Ramsar, known as the bride of Iranian cities, is the westernmost county and city in Mazandaran. It borders the Caspian Sea to the north, Gilan province to the west, Qazvin Province to the south, and Tonekabon to the east.
Ramsar lies on the coast of the Caspian Sea. It was also known as Sakhtsar in the past. The native people in Ramsar are Gilaks although there are also Mazandarani people living there. They speak the Gilaki language (eastern dialect) although the style they speak has been influenced by the Mazandarani language, making it slightly different than the Gilaki (eastern dialect) spoken in Gilan.
The natives of Ramsar call their dialect "Ramsari" as its a combination of Eastern Gilaki and Royan/Western Mazandarani (Mazandarani-Gilaki dialect). They are also able to speak standard Persian, the official language of Iran.
Old Hotel of Ramsar
One of the main attractions of the city is Ramsar Old Hotel, which is often used as a film location, due to its unique Art Deco design. This 80-year-old hotel has a beautiful view of the Caspian Sea.
The city was also a vacation spot for the Pahlavis (1925-1979), who built a single-story marble palace (Marmar Palace) in the city, which has since been turned into the Caspian Museum.
There are more than 9 hot springs with different concentrations of radium in Ramsar that are used as spas by both tourists and residents. The hot mineral springs located at the heart of this city have therapeutic properties and are said to benefit those suffering from rheumatism, skin disorders and joint pain. Javaher Deh Village is one of the popular natural attractions of the city.
Hot water containing different concentrations of Radium flows through streams.
The city, which connects the Caspian provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran, has Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and cool and humid winters. Ramsar is more humid and green due to moisture from the Caspian sea.