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    • Iran is super safe: Throw out any pre-conceived notion of Iran you might have. The way the media across the western world has painted the picture of Iran is not the real Iran. Iran is a magnificent, mysterious country with a rich history and culture. Go to Iran with an open mind and heart. Iran is one of the safest countries in the world. Wait and see, you’ll soon find yourself letting down your guard much more than you would in most Western countries.

     

     

    • Usually the majority of tourists visit Iran during two periods of time:
      1) from the beginning of March to the end of May, and 2) from the beginning of September to the end of November. A couple of weeks before or after each New Year, there is another wonderful choice to visit Iran.
      Also, the very best time to visit the south of Iran (like Persian Gulf islands and shorelines) is during January and February. The story is different for the lovers of nature who like trekking or skiing. They
      find an extraordinary variety in Iran four seasons a year.

     

    • Bring cash! We know it’s a hassle! But financial sanctions on Iran mean that your Visa and Master cards will not work in the country and you will not be able to cash Travelers Cheques. 
    • It is considered to be highly inappropriate to use the expression "the Gulf" and especially "the Arabian Gulf" when referring to the Persian Gulf. If you do so you may possibly cause deep offense and may encounter some strongly opposing reaction.

     

    • The thumbs up gesture is extremely rude in Iran, roughly equivalent to raising the middle finger in Western countries.

     

    • Hitchhiking is rare in Iran, and the country has a good public transportation system. If you do hitchhike, do not use thumbs up signal.

     

    •  Also, be aware that drivers will generally expect to be paid and, unless you are an expert haggler, hitchhiking will often be more expensive than taking a bus.

     

    • Female travelers will not encounter any problems when visiting Iran. Contrary to popular belief, Iranian women typically differ little from those in the West. In Tehran and several bigger cities Western clothing and formality is accepted but wearing a scarf may be required in most of rural areas. Women by law must wear a headscarf in public. Women are respected across the country.

     

     

    • While in Iran, do not restrict yourself to fast food and Kebab. We recommend you try Fesenjan (a stew of duck, chicken or beef made with ground walnuts and pomegranate paste), Ghorme Sabzi (a stew with lamb or veal with parsley and other herbs, beans and  dried lemons), Shirin Polo (rice and chicken with orange peel, almond and pistachio slivers and saffron), Baghali Polo (rice mixed with broad beans and dill with either veal, lamb or chicken), and Dizi/ Abgoosht (a thick soup with lamb, legumes, potatoes and tomatoes served in a special container.  The soup is poured out into a bowl and the meat and vegetables are pounded.  This meal is eaten with bread).

     

    • The meat usually served in the restaurants is chicken, veal, fish and lamb. Of course, you may find turkey, quail and shrimp too, but no pork, snake, frog, dog or other kinds. They are prohibited to be taken in Islam and this is observed everywhere. The vegetarians can order raw or cooked vegetables in the hotels as well as restaurants. 

     

    • You can buy any kinds of soft non-alcoholic drinks. There are Iranian made drinks as well as international brands served everywhere.

     

    •  People drink tap water. It is filtrated and refined before supplied to them. Water is everywhere and free: bring a re-usable water bottle with you to Iran as there are free water fountains on almost every street corner.

     

    • Street food is really cheap. Perfect backpacker meal in Iran is ash, a thick spinach stew that keeps you full for hours, can be found everywhere and only costs €0.20.
    •  Must-try sweets: where to start – the bazaars in Iran are booming with all sorts of sweets!

     

    • Tea is a common drink even on hot summer days. Iranians usually drink their tea without milk and with rock sugar, cubic sugar or dates.
    • Iranians have different breads such as Sangak, Taftoon, Barbari and Lavash. So be sure to try the bread!

     

    • It is important to be mentioned that there is the month of fasting Ramadan (lunar calendar) that majority of the people observe a fast. There are also two mourning months of Moharram and Safar with different mourning ceremonies.

     

    • Finding medication in Iran is also simple as there are numerous 24/7 pharmacies available throughout the country. Most hospitals also have pharmacies that operate on a round the clock basis.
    • Keep in mind that like most other countries, personal hygiene and sanitary products can be found in most supermarkets and pharmacies in Iran.
    • Iranian traffic might get chaotic, it is recommended that pedestrians be cautious when crossing the roads and streets.

     

    • Download Telegram (the Iranian WhatsApp): Iranians do use WhatsApp, but Telegram is the go-to messenger service. If you want to make staying in touch with your new Iranian friends as smooth as possible, it’s a good idea to download the Telegram Messenger app.

     

    • Toilets are everywhere and free: there’s plenty of public toilets in the bazaars and in the streets, and restaurants generally have no issue lending their toilets esp. to tourists.
    • Iran is squat toilet territory: get ready to exercise those thighs! Squat toilets are widespread in Iran and only fancy hotels and restaurants have western toilets. New private houses often have one of each.
    • Carry toilet paper: make it a habit to carry a roll of toilet paper with you as this is rarely provided outside private homes. Also, instead of a toilet, ask for the WC since this word is more common in Iran.
    • Get a cheat sheet with the numbers in Farsi: Iran doesn’t use the Latin alphabet, so having the numbers from 0-9 written down in the local language, Farsi, is a great help. This way, you’ll be a little less helpless when looking at prices, timetables etc.

    About Us

    The word Persia gives the image of a magical and mysterious land of far away and long ago, of ancient monuments and beautiful works of art – carpets, tiles, fine ceramics and miniatures. It also reminds us of legendary and tragic love stories and epic poems about great wars. And Persia is indeed a world ancient and contemporary, a bridge between heaven and earth. We want to show you around. Discover things to do on your next trip to Iran and plan a trip of your lifetime. Yes, it is that easy! This website gives you the tools to plan your trip to Iran: detailed information on destinations; inspiring ideas on what to see and do in each city; where to stay; where to eat; travel guides and let’s say everything you need so you can dream up a trip to Iran.

    Patrimonito

    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.