Anzali Port or “Bandar-e Anzali” is a city in Gilan Province, Iran. It is the oldest and biggest port on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. Anzali is also the base for Iranian navy forces in the Caspian Sea.
Bandar-e Anzali consists of an island called Mianposhteh and the surrounding lands. The Anzali Lagoon divides the Anzali Port in two parts. The city is connected by two bridges to the Beheshti Island.
Anzali is one of the most important cities in Iran in terms of tourism, military economics, and athletics. At the 2011 census, its population was 144,664.
Anzali is one of the main tourism destinations of Iran. Tourist attractions of Anzali include: the clock tower called “Manareh”, the long harbour promenade, and the water-logged delta and beach along the Sefid Rud, Anzali wonderful lagoon, Customs and City Hall edifice (Shahrdari), Mian Poshte Palace and Motamedi Edifice.
Bandar-e Anzali has a humid subtropical climate. It has the most humid climate of any city in Iran. The warm and humid weather has allowed this region to grow crops such as rice and tea that require very large amounts of moisture, especially with the extra water draining from the Elburz Mountains. Bandar-e Anzali is also a center of caviar production.
Anzali has always been a hub for sport in Iran especially for the soccer, which is very popular in the city. Malavan-e Anzali is one of the most famous soccer teams in Iran.The majority of Anzali people are Shia muslims, although there is a sizeable Armenian Christian minority. The people of Anzali speak Gilaki as the maternal language and Persian as the national language. We will visit the port on Persian Food Tour.