If you’re ever lucky enough to go to Iran one place you have to go is Isfahan. There are many reasons I say this – the mosques, palaces, caravanserais, madrassas and even churches and cathedrals, but you should also check out Isfahan’s nightlife.
Now I can’t promise you night clubs or late night bars, but what you will find is Iranians enjoying their evenings in the parks and on the bridges that can be found all along the Zayandeh river. Afer dark the place comes alive with people socialising in the riverside parks, men fishing along the river and people enjoying the cool night air on the floodlit bridges.
Isfahan (Esfahan) has several bridges including the Marnan bridge, the 11th century Pol-e Sharestan bridge, the 17th century Pol-e Khaju bridge, the Pol-e Joui bridge and my favourite the 33 arch Si-o-Se Pol (Bridge of 33 arches) which was built for Shah Abbas the Great in the early 17th century.
The Si-ose Pol looks beautiful when floodlit and the local Isfahanis love to hang out on the bridge – some groups meet up to sing songs in the arches and you’ll often see romantic young couples sitting together watching the waters of the Zayandeh river flow by.
Here are some more pictures of the parks and bridges along the Zayandeh river in Isfahan, Iran: