Iran’s capital is concrete and noisy, but every once in a while you’ll stumble across an oasis of serenity. Tehran is in fact home to a number of impressive, often ingeniously landscaped parks, which offer the perfect respite. We list the best 21st-century incarnations of the Persian garden here.
Literally meaning “Water and Fire,” Ab-o-Atash is a recently opened park in north Tehran that should be enjoyed despite, if not because, of its gimmicky premise. There are several water features around the park, ideal for children to play in on hot days, as well as four imposing fire towers that sporadically blast out large flames skywards. In addition to this, there’s a host of restaurants and cafés, badminton nets, and even an amphitheater that regularly houses spectacles of one kind or another. The park is also connected to Taleghani Forest Park by the multi-awarding winning Tabiat Bridge.
Just a few blocks north of the Grand Bazaar, Park-e Shahr (“City Park”) is one of the oldest parks in Tehran, and a great place to relax when in the southern half of the city. With its shady boulevards and luxuriant flowerbeds, the park is a delight to behold and wander around in. There is an excellent traditional restaurant in the centre of the park, as well as a small aviary garden and a lake, which offers facilities for the ultimate park-based pastime of pedalos.