You need to explore the cultural-natural landscape of Ramsar to discover the richness of this Iranian city. It is famous among Iranians as the bride of the cities of Iran. Due to its economic, social and impressive nature, it is also an attractive city for tourism. This city is located south of the Caspian Sea, north of Alborz Mountains, west of Tonekabon County and east of Gilan Province.
Ramsar is located in the westernmost part of Mazandaran Province that is near Gilan Province. Since it was once one of the cities of Gilan Province, the local inhabitants of Ramsar speak Gilaki language.
The city is warm and humid in the summer and mild in the winter. The maximum annual humidity in the city is 90%. The best season to travel to Ramsar is spring and summer, because in the fall and winter snow and rain will reduce the pleasure of the journey.
The most striking urban area in this Caspian city is the main boulevard called Moallem (previously known as CAsino Boulevard), as it connects to downtown Ramsar. The boulevard has a special beautiful landscape that is worth the walk from the sea to the end.
Natural Landscape of Ramsar City
Ramsar Hot Springs
In this city, there are natural springs containing sulfur. The water of the springs is carbonated and, from the perspective of traditional Iranian medicine, it has a therapeutic effect. Many travelers visit Ramsar to benefit from the traditional medicine feature of the spa.
Ramsar Gondola Lift
The city’s gondola lift offers a wide view of nature by passing over a lush natural forest that covers the mountains. The gondola lift passes a distance of two kilometers long, extending from the coast of the Caspian Sea to the high mountain peaks. By this gondola lift, you will fly over the city.
The village of Javaher Deh
Javaher Deh is one of the most beautiful villages in Ramsar. Local people called it Joor Deh in the past that means “the village high up”.
The winding road leading to Javaher Deh has unique natural scenery and provides memorable and unforgettable travel moments. It is better to plan for a trip to Javaher Deh in the spring and summer because, in late autumn and winter, the road leading to the village is snowy and has unstable weather condition.
Additionally, with a height of two thousand meters above sea level, Javaher Deh faces on three sides to the mountains. It is interesting to mention that a part of the battle of Mirzakuchak Khan, an Iranian revolutionary, and nationalist of Gilan province, with government forces occurred in this village. That is why Javaher Deh has historic value.
The Cultural Landscape of Ramsar City
The museum is located in a building called Marmar (meaning marble) Palace. Local people call it “Tamashagah-e Khazar” that means “Caspian Museum”.
The museum is located in the middle of a 30-hectare garden. Its architectural style is eclectic, a combination of Iranian and European architecture. The eclectic architecture in the first Pahlavi era was very popular among architects because, in this period, the styles of Western architecture influenced Iranian architects. It is interesting to mention that the other name of this museum is the Garden and Palace of the first Pahlavi in Ramsar.
On the other hand, when you enter the palace in the 30-hectare garden, a high ceiling with glamorous stuccos, and decorated with white color, will catch your eyes. Four stone pillars hold this giant roof. Tiger reliefs and some bronze and marble statues decorate the pillars.
If you are interested in history and culture, be sure to visit the Garden and Palace of the first Pahlavi and the 30-hectare garden. In Ramsar palace museum, you can see the mesmerizing objects such as old paintings, expensive Iranian handmade rugs, charming crystal-made vessels, and artistic wood carvings.
Ramsar Historical Hotel
Being a casino before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the hotel building connects to the Caspian Sea through a two-kilometer boulevard. The hotel is located between the forest and the sea, with a classic Iranian architecture that somehow looks like the architecture of the Garden and Palace of the first Pahlavi. The rooms are also available in two types:
- Sea-View Rooms
- Forest-View Rooms
On the other hand, the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran registered the Ramsar Hotel on National Heritage List for historical reasons. This four-star hotel offers rooms in both the old building (dating back to 1933) and the new one (1967).
As the cultural and natural attractions are located in the city center, the access is very easy for visitors.
When you enter the main boulevard leading to the Ramsar Hotel, you will notice a symmetrical view of nature and beauty, as if you look at a photo of a professional photographer.
Why You Should Travel to Ramsar
Visiting the cultural-natural landscape of Ramsar and its beauty can be an opportunity to be acquainted with the history and nature of the northern Iranian coastline. The location of Ramsar and its attractions such as shopping malls, restaurants, and entertainment, attract many domestic and foreign tourists.
If you desire to see another face of Iran different from the center of this country and experience a different culture in Iran, we suggest you visit Ramsar and its natural and cultural landscape.