10 things you probably didn’t know about Iran

It’s not all sand dunes : If you think Iran is a country made up entirely of arid desert plains, think again. Not only does it have plenty of mountains (and half a dozen volcanoes), head for the peaks of the Alborz Mountains – only a few hours from Tehran – and you’ll discover several ski resorts! The two main ski resorts are Dizin and Shemshak. Dizin is the largest and, at 2,650 metres, it’s higher than Europe’s highest resort. Shemshak is slightly lower but the slopes are steeper and more challenging – perfect for snowboarders and more experienced skiers.