Spectacular Places to Cycle in Iran
Don’t think that traveling to Iran is limited to visiting historical monuments and mosques because there’s also plenty of adventure. A bike tour puts you right in the heart of the scenic landscapes and local culture, and connects you with the people. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just enjoy a leisurely pedal, grab your bike, and check out our list of the most spectacular places to cycle in Iran.
■ Kish Island
At only 91 sq km, Kish Island in the Persian Gulf is easily explored on bike. Even better are the paths that have been marked around the island, making it convenient and safe for visitors to ride at their leisure. Rentals are available, and you can choose your own wheels whether it’s a bike or scooter. Days can get hot, but biking along the coast in the
afternoon with the views of the clear, blue waters is a lovely way to enjoy this island.
■ Qeshm Island
Qeshm has some of the most pristine, untouched nature in Iran, and though it’s the largest of the Persian Gulf islands, cycling gives you the opportunity to explore it all. Throughout the 270 km, you’ll pass all the highlights like Valley of the Stars, the salt cave, and Hara Forest all in the company of scenic beaches (and sometimes herds of camel who also come to enjoy the views). Due to its hot, humid weather, the best time for cycling is in the winter.
■ Maranjab Desert
Located about 60 km northeast of Kashan, Maranjab is one of Iran’s most beautiful deserts and a great place to cycle. The diverse flora and fauna have made it among the most popular destinations with adventurers, along with attractions such as the salt lake and wandering island, which gets its name because it’s only visible during the rainy season. You’ll experience the magic of the desert on the dirt roads and sand dunes, some as high as 70 m.enjoy a campfire and evening in the 17th century caravanserai.