Experiencing Shiraz Through Walking Around

Shiraz Walking Routes

Marjan Mahjoob Feb 18, 2019 4 min read

If you want to spend some time walking around Shiraz, I have a complete schedule for you. There are several walking routes which will make for a pleasant experience for a visitor in Shiraz. In this article, I will talk about three different options: the historical track, the garden track and the shopping track. You can always walk around your accommodation area, but if you are planning to get the most of your walking tour, you might want to consult this guide.

Historical Track

In a historical city like Shiraz, the historical track could be the best of the bunch. So if you are up to a magical walk to the past you just need to take this path:

  • Start your journey at Shahrdari Square and walk around Arg of Karim Khan.
  • Wend your way to Taleqani Street and walk by the western walls of the old bazaar.
  • After 8 minutes of walking, you will arrive at Lotf Ali Khan Zand Street.
  • Keep tracking to the south and you will find yourself near Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (the Pink Mosque) and Qavam House (Narenjestan Qavam) in about 12 minutes.
The Pink Mosque
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque-The southern portico and courtyard
Naranjestan-e Qavam
Qavam House-View of the yard and the building
  • From here you can experience walking along one of the oldest routes of the historical part of the city. Enter the narrow alley between Qavam House and Zinat Al-Molouk House, named Sang Daghaghiha alley, and discover the feeling of walking in the past!
Historical Alley
An old narrow alley in historical part of Shiraz
  • There are several traditional houses in this alley like Parhami Traditional House and Saraye Fil. You can stop by, have a drink and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • After about 6 minutes you will arrive at Zand Street. Here, you can take a taxi to most parts of the city or walk back to Shahrdari Square (which will take you about 25 minutes).

Garden Track

If you want to experience a non-historical route for walking, continue reading because we have a completely different suggestion for you! Although Shiraz is close to central Iranian deserts, it is a city of greenery and scenic charm. In addition to its historical gardens, Shiraz has many parks and green spaces which can make up an enjoyable walking tour. So let’s set off:

A garden center on Mirza Koochak Khan Street
  • Start your trip from Qasrodasht Square. Walk to the north for 14 minutes until you arrive at Kadivar alley.
  • There are some exclusive garden centers on both sides of Mirza Koochak Khan Street in your way.
  • You can spend more time here to visit every garden, enjoy the weather and maybe talk to locals.
A garden center on Mirza Koochak Khan Street
  • If you are done with these gardens and still feel like continue walking, enter Kadivar Alley and keep walking until you arrive at Saheb Al-Amri Street.
  • Then turn right and walk to the north. After 5 minutes you will find yourself surrounded by delightful four-season gardens. You can walk here as long as you want. Then turn back to Qasrodasht Square from the same route.

Shopping Track

Buying souvenirs is an important part of every trip. Here’s an interesting walking route that will take you to the bazaar where you can shop for souvenirs to bring back to your country.

  • Start from Shahrdari Square. Walk to the western entrance of Vakil Bazaar. This entrance is located next to the Vakil Mosque’s entrance.
  • As you walk in, you will find yourself in an enchanting world of colors and smells. You can experience the magical feeling of walking through history because the magnificent bazaar dates back to around 200 years ago.
Vakil Bazaar
Vakil Bazaar-Fars nomadic rugs
  • In the middle of the first hall, on your left, you will see another entrance leading to a scenic yard; here is Saraye Fil. You can just walk around this place or take a seat and have some Shirazi drink, tea or coffee.
Vakil Bazaar
Vakil Bazaar-Saraye Fil
  • Go back to the first hall and continue walking to the end.
  • Then turn right and go on until you reach a junction.
  • Turn left here and continue your way to Saraye Moshir; the entrance of this courtyard will be at your left. Saraye Moshir is the main destination of our shopping track. You can spend as much time here as you want!
Vakil Bazaar
Vault ceiling of Saraye Moshir’s entrance

While walking in Vakil Bazaar, you can find Persian and Fars Nomadic rugs, traditional clothing, spices and various kind of handicrafts and antiques.

Vakil Bazaar
Vakil Bazaar-Spice shop

This walking tour will take around 3-5 hours of your time. I suggest starting at around 9:30 AM and ending it with a delicious Shirazi lunch at one of the restaurants around bazaar.

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