Gilan or Guilan is a beautiful region of Iran along the coast of the Caspian Sea. The forested coastal plains rise up quickly into the Alborz Mountains. Rasht is a city in the north of Iran around 40 kilometers from the shore of the Caspian Sea.

This region in the North of Iran and South of Caspian Sea, has been of interest in this study due to its specific potential of visiting. Nature of Gilan province with mild climate, dense forests, and beautiful landscapes such as sea, waterfalls, forest-covered mountains and plenty of flowing rivers, green gardens and countryside has created potentials for different types of activities.

Cultural and historical richness of Gilan along with a large diversity of local lifestyle let this province to be a candidate for Ecotourism. All these above come up with the necessity of further developing of ecotourism in Gilan in the international scale.

Visit Gilan and Masouleh with SURFIRAN Travel and Tours
Visit Gilan and Masouleh with SURFIRAN Travel and Tours

Get in

By plane

The Rasht airport (☎ +981333727001-3) is serviced by domestic Iran Airlines (Iran Air, Taban, Kish, Aseman, Caspian, Aseman, Zagros and Naft).

Direct domestic flights are available to Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Kish, Ahwaz, Asalouyeh, and Bandar Abbas. Direct international flights is available to Istanbul, Turkey. From the airport, you can take a taxi to to Rasht city center. 8km of the city center (~20 minutes).

By car

Like everywhere in Iran Rasht is well connected with Tehran and neighboring towns by bus. You can use the Azadi Terminal (Tehran West Bus Terminal) to take Bus (~15 USD) or Taxi to Rasht. From Tehran to Rasht  350km North of the Tehran (~4 Hours). A private taxi also is very cheap, about 40 USD.


  • The Shahrdari .Rasht’s most identifiable landmark, its colonial style tempered by a token mini-dome topping a distinctive whitewashed tower. It looks great when floodlit at night.
  • The Jelveh Building . A heritage building' is Rasht’s first private high-rise and identifiable landmark, erected circa 1931, with its distinctive French-Russian architectural.
  • Rasht Museum is small, but well presented in a 1930s house. Its mannequin displays illustrate Gilaki lifestyle, amid a selection of 3000-year-old terracotta riton drinking horns in the shape of bulls, rams and deer. Supping from such vessels supposedly endowed the drinker with the powers and skills of the animal depicted.
  • Golsar
  • Shahre-yaran
  • Manzariyeh
  • Tarditional Bazaar
  • Guilan Rural Heritage Museum, Saravan- Shaft road, before police station, 18th km of Rasht- Qazvin freeway,
  • Mirza Kouchak Khan Tomb
  • Mirza Kouchak Khan House The horseman statue is Kuchuk Khan, the Jangali leader of ‘Soviet Iran'. A steady flow of well-wishers visit his mausoleum on Manzariyeh St, sheltered by a contemporary brick gazebo with intricate wooden roof.
  • Danaye Ali is topped with a faceted pyramid of blue tiling.
  • National Library
  • Sabz-e Meydan
Guilan Roodbaneh Traditional House


Firstly you must go & see the area named as Golsar in the north of the city, it's the most modernized section of the city, you can find the youth roaming over there, beautiful shops & restaurants, & other occasions make you find yourself in a European country in the middle of an Asian civilization.

Golsar pronaunced golsâr is a suburb of Rasht, the capital of the northern Iranian province of Guilan. Golsar used to be a very small neighborhood so that a chain gate had been put at the entrance before 1979. A few security guards were always monitoring and taking care of this gate. During the past couple of decades the demand for living in Golsar raised so that the area of this neighborhood started to grow rapidly. This area of Rasht is now the most expensive place in the city to purchase a house or apartment. Golsar is filled with many shops, restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops, and is the most popular place for teenagers and young adults to meet and socialize with peers. This crowd is due to an opportunity for young girls and guys to meet each other and exchange their phone numbers for either long-term or short-term relationships.

  • Masouleh historical village is a spectacular little village built on such a steep slope that the roads inside the village lie on the roofs of the houses below. A walk around town is very pleasant.
  • Bandar-e-Anzali is Iran's main Caspian port. You will see fish markets and large ships from the other countries around the Caspian. For IR 200,000 per hour for an entire boat you can go on a motorboat ride through the harbor and into the large lagoon. The boat drivers often suggest that since you are in “Lagoonland” women should be allowed to remove their headscarves. It is a good opportunity since after wearing the scarf for long a breeze through the hair on a motorboat is most welcome!
  • Golestan National Park. As a vast, unspoiled and intact natural reserve situated both in the south-east of the scenic Caspian Sea and 70 km away from historic city of Gonbad-Ghabous, Golestan Natural Park constitutes one of the richest and most significant habitat and sanctuary of variant types of vegetation and wildlife. Over 150 species of mountain birds as well as brown bears, tigers, wild cats, deers, mountain goats, foxes and coyotes are among the beautiful and rare inhabitants of this 10,000 ha long splendid natural park.


The artworks made by craftsmen of Gilan province are very specialized and largely various in types and materials.

The most well- known handicrafts of Gilan are; decorative and utilitarian articles in wood, wicker work, statues, pottery, ceramics, bamboo products, straw mats, silk weaves, carpet weaving include gelims and Jajim (fine carpets made of wool or cotton), felting and crochet. Different kinds of jam and sweets are also produced by local people such as Kolucheh which has nation-wide fame.