A bustling metropolis of 14 million people, Tehran is the political, economic and cultural capital of Iran.
Clogged with traffic and choked with smog, it's not the most immediately inviting of Iran's cities. From ancient artifacts to modern art, Qurans to carpets, Tehran is home to the best of Iran's museums and galleries.
Iran does have a strict dress code, so do not forget to pack a headscarf in your hand luggage. You MUST be wearing this the moment you exit the plane and are officially in Iran. You must wear a headscarf the entire time you are there (except when in your hotel room) and loose clothing that covers your body. You don’t have to wear a burka or anything that fully covers you.
Once in the city, you will find that more liberal Iranian women let their headscarves drift back over stylish hairdos - a petty but pertinent sign that Islamic restrictions are not to everyone's taste. Contrary to popular belief, black clothes are not required. Many women wear the brightest hues you can imagine.
The media has portrayed Iran as a terrorist drive, anti-American, burka-wearing society. While there are rules to follow, general travel is safe. There is virtually no gun violence and very little violent crime in Tehran.
Undoubtedly, the most outstanding characteristic feature that sticks to your mind is Iran’s people. They’re warm, friendly and very good hosts.
Because there aren’t any bars or clubs in Tehran, young Iranians go to the theater, watch live music, hang out in cafes or shop at the night markets.
For digital nomads, Tehran poses a few problems with regards to the daily work necessities. The internet in Iran is not in a good condition and high speed, connections aren’t stable and you can expect dropouts times during your browsing session.
You should plan on relying on your 3G connection via a SIM card instead. You should also install VPN apps (both on your laptop and smartphone/tablet) before getting to Iran as the country has restricted web browsing and access to software.
Due to sanctions, Iran is cut off from international money systems. This means your Visa or MasterCard won't work most of the time. You would have to bring cash with you.