.
There’s literally no better place in the world to find an authentic Persian rug, and throughout city bazaars you’ll find no shortage of different vendors. Throw yourself into the experience – take tea, choose a favorite and barter with a smile.