When you asked when the best time to travel to Iran is, Iranians respond “When isn’t the best time?”
To be honest, that is mostly true. Iran’s climate is curious. The world’s 17th largest country, Iran is both wide and long, meaning it boasts a variety of climates. Generally, the best time to visit Iran is during the spring and autumn.
The climate varies greatly in different regions of Iran, but there are particularly cold winters and very high temperatures (around 40 ° C) during the summer, between June and August. Rainfall is more frequent in the north and west. The most pleasant periods to visit the country are between April and June, then between September and November, avoiding extreme temperatures.
No visit to Iran is complete without a desert experience. The deserts of Kerman and Yazd are particularly interesting locations to visit in fall, especially for stargazers who want to get a clean look at the Milky Way.
Make sure to visit Lut Desert and the adjacent Shahdad Desert; the former is a World Heritage Site and the latter – which is a part of Lut – is one of the hottest spots on the planet and rarely seen by western tourists.
Fall is probably the best time to visit central Iran, particularly Isfahan and Shiraz; two incredibly historical cities with a combined 7 world heritage sites in or around them.