Yazd is one of the rare places in the world where you can taste the still alive and dominant flavor of a civilization that has flourished for millennia. Located in terrain and more arid and forbidding than the deserts of Nevada, this oasis is still breathing and shining thanks mostly to the very unique and sophisticated technology invented by the Persian people sometime in the early first millennium BC to guarantee not only a reliable supply of water, but also a sustainable peace between the people of different areas and/or different religions.

Weather

Influenced by Mid-latitude Dry Arid (Desert) climate, Yazd has hot sunny days most of the days in a year. During June the temperature would rise to approach 40℃. During winter, however, you would experience cool days and freezing nights and should be ready for fog. The whole spring and the whole autumn would be the perfect times to enjoy the moderate weather of this city. As a reminder, it is not much recommended to travel in Iran during the second half of March (which is the period of Iranian New Year holidays) as nearly whole the country except the capital might be disturbingly crowded.

Yazd weather | Yazd Travel Guide

Iran, Yazd The City Of Windcatchers

Local Transportation

Although the most of the sights of Yazd and especially those located in the old town are very easily accessible by walking, you would be able to take a taxi or bus to almost any destination with very cheap prices.

The point to take taxis is the same in the whole country; just wave your hand for a taxi and negotiate and deal with the driver for a fair price before getting on. It is highly recommended to ask your hotel to help, however.

Read alsoIran Travel Guide: Transportation by Bus

Taxi | Iran | Yazd Travel Guide

Yellow Cabs in Iran

Where to Stay

Regardless of your budget, you would have a hard time to choose among the very various and interesting places for your residence in this city. Your options would be from very cheap and cozy hostels and eco-lodges to fancy palace-like hotels. You can find more details about Yazd hotels in 1stQuest and also book your hotel online. Here are some few top-rated ones for each budget level:

“Cheap ones”

Yazd RestUp Hostel

RestUp Hostel is actually a 17th century house located in the middle of the old city and just close to the Jame Mosque.

You would pay 15-22 EUR for each person per night.

Read alsoExotic Hotels in Iran

RestUp Hostel, Yazd | Yazd Travel Guide

RestUp Hostel, Yazd

Nartitee Ecolodge

If you are an eco-tourist, which means that it is important that your travel be responsible to natural areas that conserve the environment and improves the welfare of local people, eco-lodges might be your best choice to stay in. Located between Taft and Yazd, Nartitee can be reached from Yazd very easily in half an hour by buses run every 20 minutes. There is no bed but bedclothes, a sheet, a blanket and a pillow all in covered in a wrapper (chador shab) for every person.

Book Nartitee ecolodge online.

Nartitee Ecolodge, Yazd | Yazd Travel Guide

Nartitee Ecolodge, Yazd

Kohan Hotel

Kohan Hotel is another old house with a beautiful courtyard. The rooftop view is outstanding and there is a Qanat room there to explore.

The minimum cost of staying here for a single person would be around 24 EUR per night.

Kohan Hotel, Yazd | Yazd Travel Guide

Kohan Hotel, Yazd

“Midrange”

Dad Hotel

Dad Hotel is an 80-year old hotel serving you with all one might expect from a 4-star traditional hotel.

Book Dad hotel online with great rates at 1stQuest.

Hotel Dad, Yazd | Yazd Travel Guide

Dad Hotel, Yazd

Moshir al-Mamalek Garden Hotel

Moshir al-Mamalek Garden Hotel is another 4-star hotel located in the old place of Moshir Garden remained from the Qajar Era.

Single: 73 EUR; Double: 92 EUR; Triple: 116 EUR; Four beds: 132 EUR.

Moshir al-Mamalek Garden Hotel | Yazd Travel Guide

Moshir al-Mamalek Garden Hotel, Yazd

Where to Eat and Drink

It would not be hard at all to find quality food with an outstanding and friendly vibe in this city. It would be up to you whether you would like your food be served on table or eat while seated on the ground feeling the priceless Persian carpet beneath your naked feet.

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Talaryazd (Yazd Hall)

Talaryazd is most recommended if you want to eat very good quality Iranian typical dishes with fair prices.

Yazd Hall | Yazd Travel Guide

Talar Yazd, on of the best restaurant in Yazd

Cafe Honar

After hours of walking in the maze of Yazd’s winding lanes, a cup of tea or coffee on the roof of Café Honar is so much recommended to refresh you watching the excellent view of the city you would have there.

Honar Cafe, Yazd | Yazd Travel Guide

Inside of Honar Cafe, Yazd

Panhandeh Lentil Café

You would find your life’s most delicious lentil soup in this café located in the middle of Yazd’s traditional bazaar. The soups are usually sold out before 11:00 AM.

Read Also: Everything You Need to Know about Car Rental in Iran

Panhandeh Lentil Café, Yazd | Yazd Travel Guide

Kind of soup called Adasi, Panhandeh Lentil Café, Yazd

What to Eat and Drink

Besides some very special and tasty stews like Gheime-Nokhod, Beh-Aloo, and Ghalie Kadoo, Yazd is one of potage (Aash) capitals of the world. Among the various and plenty potages you might taste here, like Wheat Potage, Plum Potage, Verjuice Potage, Mung Bean Potage, and Pomegranate Potage, Shooli is the most popular in a way that can be considered as the flag of this province’s kitchen!

Iranian Ash | Yazd Travel Guide

Āsh (Persian: آش‎) is part of the cuisine of Iranian, Azerbaijani, Caucasian, and Turkish meals.

The above, however, would not be the whole story about the tastes you might experience here! You can hardly find an Iranian traveling to Yazd, missing the very tasty and fresh Qottabs; an almond-filled deep-fried Iranian cuisine pastry, prepared with flour, almonds, powdered sugar, vegetable oil, and cardamom.

Read Also: A Travelers’ Guide to Vegetarian Iranian Food

Where to Shop

Among all the big malls and small boutiques you might find in every corner of this city, three places would be most recommended if you do not want to miss to shop the things you might hardly find anywhere other than Yazd:

Yazd Traditional Bazaar

With its very amazing architecture, Yazd Bazaar would be an interesting place to wander and shop by which you would feel the pulse of this outstanding city.

Yazd Traditional Bazaar | Yazd Travel Guide

Yazd Bazaar is one of the oldest traditional bazaars in the world

Silk Road Gallery

This place would be the right choice to buy the unique handicrafts of Yazd Province. You would enjoy the various carpets and kilims being exhibited here providing nice moments and plenty of choices for your shopping.

Silk Road Gallery | Yazd Travel Guide

Silk Road Gallery: The Amazing Carpet Gallery, Yazd

Haj Khalifeh Rahbar

Haj Khalifeh Rahbar is among the most well-known shops of Iran to buy tasty sweets. It is a family business currently being run by the third generation.

Haj Kalifeh Ali Rahbar | Yazd Travel Guide

Haj Kalifeh Ali Rahbar, The most popular place to buy Yazd’s famous sweets

Things to Buy

The popularity and famousness of Yazd typical souvenirs would not let you provide any excuses not to take and bring any. In addition to the carpets and Kilims which you can find in any corners of Iran with that region unique style, here are the things that cannot be presented without reminding the name of their origin, Yazd: Termeh, a hand-woven cloth, the very fine woven silk textiles called Dastmal-Yazdi, and of course the sweets.

Termeh | Things to Buy | Yazd Travel Guide

Termeh (Persian: ترمه‎) is a type of Iranian handwoven cloth, produced primarily in the Yazd province.

Where to Go

This arid provincial capital in central Iran would overwhelm anyone thirsty for authentic beauty. Among all attraction of this city, including the traditional districts, the Qanat system, traditional houses, bazars, hammams, mosques, synagogues, Zoroastrian temples and the historic garden of Dolat-abad. I will try to provide very brief intros and some ideas only; the rest would be up to you to unlock the myths of this eternal civilization by yourself:

Wandering in the Winding Lanes

The traditional districts of Yazd provide the most relaxing and inspiring atmosphere to go in, explore and get lost. It is actually an ancient all-mud city with adobe roofs truly picturing the cities of poems of Hafiz and Rumi. Just put away your map and enjoy being lost in the magic maze of the enchanting lanes.

Cistern in yazd | Yazd Travel Guide

Cistern in Yazd

Masjed-e Jameh

Built in the 15th century, this mosque is believed to be on the site of an earlier fire temple. Like the winding lanes of the city, this building invites the visitors to enjoy wandering and getting lost; this time in the stunning and mesmerizing calligraphy and symbols on its tiles; even the symbols which can be found on Iranian buildings of 5000 BC.

Masjed Jame Yazd | Yazd Travel Guide

Yazd Jame’ Mosque is one of the most marvelous historical monuments

Dowlat Abad Garden

Here is another typical Persian garden which are all the paradises on the earth. Built in 1750, this small pavilion once was the residence of Persian regent, Karim Khan Zand. Like mostly all buildings in the old city of Yazd, you would find a wind catcher (an indigenous form of air‐conditioning); it is big as the size represents the wealth of the building owner.

In spring and autumn, walking and relaxing n this garden would be just like being in a paradise, especially if take your time and order a cup of tea and “Cake Yazdi”!

Dowlatabad Garden Persian garden | Yazd Travel Guide

Built in 1747, the walled complex includes the country’s tallest wind catcher, orchards & fountains.

Atash Bahram Fire Temple (Atashkadeh)

Built-in 1934 with Achaemenid architecture style in brick masonry designed by Indian architects, is the place protecting an eternal flame and would bring peaceful moments for the visitors. The flame is said to have been burning since about AD 470; brought to Ardakan in 1174, then transferred to Yazd in 1474 and to its present site in 1940

Atashkade Bahram | Yazd Travel Guide

Yazd Atash Behram, Yazd, Built in 1934

Water Museum

Located in one of driest areas of the world, this city has gloriously survived for thousands of years thanks to Qanats; a very sophisticated technology for a sustainable water supply. In Yazd Water Museum you would see how this system works and what instruments and techniques have been applied in different periods of history. There are also pictures being exhibited here to demonstrate the processes of building the Qanat tunnels; a very risky job done by brave men wearing burial sheets to show their readiness to die and sacrifice their lives for the sake of bringing life to their village or city.

water museum |‌ | Yazd Travel Guide - Where is Yazd

Yazd water museum was set up in 2000 in the wake of the first international conference on Qanat in Yazd

It is believed that the Qanat system is the key to the existence of Yazd; a civilization survived such long. This system has successfully worked for millennia not only by supplying the people with water but also by bringing peace for them! To develop and maintain the tunnels, people of all the communities near the Qanat need to cooperate. Any war or unrest between them could destroy the infrastructures and then destroy the life of them all. This fact becomes more interesting if you know Former Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami, who introduced the idea of Dialogue Among Civilizations as a response to Samuel P. Huntington’s theory of a Clash of Civilizations, is from Ardakan of Yazd province.

 

By Reza Seyyedain

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