These rock houses are still occupied today – at the 2006 census, the village had a population of around 600Dizin, established in 1969, is the most popular ski resort in Iran.The ski season here runs from December to May – longer than European resorts because of its high altitude (3,600 m, making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world)The port city of Bandar Abbas is capital of Hormozgān Province on the southern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf.Mount Damāvand is the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East.
Iran made it on to the top destination lists of major publications such as The Financial Times and The Guardian in 2015 thanks to sights that include 2,500-year-old ruins at Persepolis near Shiraz and 16th-century Islamic architectural gems in Isfahan.
In this gallery, IBTimes UK presents 30 photos of beautiful sights that should be on every itinerary.
British Airways is set to resume direct flights to Iran, running six round trip flights per week with more flights scheduled to be added later this year.
Some sanctions against Iran were lifted earlier this year as part of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Visitors may be surprised to discover the riches the country has to offer, including ancient ruins, pristine beaches and popular ski resorts.
Leafy streets, hand-painted tiling and the famous Islamic architecture are unparalleled by any other Iranian city, centred around the magnificent Unesco-listed Naghsh-e Jahan Square.