Ardabil Province attracts a large number of tourists due to its favorable cool weather. The northwestern province has natural wonders, historical monuments, many tourist attractions as well as scores of mineral water springs.

Fandoqlou Forest

Fandoqlou Forest is located 10kms southeast of the city of Namin. It is the largest hazelnut hub of the country and annually hosts tens of thousands of visitors.

Neor Lake

The slopes of Baghru Heights, which is 35kms to the southeast of Ardabil, have a beautiful lake named Neor. Neor Lake, which is located 2,500 meters above sea level, has a unique biodiversity.

Shorabil Lake

Shorabil Lake boasts healing minerals and a picturesque landscape. It is a sightseeing site and the main habitat for migratory birds.

Sabalan Heights

Sabalan, with an altitude of 4,811 meters, is the third highest peak in Iran. It is an inactive volcano. There is a small lake on top of the summit. Sablan is also home to Alvares Ski Resort.




Sarein is located 25kms from the provincial capital of Ardabil on the slopes of Sabalan Heights. It is considered one of the top ten tourism hubs of Iran. Most of the tourists to Ardabil Province stopover in Sarein.

Ardebil Village

Andebil Village is located near the city of Khalkhal. Andebil Ski Resort is located to the northeast Khalkhal. Several winter sports festivals have been held there in recent years.

Ardabil mausoleums

The mausoleums of Sheikh Safieddin Ardabili and Sheikh Kalkhoran are symbols of Islamic-Iranian architecture.

Sheikh Safieddin Mausoleum is located near Ardabil’s Aali-Qapu Square. It also includes a mosque, library and school.

The mausoleum has an Islamic architecture.

Sheikh Kalkhoran Mausoleum belongs to Aminoddin Jebreil, the father of Sheikh Safieddin Es’haq, the ancestor of Safavid kings. It is located in Kalkhoran Village in Ardabil.


Ardabil is well known for its carpets, honey, sweets, roasted sunflower seeds, felt products, woodworks and earthenware. Its traditional food is 'Aash-e Doogh'-a sour yoghurt soup with chickpeas and vegetables.

Ardabil climate

Ardabil province is situated in a mountainous region whose altitude averages 3,000 meters above sea level. It is very cold in winter and mild in summer. The city of Ardabil is usually recorded as one of the coldest cities of the country in winter.