A great place to spend at least a couple of days, Shiraz was a contrast from the vastness of Tehran, with a relatively compact old town and some phenomenal mosques.
Masjed-e Nasir Al-Molo (Pink Mosque)
Worth getting to when it opens at 7.30am to enjoy the light streaming through the stained glass, though the exterior would have been better lit later in the day. Was wonderful to have the place pretty much to myself for a little while.
Arg-e Karim Khan Zand citadel
Newer than it looks, it was originally built as a rather robust palace, before being converted into a jail. I didn’t go inside but liked the elaborate brick work of the exterior, and the one sunken corner.
Qajar Rock reliefs
Up the hillside from the Quran Gate are a maze of half formed paths leading to a cave, some carvings, cafes, and some rather good views worth the scramble, though perhaps not a good idea in the midday heat.
You’re never that far from a mosque in Iran, and Shiraz was no exception. Bi Bi Dokhtaran was the the closest mosque to my hotel in the old town. It didn’t look very well used but had some beautiful flowers in the garden.