Iran English Radio

Home » Iran » Iran Your Attractive Destination (3)

Iran Your Attractive Destination (3)

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,020 other followers


As a reminder, in the previous article we traveled to Gilan Province in northern Iran and became familiar with the city of Rasht and the beautiful nature of this province. In this article, we pay a visit to Anzali Port, continuing our journey in the beautiful province of Gilan.


Anzali is one of the most important ports in northern Iran, which is bound to sea from three sides and leads to land from one side. It covers an area of almost 40 square kilometers and is situated on the southwestern coastlines of the Caspian Sea. It is located 35 kilometers from the city of Rasht and 380 kilometers from the city of Tehran.

This region maintains a moderate and humid climate and its weather is under the influence of the Caspian Sea and Alborz altitudes, like other regions that lie on the northern coastal belt of the Caspian Sea. Meanwhile, the Gulf of Anzali is a safe location for the berthing of ships, fishing, and establishing commercial ties with Caspian Sea littoral states, and has played a pivotal role in development of Anzali Port, turning this port into an important harbor in northern Iran.

Anzali Port has established bonds with a number of Central Asian countries and is of paramount importance due to its proximity with Iran’s highly populous regions and commercial and industrial hubs. In fact, this port is in touch with the harbors, situated on the northern coastlines of the Caspian Sea, and is linked to the commercial and international harbors of a number of European countries through the Black Sea. Hence, Anzali Port is also known as the Gateway to Europe.

The main activities of residents of Anzali Port are fishing, farming, and producing handicrafts. In the agricultural domain, they maintain paddy fields and breed silk worms. They are also engaged in producing straw mats, fishing nets, and different wooden tools as the most important handicrafts of this region. Anzali Port is also one of the most important centers for production of boats.

The tourist attraction sites of Anzali include “Miaan Poshteh” Palace, “Saa’at” Tower, and the lighthouse. Among the cultural and educational institutions of Anzali Port, the Naval Faculty is of major importance.

The “Miaan Poshteh” Palace was built in 1933. It has 11 rooms and a common room and maintains a unique and beautiful façade. This palace is currently a military museum, which has placed different types of weapons from the Safavid era up to this day on public display.

Meanwhile, “Saa’at” Tower dates back to 1815 AD. Its height is 28 meters and is in fact a lighthouse, which can be seen across the Anzali coastal belt and within the sea.

This lighthouse was built during the reign of Qajarid King, Naser Ed-Din Shah, for guidance of sailors, by the then local ruler, Khosrow Khan Gorji. In the year 1928, this tower was renovated and a clock was placed over it which works to this day following its repair in the year 1990.

Anzali marshland is also another tourist attraction site of Gilan Province, which lies on the southern coastlines of the Caspian Sea and is situated in the proximity of Anzali city. The intact nature, waterways covered with bamboos and lotus, the sound of birds, surrounding villages and small islands have made Anzali marshland into one of the most beautiful tourist attraction sites of the region.

Marshland is a location in which rainfalls, and water currents of springs and rivers accumulate and turn stagnant. Almost 6% of Earth is covered with marshlands, which play a major environmental role. In fact, marshlands play roles in moderation of climates, regulation of flood currents, prevention of erosion of soil, and protection of biological diversity. They also play crucial roles in feeding underground water sources and are considered as the habitats of birds.

Anzali marshland is covered with bamboos and shallow waters. According to law; hunting, fishing, cutting trees, and many other activities that harm the environment are strictly forbidden in this region.

Anzali Marshland has been registered at Raamsar Convention among the global marshlands. According to Raamsar Convention, which is one of the most important conventions aimed at protection of marshlands, the world countries have been obliged to protect their valuable marshlands through mutual cooperation.

Anzali Marshland is of significant importance in the ecological and environmental domains and plays a crucial role in the regional geography and regional social, economic, cultural, and political Iife.

This marshland has long played a pivotal role in the shaping of human communities in its surrounding regions, and regional economy, while the plants of this marshland have long been used to feed the livestock. The unique nature of this marshland has always attracted the eco-tourists.

Anzali marshland has played an important scientific role in the domains of zoology, botany, and environmental studies; and researchers use this marshland as a free of charge, natural laboratory in different realms. The fish species of this marshland have been an important food source for the locals and play a decisive role in regional economy. In fact, a number of fish species are only found at Anzali marshland.

Anzali marshland is one of the most appropriate habitats for different types of migrating birds. Dozens of types of birds choose Anzali marshland as their winter quarters. In fact, every year, migrating birds such as goose, swans, and ducks temporarily reside on the surroundings of this marshland.

Among the different plants that grow at Anzali marshland, lotus flowers maintain a unique beauty. The beautiful leaves of lotus flowers have in fact covered the surface of this marshland, creating a unique scene.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

RSS Iran English Radio

  • Iran has excellent potential for solar power: German study
    A German government research reveals ‘excellent’ opportunities for solar power generation in Iran. “Iran’s potential for PV (Photovoltaics) is extremely high, having an excellent solar irradiation and high electricity demand,” the government commissioned report called “Enabling PV Iran” said, laying out the guidelines for entry into the Iranian PV market for […]
  • Mittal signs €1bn iron deal in Iran
    Global industrial giant Mittal Steel on Tuesday signed a contract worth €1 billion to produce iron in southern Iran. According to Press TV, the contract that has been signed with Mahan Industries and Mines Development Company – a subsidiary of Iran’s Tourism Financial Group – envisages extracting iron and the establishment of a processing plant … Continue re […]
  • Oman signs key port deal with Iran
    Oman’s top Port, Salalah, has signed a basic agreement with two key Iranian southern trade terminals in what is expected to make the Persian Gulf state Iran’s new biggest trade partner in the region, replacing the United Arab Emirates. According to Press TV, the agreement has been signed with Shahid Rajaee Port, Iran’s biggest cargo … Continue reading → […]
  • ‘Iran should revise drug-related laws’
    The Iranian human rights chief says the country needs a revision of its drug-related laws so that it could dramatically reduce the number of executions related to narcotics crimes.In an interview with Press TV, which was aired on Tuesday, Mohammad Javad Larijani, the Secretary General of Iranian High Council for Human Rights, said Iranian officials … Continu […]
  • Iran holds final stage of missile drill
    The Aerospace Division of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is holding the final stage of large-scale missile drills. The final phase of the exercises, codenamed Eqtedar-e-Velayat, saw ballistic missiles fired from silo-based launchers in different locations across the country on Tuesday…See more: […]
  • Rouhani vows to privatize Iran’s car industry
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the privatization of the country’s car industry is a key mission in the economic agenda of his government – an announcement already seen by analysts as a sign that Iran is already preparing to open up its economy to world markets..See more: […]
  • South Korea to build steel mill in Iran
    South Korean steelmaker POSCO – the world’s sixth-biggest steel producer – has announced a plan to help build a $1.6 billion steel mill in southeastern Iran. According to Press TV, POSCO has said in a statement that it plans to take 8 percent of the project to build the 1.6 million-ton steel plant with Iran’s … Continue reading →
  • Pope condemns attack that killed 4 nuns in Yemen
    Pope Francis has condemned as “diabolical” a deadly attack on a care home run by missionaries in southern Yemen, where 16 people including four nuns were killed. According to Press TV, the Vatican’s Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said in a condolence message on Saturday that the pontiff is “shocked and profoundly saddened to learn … Continue reading → […]
  • Tehran-Jakarta trade value hoped to hit $2bln again
    Ahead of a visit to Indonesia by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Ambassador to Jakarta Valiollah Mohammadi expressed the hope that the value of trade exchanges between the two countries would again rise to $2 billion after removal of anti-Iran sanctions..See more:
  • Iran wheelchair tennis players finish runner-up in Asia games
    Iran men’s national wheelchair tennis team has ended its campaign at the Asian qualification tournament for 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, and finished as the vice-champion in the regional sporting event. On Tuesday, Iran’s Hossein Mamipour let slip a match point and two-set advantage against a representative from China in the first individual match … Cont […]

The Leader’s Viewpoints

%d bloggers like this: