Hidden in the corners of Iran, some of the most unique traditional villages are located. The historic villages in Iran each have their own special landscapes, cultures, customs and colorful clothing. Tourists planning to travel to Iran shall definitely come across some of these wonderful locations with its welcoming people, let’s go ahead and get to know some of the most famous historic villages in Iran.
Located in the Isfahan province, the village of Abyaneh with an age of around 2500 years is one of the oldest historical villages in Iran. Mostly built with iconic red bricks, this wonderfully built village is fabulous to view. The Abyaneh Village is home to one of the oldest Zoroastrian Fire Temples dating back to around 400 BC and an 11th century historical mosque. Wondering through the ancient alleys of Abyaneh, tourists will be able to view an array of carvings and designs on the wooden doors of the traditional homes.
A historic architectural masterpiece, the village of Masouleh is located in the northern region of Iran, in the province of Gilan, near the Caspian Sea. The village was built around a thousand years ago on a mountain slope in a way that the roof of each house serves as the courtyard of the home above. Narrow and sometimes steep alleys are laid through the village where nowadays below a thousand people live and mainly are busy creating and selling colorful souvenirs to the hundreds of tourists that travel to Masouleh every day. Travelers will be able to sit in some cosy traditional cafes in the village and enjoy the amazing landscape and the beautiful colored clothes of the locals.
Recognized as a UNESCO world Heritage site, the ancient village of Meymand features homes carved into the rocky mountains from over three thousand years ago. Located in the Kerman province, each house resembles a cave that even now is inhabited by friendly locals who for generations have passed on their homes and rumor has it that many of their ancestors are buried inside these homes. Tourists will be able to stroll through Meymand and even visit some of the homes to get a real feel of the location. For guests looking to spend the night, a hotel built into the rocks is also available.
Named in Persian after the resemblance to a beehive, the Kandovan Village is located near the city of Tabriz. This village is one of the most unique in the world where homes have been carved into rocky hills that according to scientists were one day created from volcanic eruptions. A stunning landscape surrounds this amazing village that guests will be able to enjoy the views from their rooms in the unique Kandovan Rocky Hotel. The current population of this 8th century village is estimated to be under a thousand that mostly spend their days catering to the thousands of local and international tourists traveling to the village every week.
Tourists planning a tour to Iran should not miss a chance to experience these unique historic villages and should definitely request them to be added on their Iran travel itinerary.