Ramsar is the western-most county and city in Iran's northern province of Mazandaran. It borders the Caspian Sea to the north, Gilan Province to the west, Qazvin Province to the south, and Tonekabon to the east.
Known 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 commanding contour of the Alborz Mountains range form an impressive background. The last monarch built a palace in the thickly wooded hill overlooking Ramsar — the setting of which is one of the most magnificent anywhere along the Caspian coast.
The thin coastal strip is covered with rich vegetation including palm groves and orange orchards 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 seaside resorts.
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: Extraordinary cast-iron statues covered with aluminum paint produce a wildly rococo effect.
The 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, the visitors can also take advantage of other facilities such as the handicrafts shop, bookstore, prayers hall, volleyball ground, swimming pools, cinema, children's playground, a number of mineral water springs; post and telecommunications and finally a convenient and spacious parking lot for those traveling by car.