Attractions

Village in Esfarayen

Roein

Backed by a rocky crag, Roein's old section is a stepped village of high, porch-fronted traditional homes, looking rather like a less verdant version of Masuleh, though several parts of town have been marred by thou…
Fortress in Esfarayen

Belqays

With nearly 30 towers and a partial restoration of the imposing 11m-high north wall, Belqays citadel is one of Iran's most visually impressive mud fortresses – at least, when viewed from certain directions. Once you…
Mausoleum in Esfarayen

Sheikh Azari Mausoleum

This simple, domed building, with three arched porches at both sides, sits in a lonely field with a few wizened trees 1.3km from Belqays. Up close it's clear that the brickwork is new, but from afar, backed by Esfar…
Village in Esfarayen

Dowlatabad

By the roadside in this low-rise farming village, the extensive, partly crenellated mud-walled citadel here is less impressive than Belqays – but has more arches and domes and picturesquely collapsing mud buildings.…