Ardabil Tourist Places to Visit in Ardabil, Iran, Asia
Ardabil is the capital city of Ardabil Province in northwestern Iran situated about 590 kms northwest of national capital Tehran. Ardabil is home to two famous World Heritage Sites namely the eponym of the Safavid Dynasty and tomb of Shaikh Safi ad-Din.
Geography and Climate of Ardabil:
Ardabil occupies an area of 18.011 sq. km. and is positioned at an elevation of 1351 meters.
Ardabil features a semi arid climate with cold winters and warm summers.
Etymology and History of Ardabil:
Ardabil name derives from Zoroastrian word of ‘Artawila’, means ‘a holy place’.
Ardabil was formed as a province in the year 1993. It has strong historical background and houses numerous historical tombs and forts.
Economy of Ardabil:
The economy of Ardabil is based on tourism and agriculture. It houses one airport and few industries as well. Ardabil University of Medical Sciences and Mohaghegh Ardabili University are the top universities of Ardabil.
Connectivity to Ardabil:
Ardabil is well connected with road and airways with its nearby regions and major cities of the country. It is served by Ardabil Airport located 17 kms away from the centre of the city. There are regular buses available at Ardabil City Bus Stand to reach Tehran, Ahwaz and Arak. One can hire Taxi or Minivans to reach tourist destinations and airport.
Culture, Cuisine and Shopping in Ardabil:
Ardabil is a very ancient city houses numerous cultural centres of dance and music; also it is the birth place of several famous Iranian musicians and poets. Azeri is a commonly spoken language in Ardabil and also the natives speak Tati, Gilaki and Persian.
Ardabil Bazaar is one of the best places to purchase carpets and handicrafts products and is located in the centre of Ardabil City. Produce Bazar is another top market in Ardabil located on the Meshkin Shahr gate offers fresh vegetables and fruits.
The food available in the hotels of Ardabil is very delicious and spicy. The traditional dishes of Iran are available at reasonable prices and also hotels serve customers with Chinese and Western dishes. The popular food in Ardabil includes Ahari Sabzi-qovurma, Qurabiya, Ris, Baglava, Rahatol holgum, Girdakan Halvasi and Noghul.
Places to see near Ardabil:
Shourabil Lake is located within Ardabil City. This natural lake attracts tourists from all over the state for its stunning beauty. At the time of sunset is the best to see this beautiful lake.
The complex of Sheikh Safi-ad-din:
The complex of Sheikh Safi-ad-din Ardabili is the world heritage site consists of a mosque, Jannat Sara, the mausoleums of Sheikh Safi and Shah Ismail I. This is one of the must visit places in Ardabil.
Ardabil bridges include Pol-e Nayer, Pol-e Haft Cheshmeh, Pol-e Panj Cheshmeh, Qarah Soo Bridge and Pol-e Gilandeh, most of these bridges were constructed during Safavid rule.
Imamzadeh Saleh Mausoleum:
Imamzadeh Saleh mausoleum is more than 250 years old mausoleum.
Other tourist attractions near Ardabil are:
- Masjid Jameh
- Mirza Ali Akbar Mosque and School
- Ardabil Bazaar
- Saint Mary Church
- Babadavood Anbaran
- Mausoleum of Sheikh Jebra’il
- Janbazan Square
- Ardabil Anthropology Museum
- Sheikh Safi’s Tomb
- Statue of Shah Ismail
- Baliqly Chay River
Best time to visit Ardabil:
During the months of May, June, July, August, September and October is the best time to visit Ardabil.
Accommodation Options in Ardabil:
The hotels of Ardabil have the facilities of air ticket booking and pick up and drop to airport. The hotels in and around Ardabil are:
- Kowsar Hotel
- Lale Hotel
- Astara Tourism Hotel
- Hotel Vasli
- Esatis Hotel
- Darya C-8
- Sabalan Grand Hotel
- Negin Hotel