It may be part of the ‘Axis of Evil’ and a scapegoat for many Middle-Eastern tensions, but underneath the layers of bad stereotypes lays a country with a rich and fascinating culture.

Roughly as big as one-fifth of the continental US, Iran is one of the world’s most mountainous regions – with high rugged chains like the Caucasus or the Zagros separating desert basins such as Dasht-e Kavir or Dasht-e Lut and the dense Shomal rainforests in the North.

Home to one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations, Iran is also a country of warm and surprisingly friendly people within a sophisticated culture. Get lost in the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan or eat some plain yogurt with the locals in the back streets of Tehran and you’ll be continuously wondering where all the evil Iranians often mentioned in the news are.

Continue reading below to learn more about a country with a serious image problem.

Iran Articles

Top 10 spots to celebrate winter solstice

by Colette Bernhardt

Border crossing guide: Van, Turkey to Tabriz, Iran

by Dina Bennett

Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh

I traveled to iran as a solo woman. Here are the myths I found that seriously need debunking

by Piia Mustamäki

How I married the girl I met on Tinder in Iran

by Will Hatton

15 side effects of living in Tehran

by Pontia Fallahi

This girl could be executed in Iran tomorrow. Here’s how you can try and stop it

by Ailsa Ross

60 things you need to know when traveling to Iran

by Alex Reynolds

6 things nobody told me about Iran

by Will Hatton

The Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Iran

by Adil Gherib

Watch: This crew tricked out an old fire truck and created the ultimate ski-mobile to find powder in Iran

by Cathy Brown

Doubt the power of hip-hop? Check what it gave this Afghan teen

by Cathy Brown

Britain declared Iran safe for travel. Here’s how I figured that out years ago.

by Ben McKechnie

Former Matador travel writer imprisoned for writing about the country he loves

by Matt Hershberger

Why Iran’s Millennials support the nuclear agreement

by Reese Erlich

What Americans have been missing out on in Iran

by Holly Dagres

Epic: Brave duo navigates Iran’s longest river source to sea

by Ailsa Ross

20 of the world’s most spectacular roads

by Hal Amen
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