Shiraz  (شیراز) is the capital city of Fars province and a treasure trove of Persian culture. It is also the former capital of Iran, during the Zand dynasty's era (1747-79), and also the celebrated birthplace of the great Persian poets Hafiz and Saadi. It is also been said to be the origin of one of the best wines in the world called Syrah. The city has a population of about 1,300,000.
Shiraz has a hot semi-arid climate with large temperature differences between winter and summer. Despite being at the same latitude as Cairo and central Florida, Shiraz features quite chilly winters and the average low temperatures is -0.4°C (31.3°F), while afternoons remain cool at about 12°C (53°F). Cold waves don't usually dip that south in the country, but nighttime lows can occasionally fall below -5°C (23°F). The record low is -14°C (6°F). Most precipitation also falls between November and April, mostly in the form of rain as snowfalls are very uncommon. Summers on the other hand, can become hot, but not to the extend of cities such as Ahvaz or Bandar Abbas. Temperatures usually range from 36°C-38°C (97°F-100°F) to 19°C-21°C (67°F-70°F). The record high is 43°C (109°F) and above 40°C (104°F) can be expected during heat waves.
- Shiraz International Airport (IATA: SYZ) (ICAO: OISS) has regular flights to all major and some smaller cities in Iran. There are International flights to Istanbul, Dubai, Sharjah, Kuwait, Doha: Turkish Airlines operating daily direct flight from Istanbul to Shiraz and vice versa; Qatar Airways flies 4 times a week (on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) from Doha to Shiraz and vice versa; Air Arabia operates Daily Flight between Sharjah (UAE) and Shiraz; Iran Aseman Airlines Flies once a week (on Fridays) from Shiraz to Muscat and vice versa; several daily flights are available between Shiraz and Dubai operating by Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines and Fly Dubai; there are some weekly Flights between Shiraz and Kuwait City; BoraJet is planning to fly between Istanbul and Shiraz and Fly Baghdad will operate a weekly flight (on Tuesdays) between Najaf (Iraq) and Shiraz soon; there are some charter weekly flights between Antalya (with an hour stop in Adana) and Shiraz operating by Freebird Airlines. These charter flights usually operated from mid-March until late September.
As the metro have not reached the Dastgheib roundabout there is a shuttle bus running from Namazi to the airport. Number is 110 and runs about every 15th minutes. Number 120 (minibus with yellow stripe and approximately 10 seats, located at the outside of the Namazi roundabout/first platform of the bus station) also runs from Namazi on the main street through Shiraz to the airport. Price is 10000 Real.
Shiraz is well connected to most parts of the country by bus. The main Karandish bus terminal is 4 km from the city center.
Buses to Yazd take 6 hours; to Isfahan it is 7 hours. Prices vary as there are different companies and different types of buses. A standard bus to Yazd may cost IRR220,000. There are two kinds of VIP buses: one with 24 seats (IRR350,000), one with 36 seats (IRR250,000). To Isfahan IRR360,000 for a VIP bus. Information: Jan 2017
Motorways connect the city to Isfahan, Kerman, Bushehr, Ahvaz and Yasouj, and Bandar-e Abbas is reachable by highway.
Shiraz Train station has recently been finished and there are Trains to Tehran but not to Esfahan (Oct 2015). However, the bus journey is shorter (2hrs less), so that might be recommended. There is a connecting bus from the train station to GhasroDasht bus and metro station. Price in Aug. 2015 was 10,000 rial for single ticket.
There is a tourist information on the main boulevard a bit west of the palace. They speak English and can give helpful tips and have English maps.
For non-Iranian visitors, taxis are probably the most convenient mean of transport. There is not a lot of room for haggling as prices are more or less fixed. Ask locals who take taxis about what the price should be and agree with the driver before you get into the car.
If an unmarked car stops while you are hailing a taxi, don't be alarmed. Many taxis in Shiraz are unmarked and also as a means to supplement their income, is not uncommon to find private car owners touting themselves as taxis.
However it is always good to find a taxi through a reputable "telephone taxi" agency. For a set fee, drivers of these agencies will take passengers to their destination, drive them around town and also wait for them while they shop or run errands. All hotels and local residents will have a phone number of one these agencies. There are also taxis driven by women that specifically cater to women passengers.
The city also has a reasonable bus service.
Shiraz metro is operating with a single line between Shahid Dastgheyb (next to airport) and Ehsan stations. Single ticket costs 5000 rials and a train every 15 minutes
Dont hesitate to talk to people, especially educated youths. Almost all of them speak English well enough to talk to you, answer your questions and chat with you. They're all very welcoming and like getting into conversation with you. Some of them might even invite you to be their guest.
Interior of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Note: As of January 2016, all government-administered sights (mausoleums, Persepolis, most gardens, ...) apply a discriminatory fee of 20,000 or 15,000 Tomans for foreigners vs 3,000 Tomans for Iranians. No combination card available either.
- Hafez Tomb - Mausoleum of Hafez- Hafez (1324-1391), the greatest master of Persian lyric poetry and the literary giant of the 14th century in the west and central Asia, was born in Shiraz, lived all his life here, sang its praises in unsurpassed verse and was buried in a garden known after him as the Hafezieh, in the northeast part of the city. The extraordinary popularity and the wide appeal of this great poet among all Persian-speaking people make his tomb a cherished placed, visited by all. This mausoleum too was rebuilt in the early 50’s. A flight of stone steps reaches to the tomb under a tiled cupola resembling a dervish’s hat. The tombstone is beautifully inscribed with two of Hafez’s poems or Ghazals. Visitors to the tomb can still, as they have done for centuries, take the omens, or faals, by picking a page at random from a volume of Hafez, kept for this purpose. Entry 200,000 rials for foreigners. Overpriced.
- Saadi Tomb - Mausoleum of Saadi: Here lie the earthly remains of one of Iran’s greatest poets-Sa’di. Even from the very early days after the poet’s death, the mausoleum of Sa’di became a place of pilgrimage to lovers of poetry and literature. In 1808 AD Karim Khan Zand renovated the mausoleum. The tomb was rebuilt in the early 50’s. The porch with its tall columns of pinkish marble is a traditional feature of Iranian architecture.
- Arg of Karim Khan - formerly a prison, but now an architectural wonder on exhibit. The design of the citadel combines military and residential architecture, for it was the home of Karim Khan and the military centre of the dynasty. Tile works depicting legendary tales were added at the entrance gate of the citadel during the Qajar period.
- Afif abad Garden (Bagh-e-afifabad) - a garden and houses owned by the Ghavami family. It contains a former royal mansion, a historical weapons museum, and a Persian garden that is one of the oldest gardens in Shiraz, all open to the public.
- Eram Garden (Bagh-e-eram) - This beautiful complex contains a vast network of gardens, as well as a colorful palace and a system of small artificial rivers flowing throughout the entire area. Tourists can admire the wonderful flora or follow the little canals' intricate system. Make sure the weather is sunny before coming here! Entrance fee: IRR 200,000 for foreigners; IRR 30,000 for Iranians (although I observed many going in without paying). Not worth the money.
- Narangestan Qavam (Bagh-e-naranjestan)is both traditional and historical house, It was built in the mid-to-late 19th century by Mirza Ibrahim Khan. The Qavam "Naranjestan" preserves the elegance and refinement enjoyed by the upper class families during the 19th century. The mirrored porch was a focal point of the house, overlooking onto gardens lined with date palms and flowers.The house today is a museum open to the public.
- Delgosha Garden (Bagh-e-delgosha)
- Nasir al-Mulk Mosque it was built during the Qājār era, the mosque has extensively colored glass in its facade, and other traditional elements such as panj kāseh-i (five concaves) in its design. Best to go in the morning for the colorful shades. Entry 150,000 rials for foreigners.
- Vakil Mosque was built between 1751 and 1773, during the Zand period; however, it was restored in the 19th century during the Qajar period where its exuberant floral decorative tiles date from.
- Vakil Bath - An old public bath.
- Vakil Bazaar - has beautiful courtyards, caravansarais, bath houses, and old shops where hundreds of vendor are housed, which makes it deemed among the best places in Shiraz to buy all kinds of Persian rugs, spices, copper handicrafts and antiques.
- Saray-e-Moshir - a caravansary at the south entrance of Bazaar Vakil, which now functions as exhibition space for Iranian handicrafts.
- Shah Cheragh - Highly recommended. Seyed Amir Ahmad, known as Shah-e Cheragh, the brother of Imam Reza, came to Shiraz in the latter half of the 8th century. He passed away in the city and his tomb is now a respected place of pilgrimage. The structure, tile work and the dome of the mausoleum have been rebuilt several times over the centuries. The tomb, the beautiful silver doors and the exquisite mirror work are the handicrafts of masters and contemporary artists of Shiraz. Entrance is free and english speaking guide is available for foreigners. The guides are volunteers and operate free of charge.
- Seyed Taj-e-din Gharib Tomb
- Qor'an Gate (Dar vazeh Quran) - the city's main entrance. The original gate was built as an ornamental decoration by the Buwwayhids (Buwayhid dynasty) about 1000 years ago, but this was replaced 60 years ago by new gate, which is considered one of the finest architectural designs in Iran and has won numerous awards. From the the gate walk up the stone stairways to enjoy picturesque and panoramic views of Shiraz. The tomb of Khajooyeh Kermanee, a famous poet is also located here. Hidden in the alleys on the hill-side are numerous restaurants that serve the finest chelo kabob. It is an excellent place for picnics and taking photographs. It's easily reachable when coming back from Persepolis as it is on the main highway going north.
- Nomad tour - nomad life style is one of the most intact and pure life style which has been remain from Old Persia, still there are some groups of nomads who live around the country. In Fars Province Qashqai Nomad (Persian:قشقایی) are the main group of nomads in Fars Province which contains several groups. They live in the northern region of this province (such as in Eqlid) during hot times of the year and they migrate to the southern part of province (such as Firouzabad) as soon as the weather gets cold. The only or the main nomad tour operator is "Qashqai Nomads Society Institute" or in Persian "موسسه جامع بنیان عشایر قشقایی" to experience nomads' life style and local food and drinks. This tour can hold from morning till evening (Local meals are included). In two days tour tourists can sleep in nomads tent over night. You are very lucky if a nomad wedding would be hold during your visit.
- Bazm village-this village is Located near Bavanat town and this is a tourist village where you can stay in local houses,in nomads tents, to experience Local Life style or to have Local meals.
Retail stores usually open between 09:00 and 13:00, reopening again from 17:00 to 21:00. It is customary to haggle for a discount, which is referred to as a takhfeef.
- Bazaar Vakeel - a huge ancient bazaar specializing in fine carpets, textiles, antiques and handicrafts and spices . There is also a wonderful courtyard with a pool located in the bazaar perfect for photographs. It is called 'Saraye Moorshirr'. Visit Sharzeh and Hamam Vakeel for a great dining experience located just outside the bazaar.
- Khan-e Zinat ol-Molk (The house of Zinat ol-molk), Next to Naranjestan Qavam. Historical house and adjoining gardens that house the Fars Dignatories museum. edit
- Aftab Fars Shopping Centre, MaaliAbaad Blv.
- Hafez Shopping Centre, Afifabad Blv.
- Persian Gulf Complex, Sepidan Hwy. Near Sadra and Golestan Towns
- Sina Shopping Centre, Motahhari Blv.
- Zaytoon Shopping Center, Paramount Intersection.
- Soltanie Shopping Center,Motahari square
- Kebab with rice - like elsewhere in Iran, the mighty old kebab with rice is a common fare, though Shiraz does offer a local variation on the national dish.
- Shirazi Salad - A delicious and famous salad available throughout Iran, made with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and a simple lemon juice and olive oil dressing.
- Kalam polo - A traditional food found only in Shiraz. Some delivery food restaurants serve this food but it can be hard to find in normal restaurants. It is a dish made of Rice, meat balls, chopped cabbage and some other vegetables and spices.
- Ash shirazi - It is a kind of soup made of vegetables and meat. It is served all over the city early in the morning. People eat this for breakfast. But please note that it's only served really early in the morning (from roughly 5 to 7 a.m).
- Masghati Halva - a great dessert and snack.
- Nokhod(Chickpea) Cookie - delicious cookie made of chickpeas, known as one of Shiraz's souvenirs.
- Shirazi Paloodeh - Paloodeh is an ice cream made of rice starch, which takes the form of noodles. It is flavored with "sharbat" (sugar water), which can be of different flavors. Shirazian paloodeh is the best paloodeh in Iran especially when mixed with Bahar-e-Naranj liquor.
Almost all of these places have Live music playing
- Haft khan, buffet and classic restaurant, Iranian and international cuisine
- Kohan , classic Iranian and international cuisine
- Qavam, traditional Iranian cuisine, Ferdowsi St.
- Bel passi, Italian Restaurant
- Hedayat, a cafe - restaurant in Hedayat street presenting light meals
- Lotus Restaurant, on the 13th floor of Pars International Hotel
- Sharzeh Restaurant, a classic old restaurant located just outside the Vakil bazaar
- Soofi Restaurant, traditional restaurant located at Sattarkhan St.
- Ojagh Bashi , a branch of Turkish meals, Sattarkhan St.
- Hammam-e-Vakil (Vakil Bath), classic old style restaurant
- Gambron SeaFood Restaurant, serving famous food from the whole of Persian gulf
- Zeytoon , Classic restaurant, Iranian restaurant.
- Shater abbas , Traditional Iranian restaurant , located in khak shenasi St. and another one in Chamran ave.
You can find at least one fast food parlor in every Street of Shiraz.
- Sand, Fast food in a place with different interior design
- Avishan, A clean, healthy and budget fast food located in Be'sat st.
You can find coffee shops at shopping centres and on the main streets. Some are big and some are small.
- Abizh Cafe is an awesome hangout spot with a nice selection, decent prices. Very friendly, English speaking staff, English menu, decent prices and free Wi-Fi. Open from 8 AM to 11:00 PM.That is a great Restaurant Cafe in Shiraz
They have many different plates for breakfast and egg with cafe latte and nice special tea there
They have also great design and make a great mood and atmosfer there
- Royal Cafe Address:Vakil Bazaar, Between Vakil bath and vakil mosque. At this place you can enjoy hot and cold drinks and traditional Shiraz dishes. There is also free wifi in the area and you can sit outside the café under the umbrella and enjoy the beautiful view at the market entrance.English speaking staff,open from 9:00AM to11:00PM. for reservation you can call or send message to this number +989011309503
- Nikan cafe is an awesome hangout spot with a nice selection, decent prices. Very friendly, English speaking staff, English menu, decent prices and free Wi-Fi. Open from 12 PM to 11:00 PM. They have some food for lunch like pasta , a eggplant chicken crepe , Meat Mushroom and ... . it is locate in Hedayat street next to 8 lane. Try their herbal drinks , Soft drink.
- Ferdowsi is an awesome hangout spot with a nice selection, decent prices. Very friendly, English speaking staff, English menu, decent prices and free Wi-Fi. Open from 9 AM to 11:00 PM . they serve a breakfast until 11.they have a cozy atmosphere With tasty foods and drinks, , and friendly english-speaking staff, with homemade menu ,healthy & light food. Mostly you can see young locals.
We suggest cake of the day with cream and strawberries, again delicious. the penne with mushrooms and chicken in a creamy sauce and the cheesecake.
- Cafe Inn ,Ma'ali-Abad Blv
- Screwchi's Nespresso Bar, Offers good variety of coffees, teas, and other hot and cold drinks, along with high quality snacks and one of a kind pastas and salads from around the world. Breakfast and brunch menu is also so popular and it has a lounge section for smoking and outdoor sitting and enjoying the beautiful weather of the city. The café has modern design and is placed in luxury side of the city. Location, photos and additional information are provided on Trip Advisor
There are a lot of gardens out of Shiraz, most have been remodeled as restaurants. Most have live music playing in the evenings and offer great view.
- Padra Garden, relatively new
For more information on typical drinks in Iran, see Iran#Drink
- Distill's - Shiraz have many kind of aromatic spirits
Friendly Hostel, District 8, Shiraz, Vesale Shirazi Street Fani Alley, Iran (Visit Friendly Hostel website to check the direction map.), ☎ +98 919 840 2291 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Friendly Hostel is managed by a hospitable couple, Mahmoud and Mehrane with a long experience in the accommodation industry in Shiraz, and arranging different type of tours like. They provide rooms in a welcoming House for international tourists. Free WiFi and free breakfast each day, are included. Expect to feel like home! Private room and dorm rooms: 10-15 euros. ("29.616664,,) edit
- Taha Hostel (Taha Hostel in Shiraz), num 43 – front of Armenian church Sang siah traditional way – Namazi Intersection – Shiraz- Iran, ☎ +98939393293 ([email protected]), . > Single: IRR350,0000; Double: IRR. edit.
- Darya Hotel, Piruzi Street. Not up to Western standards; no English spoken, no WIFI, met a bug in bath room.> Single: IRR350,0000; Double: IRR. edit
- Seven Hostels (7 Hostels), Seven Hostel in Shiraz, Next to Niayesh Hostel, Shahzadeh Jamali Alley, After Bibi Dokhtaran, Kalantari-e Abbasie Alley, Towards Shah Cheragh, Namizi Intersection, Shiraz, ☎ +989191993463 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Seven Hostel in Shiraz is run and managed through an intimate collaboration between SevenHostels Group and Niayesh Hostel. As a matter of fact, our hostel in Shiraz is located right next to Niayesh hostel and the major factor behind the popularity of these two hostels is their central location. Dorm bed: IRR450,000 or $15; Single: IRR:750,000; Double: IRR900,000; Triple: IRR1,500,000. Breakfast included (Feb 2017).. (29.611958,52.538733) edit
- Golshan Hostel, No. 15 Alley 38. Lotfali Khan-e-Zand (Look for sign on the north side boardwalk of the street, follow the alley), ☎ +98-711-2220715 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Awesome traditional court to hang around and drink tea. The owner, Parviz, and the manager Mohammad are both honest hosts, they speak English fluently. They know all transport possibilities and can book you a hotel at another city at a fair price. Tours guide are good guys. There is a ten-bed dorm room. The hostel runs tours to Persepolis-Necropolis US$30 (half-day, admission fee not included (150,000 IRR + 100,000 IRR)) and Pasargad-Necropolis-Persepolis US$45 (full-day, admission fee not included (150,000 IRR + 100,000 IRR + 150,000 IRR)). Dorm bed: IRR450,000 or $15; Single: IRR:750,000; Double: IRR900,000; Triple: IRR1,500,000. Breakfast included (Feb 2017).. (29.610443,52.548353) edit
- Niayesh Boutique Hotel, No. 10, Shahzadeh Jamali Lane, Bibi Dokhtaran Mausoleum Lane, Namazi junction, Lotfali Khan-e Zand St. (Difficult to find, but it's not far from Shah-e Cheragh Shrine. From the police station 300 metres or so up the road it's clearly signposted.), ☎ +98-711-2233623 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 13.00. A new hotel with a nice inner courtyard and an OK restaurant serving standard fare. There is a six bed dormitory. Optional extras like tea and laundry or bike rental are quite expensive, so make sure you settle on a price before agreeing to use additional services. E.g. to rent a bicycle they charge you 10 USD per day. Moreover, don't try to book a pricate car through this hotel. There are reports that the drivers usually claim that you have spent more time on sightseeing than you actually did and overcharge you. Even if you complain to the hotel, they will not help either. The hotel offers tours to Persepolis via Fars Tourist Agency for US$20-25 (half-day) and US$30-45 (full-day). Dorm bed: US$11, Single: US$25;, Double: US$40; Triple: US$50, includes breakfast. edit
- Jahannama hotel, Jahannama hotel, Hejrat Blvd , Javid st, Shiraz, ☎ +98-9178785416 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 13.00. A Tourist Taxi service included to as well . Ariagasht Taxi Service which has English speaking drivers and you can reserve your tours and transfers ( Persepolis tour, city tours and so on ...)through the following link: http://shirazdriver.com Dorm bed: 10€, Single: 20€;, Double: 30€; Triple: 40€, includes breakfast. edit
- Arian Apartment Hotel, Arian Apartment Hotel in Shiraz, Just Before Roudaki Intersection, Ferdowsi St, Shiraz, Iran, ☎ +98-9353836810 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 13.00. Here at Arian Apartment Hotel in Shiraz. There are both private rooms and dormitories, able to accommodate backpackers who look for budget hotels in Shiraz as well. Double: 25€, 4-Bed Suites: 45€. edit
- Sadra Hotel, Zand boulevard Rodaki street Zipcode:7135814187 (Not difficult to find you just find a Roodaki street in Zand boulevard after 200 meters next to Izedi street), ☎ +9871-32224740 ([email protected], fax: +9871-32248160), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Sadra Hotel in Shiraz Iran and Is Located at the center of Shiraz. Sadra has cheap rooms and Clean room in Shiraz, Nearby Nasir Al-mulk Mosque , Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazar, Vakil Bath And Arge karim khan. Single: US$25;, Double: US$46; Triple: US$59 Quadruple: US$70 Suite: US$75 , includes breakfast. edit
- Sirah Guesthouse, Meshkin Fam Museum Alley, Behind the tomb of Bibi-Dokhtaran, Sangesiah Stree, Namazi Intersection, Shiraz, Iran, ☎ "+98 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Always a symbol of authenticity of human memories and bearing a tinge of history and beauty, old paternal houses in Iran have been among the highly esteemed mansions. Sirah Guesthouse in Shiraz is an accommodation rarity with an exotic overtone. The place is the marriage of literature and history and exhibits such an awe-inspiring splendor that takes the visitor by surprise at first sight. Dorm bed: €9; Double: €38; Triple: €55. Breakfast included (Dec 2017).. (29.613589,52.538514) edit
- Friendly Hostel, District 8, Shiraz, Vesale Shirazi Street Fani Alley, Iran (Visit Friendly Hostel website to check the direction map.), ☎ +98 919 840 2291 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Friendly Hostel is managed by a hospitable couple, Mahmoud and Mehrane with a long experience in the accommodation industry in Shiraz, and arranging different type of tours like. They provide rooms in a welcoming House for international tourists. Free WiFi and free breakfast each day, are included. Private room and dorm rooms: 10-15 euros. ("29.616664,,) edit.
- Apadana Hotel, Ahli St. Tel:+98 (711) 2301336 & 2359322 . Fax:+98 (711) 2301337
- Aryo-Barzan Hotel, Roodaki Ave. Tel: +98 (711) 2247182-4 . Fax: +98 (711) 2228959 
- Eram Hotel, Karim Khan-é Zand. Tel:+98 71 230-3884 
- Parseh Hotel, 22Bahman St. Tel:+98 (711) 2226600 . Fax: +98 (711) 2223003
- Parsian Hotel, Roodaki Ave. Tel:+98 (711) 2304965-69 . Fax:+98 (711) 2331000
- Chamran Grand Hotel,Chamran Blvd., Shiraz, Iran ,Tel: +98 (711) 6271218, 6289494, 6288484 - Fax: +98 (711) 6291111 Email: Info [at] ChamranHotel [dot] com
- Homa Hotel, Meshkinfam St., next to Azadi Park. Tel:+98 (711) 2288000-9 . Fax:+98 (711) 2288014 & 2288021  - formerly the Cyrus Inter-Continental Hotel.
- Pars International Hotel, Zand Boulevard. Tel:+98 (711) 2332255 . Fax:+98 (711) 2307006 & 2336380 - highly recommended.
- Persepolis International Hotel, Atlasi Sq. , Azadi Blvd., Tel: +98 (711) 2271280-94 . Fax: +98 (711) 2280941 
- Pasargad was a Persian capital built by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC. Around 500 BC, Darius I built a new capital at Persepolis 50 km away. Both are now listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and both are near Shiraz.
- Takht-e-Jamshid (Persepolis) - The centre of the great Persian Empire, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenians and the showpiece of Achaemenian art, Persepolis (Capital of Persia in Greek) is a historic site in Fars Province, 60 km to the northeast of Shiraz. Iranians call it Takht-e Jamshid (The throne of Jamshid), Jamshid being the first, probably mythical, ruler of Iran. This magnificent court was the summer residence of the Achaemenian emperors and their official reception quarters. It must be by some strange accident of history that Persepolis was never mentioned in foreign records, for it was here that representatives of all the varied peoples of the empire gathered to pay homage, and bring tribute, to the King of Kings, probably each spring, at the time of the ancient Now Ruz festival. Although set on fire and destroyed by Alexander in a gesture symbolizing the destruction of Persian imperial power, its still impressive ruins permit a fairly complete reconstruction of its original appearance. Entrance fee 200,000 rial (not including optional guide or museum entrance)
- Naqsh-e Rustam - an ancient necropolis 12 km northwest of Persepolis, with a group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from both the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods. Entrance fee 200,000 rial.
- Palace of Apadana
- Varzaneh desert is the closest desert town to Shiraz. It is easily reachable from Shiraz-Abadeh-Ramsheh Road.
- Palace of Ardashir – The Palace ruins of Sassanid king Ardashir I. As of September 2014, entrance is 150000 Rial per person for foreign tourists. To get there, there are several options. You can either hire a taxi from anywhere in Shiraz, take a shared taxi from the front of the Kar Andish Bus Terminal in the east of the city or go by bus. Local minibuses leave from the so called Ali Ibn Hamze Terminal, which is a smaller terminal south of the bigger Kar Andish domestic bus terminal, right next to the river. Ask for minibuses to Mavdasht or Persepolis. One ride is 22000 Rial per person [May 2016]. From Mavdasht, taxis take you to Persepolis in 10 minutes. Don't pay more than a maximum of 60000 Rials. To get back to Shiraz, take a taxi from Persepolis to Mavdasht Terminal, which is a hardly visible spot next to the street near the southern exit of Mavdasht. If you ask locals for 'bus Shiraz', they'll point you. From there, minibuses leave again when they are full for 15000 Rial per person. On the way to Persepolis, you pass the Qur'an gate(city gate). You can ask the driver to drop you off at 'Darvazeh ye Qur'an' to visit that after coming back from Persepolis.
- Ghalat village – Located 30 km northwest of Shiraz, Ghalat village is an ancient village popular with locals escaping the city. It has restaurants, stylish coffee houses, ruin mosque and church, river and picnic area, waterfalls and mountain hike. It's particularly beautiful in autumn when all the maples turn red. To reach Ghalat, take the metro to Ghasr-e Dasht station, walk 5 minutes to the Qasr Dasht bus station and take bus number 50 (one hour ride, bus every 30 minutes, 8000 rials). Otherwise hire a taxi from Shiraz for 600,000 rials return which usually allows 1 hour stay.