Top things to do in Semnan Province

Top Choice Bar in Shahrud

Flamingo

With its barrel seats, bottle scultptures, eccentric sculpture-walls and dangling cocktail glasses, this superb, low-lit cafe feels for all the world like a quirky beerhouse – minus the beer, of course, but with gre…
Top Choice Iranian in Semnan

Cafe Sonati Tadaion

This charming family restaurant makes delightful use of a domed cellar room off the rear courtyard of the historic Tadayon House (in which you'll also find a gift shop, gemstone store and cultural office Semnan Mira…
Top Choice Iranian in Semnan

Zendegi

This upmarket restaurant occupies several small rooms and two open terraces in the fountain-centred Zendegi House, a 180-year-old miller/trader's mansion with a museum room of 20th-century oddments, a crystals shop …
Top Choice Coffee in Garmsar

Cafe Abenbar

Deep below a conical dome of concentric brick rings, this unique cafe in what was once its greatest underground cistern is the highlight of Garmsar. The atmosphere is low-lit and female-friendly. Espresso-based coff…
Iranian in Garmsar

Dehnamak Caravanserai

An historic yet fair-value place to break the Tehran–Semnam journey, this sizeable Safavid-era caravanserai was built in 1570 but has been thoroughly restored around fountain pools with a semi-traditional restaurant…
Architecture in Shahrud

Bezayit Bastami Complex

At the heart of ancient Bastam, now a village-suburb of Shahrud (around 7km from centre), is a collection of mostly 13th-century historical buildings. The main group is set around the relatively simple grave of Baya…
Gardens in Damghan

Cheshmeh Ali

Very popular as a picnic place in summer, Cheshmeh Ali's centrepiece is a pair of Qajar-era pavilions facing each other across a reflecting pool. It's almost worth the savari fare for the beauty of the 30km drive fr…
Bazaar in Semnan

Semnan Bazaar

Semnan's cross-shaped covered-bazaar marks the old heart of the city. While far less extensive than the great bazaars of Kerman or Tabriz, there is plenty of 19th-century vaulting and the north-south section (bisect…
Hot Springs in Semnan Province

Badab-e Surt

Badab-e Surt is a series of terraced travertine (limestone) pools – smaller than those at Turkey's Pamukkale, but more colourful and serenely isolated within a mountain-ringed valley, 23km east of the Damghan–Sari r…
Village in Semnan Province

Dehnamak Village

Once the fourth stop on the ancient Rey–Khorasan caravan route, Dehnamak is most interesting for its recently restored Safavid-era caravanserai, now a hotel and restaurant. The nearby village also has a scattering o…