as the bathing resort of the Caspian and by far the most beautiful
site of the whole coast, it is unique in terms of scenery
including forest, forested hills, and proximity to the Caspian
beach. Wooded hills roll down nearly to the beach itself while the
powerful outlines of the Alborz mountains range from an impressive
background. The last Shah built a palace (now a pa/ace museum,
or Muzeh kakh-e Shah) in the thickly wooded hill
overlooking Ramsar, the setting of which is one of the most
magnificent anywhere along the Caspian coast.
thin coast strip is covered with rich vegetation including palm
and orange trees among the flower beds. There isn't much in the
way of activities here, nor is there much of historical or
architectural interest, but the breathtaking scenery is enough for
most holiday makers. Since the mountain stops only a few hundred
meters short of the coast in this point, the town is squeezed into
little more than one main street, and the natural limits to its
development have helped to make this the most attractive of the
Ramsar's two luxury hotels are constructed on two adjacent
terraces looking out upon a restful landscape. The oldest hotel,
today looking more like a museum than a hotel, has an
old-fashioned charm as well: extra-ordinary cast-iron statues
covered with aluminum paint produce a wildly rococo effect.
new hotel designed as a modern accommodation equipped with all
facilities for the tourists, forms a large white splash amidst the
greenery. A long alley of palm- trees leads from both hotels to
the beach. The hotels have six restaurants with qualified
personnel capable of providing the tourists not only with all
sorts of services but also excellent local and foreign dishes.
Furthermore, other facilities such as the handicrafts shop,
bookstore, prayers hall, volleyball ground, swimming pools (for
both sexes), cinema, children's play ground, a number of mineral
water springs; post and telecommunications, and finally a
convenient and spacious parking lot for those traveling by car,
are provided for you. Towards Chalus, the forest sweeps down to
picnic sites have been organized under the oaks and elms. There
are motels and places of entertainment along the coastal road.
Towards Rasht and Bandar-e Anzali. the landscape widens up as one
approaches the Sefid Rud river delta. Tea plantations and rice
paddies occupy all the land.