Tourist Attractions & Activities in Yazd Province
Yazd, the 8th largest province in the country, covers an area of 73,477 sq. km on the border of Dashte Kavir desert. As one of the oldest inhabited provinces in Iran, Yazd now populates 1,004,770 people spread in its ten counties. It is bounded by South Khorasan and Isfahan on the north, Kerman and Fars on the south, South Khorasan and Kerman on the east, Fars and Isfahan on the west. The province is centered in the adobe city of Yazd, which has been entirely recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Site. As a Zoroastrian center in the Sassanid era, Yazd is the last surviving center of Zoroastrianism in Iran.
The province dates from 5th century AD, but it was mainly developed in the 12th and 13th centuries when the Atabegs ruled over Yazd. Being located at the center of Iran, this province owes its reputation in part to its location on the silk road and the road connecting the west to the east of the country.
While this province has an arid climate, the snow melting from its mountains such as Shirkoh, creates several patches and oases which cool the fever of the summer and make Yazd the bride of the desert.
The province is filled with historical sites such as Zoroastrian temples, wind catchers and historical houses. It is also famous for its traditional sweets and handicrafts notably silk weaving and mosaics.