Cycling is a healthy, sustainable, green, and fun activity which is popular among people and helps you stay healthy and in shape, and also have a better perception of the destination or place you are cycling at. By cycling, you are going to have a deeper connection with the nature, climate, and even the locals of an area. With diverse climate and geography, and numerous varied natural attractions from deserts to seashores and from mountains to forests, the vast country of Iran is one of the amazing destinations for cycling.
Is Iran a safe destination for cycling?
Just like anywhere else in the world, whether you are exploring a whole country on a bicycle and traveling on the roads, or you are just taking a cycling trip for a day or two in a city or natural attraction, you have to consider all the security tips to have a safe cycling excursion. But it is interesting to know that based on what travel bloggers and cyclists who have cycled in Iran have mentioned on different platforms, Iran is one of the safe destinations of the world for cycling, where the hospitality and friendliness of the locals will help you enjoy your adventure even more and make this adventure easier.
Cycling in Iran
Where are the most amazing places for cycling in Iran
As mentioned above, you have many options and choices for cycling in Iran, and according to the duration of your trip in Iran and the season you can choose among the places which are introduced below as amazing places for cycling in Iran.
Kish Island is located in the Persian Gulf in southern Iran and is 91 square kilometers. Kish is one of the safest and most touristic islands of Iran and one of the best winter destinations with stunning beaches and recreational centers and many fun activities like jet ski, snorkeling, fly board, parasail, etc. Kish Island is also one of the Iran free trade zones where foreign travelers can stay for 14 days without a visa. All the reasons mentioned above make Kish Island one of the best cycling destinations in Iran.
Cycling in Iran - Kish, Iran
Qeshm Island is the largest island of the Persian Gulf in the south of Iran which is known for its astonishing beaches, geological phenomena, fantastic valleys, and exotic salt caves which leaves every visitor speechless. This island is another free trade and visa zone in Iran and its warm tropical weather has caused it to be one of the best winter destinations for nature lovers and cyclers who crave sea sand and sun. cycling through the Geopark of Qeshm where you explore the most scenic rock formations, biking on the sand beaches by the turquoise sea, and enjoying the sunlight is not what you can experience everywhere in the world.
Jangal- e Abr, or ABr Forest (meaning: the clouds forest) is one of the scenic forests of the Alburz Mountain range which is stretched from the northeast to the northwest of Iran and is a fabulous natural attraction for the adventurers who look for a lush and dense forest for trekking and cycling. This stunning forest starts at the Abr Village in Shahrud Town of Semnan Province (central Iran) and the trekking route starts at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and its highest point is 2650 meters above sea level where you will walk above the clouds. The rest of the route includes slight slopes and downhills passing through plains and forests and ends in the Afra Takhteh Village of Golestan Province. The best time of the year for cycling in Abr Forest is in spring, especially during May.
Abr Forest - Iran
Sisakht is a small and lovely town in Kohgiluyeh and Buirahmad Province in the southwest of Iran, which is located at the heart of Zagros Mountain Range and is home to over 4000-meter peaks covered with snow all year round. Apart from being a hub for mountain climbers that come for an adventure from all over the world, Sisakht is an awesome yet uncrowded spot for cycling and mountain biking on the downhill slopes and through the oak forests and farms. Since Sisakht is a mountainous region and it is covered with snow during winter and has intense sunshine during summer, the best time of year for cycling in this area is spring when everywhere is covered with young leaves and flowers and autumn, when trees are in thousand colors.
Sisakht Town - Iran
If you are a fan of exploring deserts and enjoying their scenic landscapes, and amazing sunshine and sunsets, then the Maranjab Desert is a place that you shouldn’t miss here in Iran. Located in Isfahan Province in Iran’s Central Desert, Maranjab is one of the must-see deserts of Iran and also one of the amazing places for cycling in Iran, where you can venture through the roads surrounded by the endless dunes and spend the night at the historical Maranjab Desert, where you will adore the million-star sky.
Cycling in Iran - Maranjab Desert
Kurdistan is a region in western Iran and at the heart of Zagros mountains, including Kurdistan and Kermanshah Provinces. This area is known for its untouched nature, including oak forests, steep slopes, and wonderful and exotic villages like Uramanat and Palangan. This area is a very good cycling destination for nature lovers who look for untouched nature and culture and love biking in uncrowded lands.
If you are interested in cycling in Iran and need more information and assistance in planning your trip, receiving your visa, or booking your accommodation at any of the places mentioned above or any other place in Iran, do not hesitate to contact PackToIran team and ask for your required services. Also, we are here to help you in finding and renting a professional bike in every city you are in.