Geographical location of Gilan province
Gilan province is one of the verdurous and beautiful provinces of the north. Due to Gilan’s neighboring with both Mazandaran Sea in the north and Alborz mountain ranges in the south, the area has become a tourist attraction area. This province is located in the vicinity of the provinces of Ardebil in the west, Zanjan and Qazvin in the south and Mazandaran in the east, Caspian Sea and the Republic of Azerbaijan are located in the north of it. This province has a land border with Azerbaijan through Astara.
Due to Gilan’s proximity with the Mazandaran Sea in the north and the Alborz mountain ranges in the south and existence of many rivers and forests, Gilan’s climate is diverse and of moderate Mediterranean type. This province is one of the rainiest provinces in the country and that’s why moisture in this area is very high and in the middle of summer it is warm and humid.
The best time to travel to Gilan
An overview of the weather before traveling to any area is one of the most important points to be considered by tourists to experience a pleasant journey. Rainfall is very high in Gilan province in autumn and winter. In summer, the weather is warm and humid in most parts of the province. Therefore, Zhivar’s suggestion is tripping to Gilan in spring and especially in Paradise of months, Ordibehesht (May-April).
Of course, tripping to Gilan province has a special pleasure all months of the year. Whether in the season of yellow and orange leaves and snow, or in the summer.
Food in Gilan
Eating is one of the most important things to pay attention to in Gilan! In Gilan province, 10 foods have been registered in national heritage list. Rasht city has also been registered with 170 types of local food as “City of creative Food” in UNESCO. For the cost of each meal in Gilan, you have to pay about 20000 to 50000 tomans depending on the place and type of food you choose.
Suggested restaurants in Gilan province
Hasan Rashti Restaurant
Hasan Rashti is one of the most famous and oldest restaurants in Rasht. Due to the quality, taste and good atmosphere of this restaurant, a large crowd of Rasht people come to this restaurant for lunch or dinner. Hassan Aqa (Mr) himself is present at the restaurant and walk around tables so if you have a deficit, he will provide it for you.
Address: opposite the City Hall – Toshiba – Mosala Square- Rasht- Gilan-Iran
Khavar Khanoom Restaurant
Here is a restaurant where local foods of which is made by Khavar Khanoom herself. The tourists who go to this place, wait even for hours to taste delicious Khavar Khanoom’s foods. From the balcony of this restaurant you can see the beautiful landscape of the Sarvelat forests.
Address: Sarvelat Village, 3 kms from Chaboksar, Gilan Province
Keshti (ship) Restaurant
The Keshti restaurant, as its name implies, is inside a ship. Its fish is one of the most famous fishes because of its special recipe. Having lunch in a ship will definitely give you happy memories by the sea.
Address: Ramsar Cable Car- Shahid Rajaee Square (Sea Port) – Ramsar
Famous Attractions of Gilan Province
Roodkhan castle is magnificent fort, located 20 kilometers southwest of Fouman city. This beautiful castle that belongs to the Seljuk period is located on the height of the forest highlands of Fouman. While traveling to this area, you will have opportunity for ecotourism and also cultural sightseeing. This castle is a worthy example of a mountainous castle in a beautiful forest area that will embrace tourists.
Address: Roodkhan Village, Fouman County, Gilan province
Masal is one of the most beautiful natural places in Gilan province. Masal’s pictures, including the famous Olsbaneh countryside, are abundant in the Internet. Masal is a place over the clouds which embraces a large number of nature-lovers in the spring and summer. There are also hotels for your residence in Olsbaneh, as well as beautiful wooded huts.
Address: 27 km west from Masal, Gilan
Masouleh Village is located in Fuman County, Guilan Province. Masouleh is not far from the Roodkhan castle so if you’re a bit sharp, you can visit both attractions in one day. Of course, we offer you to visit each one in a single day and with enough time. In Masouleh, you will also visit a rich culture and a historical texture, as well as a beautiful virginal nature.
Address: Masouleh Village, Fouman, Gilan
Gisoom Forest Park and Beach
Gisoom Forest Park is one of the most beautiful forests in Gilan, which ultimately ends on a beautiful coastal Gisoom beach, by a beautiful road among the tall trees of the forest. During the holidays, the Gisoom Beach embraces a large number of tourists. So, if you do not like crowd, choose the non-holiday days to travel there. At Gisoom Beach, there is a good infrastructure for water recreation.
Address: 17 km from Talesh, Gilan, Iran
Museum of Rural Heritage of Guilan
The Gilan Rural Heritage Museum is one of the most famous outdoor museums in Iran, which locates in the Saravan Forest Park, 18 km from Rasht-Tehran Road. In this museum you will get acquainted with the traditional and old Gilan village. Here is a small sample of how people lived in the past. The museum also has a handicraft workshop, local products and food.
According to many environmental experts in the country, one of the largest and most valuable lagoons in terms of biodiversity in the world is Anzali lagoon. If you are interested in ecotourism, do not miss watching this lagoon, as one of the most beautiful landscapes of the country can be seen in this area. This lagoon is a temporary habitat and laying place for many birds that drop in this lagoon on their way. Therefore, bird watching also prospers a lot in this lagoons. Boating among the lotuses of the lagoon, you will have fun at Anzali.
Address: Anzali lagoon, Southwest coast of Mazandaran Sea in Bandar Anzali, Gilan
The Heyran defile is one of the places that can be viewed as the main destination, as well as a place to relax around the road. In the middle of the beautiful Astara- Ardebil road, there is a region that from the top of which you can see many eye-catching scenery. In the Heyran defile, you can see the landscape of Iran and Azerbaijan forests lands while they are dipping in the fog.
Address: 30 kilometres, northwest of Astara, on the road to Ardabil
Sheytan kooh (Devil Mountain)
One of the most beautiful attractions of the Lahijan city is the lush green area called Sheytan kooh. The region where in the heart of which there is a lake, a forest and also a waterfall. To see the nature of this area, you can also use the cable cars available there flying over the forests of this area. This place is also known as the Lahijan roof. Watching the city from above it will be very enjoyable.
Address: East of Lahijan City, Gilan.
Other Gilan Tourist Attractions
Javaher Dasht (plain), Visadar Waterfall, Rasht Saravan Forest Park, beautiful Loonak waterfall, beautiful nature of Talesh and Sobatan, Deylaman Highlands, Laton Waterfall, Saqalaskar Lake and attractive tourist towns like Ramsar tc. are also examples of unfinished attractions in Gilan province.
Souvenirs of Gilan
There are many attractive items to buy in traditional markets of different cities of Gilan province. In these markets, you can clearly see the freshness and vitality of the people of Gilan province. Perhaps the most famous souvenirs that can be provided in Gilan are Fouman’s famous cookies and all kinds of olives, which are found throughout all the markets of this region. Astaneh Ashrafieh peanut, Gilan tea and rice, and all kinds of handicrafts in this province, including rattan, can be other options for buying souvenirs from Gilan.
The distance from the center of the province to Tehran is 327 km
Required time for traveling to Rasht: under normal conditions and without traffic is about 4 hours.