Travellers don't rush to the gate! With 300,000 Western tourists registered, including nearly 20,000 French in the years following the lifting of sanctions, Iran is not among the most popular destinations in the world... It is both a chance and a mistake! A chance inasmuch as you will not live in Iran one of those overrated, rushed and quickly forgotten stays. It is also a mistake, because the country, with its culture three thousand years old, literally loves the one who sticks to it. It is impossible to remain insensitive to the beauty of the landscapes and to this extraordinary ancient, artistic and religious heritage, without forgetting what never fails to seduce visitors: the extraordinary hospitality of the Iranian people.
A country of reliefs :
Carrier of a rare energy, Iran is shaking on its bases, as if shaken by the incredible telluric forces shaking its subsoil. A splendid country of high plateaus and mountains (including Mount Damavand, which rises to 5,671 m), bordered by the Caspian Sea to the north and the Persian Gulf to the south, Iran offers an extraordinary variety of landscapes. What a contrast when crossing the natural barrier of the Alborz range, between the semi-arid areas and the subtropical Caspian coast! The steppes and infinite spaces of the northeast, towards Gorgan and Machhad, recall the proximity of neighbouring Turkmenistan and Central Asia. With nearly a third of the area covered by the deserts of Dasht-e Kavir and Kavir-e Lut, sand, dunes and gravel also stretch their expanse as infinite to the gates of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Finally, sharing 1,460 km of borders with Iraq, Iran borders the other key historical player in the region, the cradle of ancient Mesopotamia.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette