Top things to do in Kerman Province

Top Choice Market in Kerman

Bazar-e Sartasari

Kerman’s magnificent 'Sartasari' ('end-to-end') Bazaar is one of the oldest and most memorable trading centres in Iran. Its main thoroughfare stretches 1200m from Tohid Sq to Shohada Sq, the majority covered with cl…
Top Choice Oasis in The Kaluts (Lut Desert)

Deh Salm

With lush date-palm groves, domed mud-brick houses, carpet-saddled camels and a distant backdrop of arid mountain ridges, it's hard to imagine a more archetypal oasis village than tiny Deh Salm. (At least once you g…
Top Choice Fortress in Rayen

Arg-e Rayen

One of Iran's most impressive fortress-citadels, the Arg's vast adobe walls top a gentle slope directly south of central Rayen. Inside is a castle within a castle. Some sections are very ruinous but wandering throug…
Top Choice Village in Kerman Province

Meymand

A Unesco site, this troglodyte village is a series of over 400 cave-houses with a total of more than 2500 kiche rooms burrowed into the gently sloping sides of a Y-shaped valley around orchard gardens. For thousands…
Top Choice Teahouse in Kerman

Hamam-e Vakil Chaykhaneh

Architecturally magnificent, this elegantly arched subterranean teahouse was built as a bathhouse in 1820. Live music – typically a singer accompanied by santur (dulcimer-like instrument) – plays throughout the day;…
Top Choice Teahouse in Mahan

Shah Nematollah Sofrekhane

Hidden within the Aramgah complex, this brick-domed teahouse offers spiritual music and a short menu of well-made Iranian favourites, including a minty kashke bademjan (mashed eggplant with whey; IR70,000). Enter be…
Mausoleum in Mahan

Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali

The physical and spiritual heart of Mahan is filled by the impressive mausoleum complex of dervish-mystic and poet Shah Ne’matollah Vali, who died in 1431 (aged more than 100!). Built five years after his death by a…
Area in Kerman Province

Kaluts

The Kaluts is a large area in which the rough, rocky desert has been sculpted by millennia of wind erosion into long lines of photogenic formations. Much the most impressive of these are five- to 10-storey high yard…
Gallery in Kerman

Muzeh Sanati

The 'contemporary' section of this wide-ranging gallery is a selection of thought-provoking photographic and illustrative social commentary in the rear halls. There's also an intriguing modern section, including a g…
Historic Building in Kerman

Gonbad-e Jabaliye

Where Shohada St approaches the arid crags that abruptly mark the city's eastern edge sits this hefty octagonal structure of mysterious provenance. Some scholars date it to the 2nd century AD and think it may have b…