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Long avoided by tourists, Iran is suddenly a hot destination

The grand Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan, Iran, is a Unesco-listed site with mosques, a palace, and bazaar. Europeans are flocking to the country, seeking an adventurous vacation - particularly people from Spain, France and Scandinavia. More visitors are coming from the US too.


FOR all of Iran's attractions - breathtaking scenery and numerous World Heritage sites, among other things - there are plenty of downsides to vacationing in the Islamic republic. Alcohol is forbidden. There is very little night life, at least in public. All women, including

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