Bandar-e Anzali is one of the most important tourist cities, one of the most important economic centers and one of the sport poles in Iran, and is the central part of Anzali city. This city has the first and the largest port in Iran on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea and is located in Gilan province. The city of Anzali, after the center of the province (Rasht), is the second most populous city of Gilan province and one of the densest cities of Iran in terms of population density. It has been named Anzali since ancient times and has been a major economic and civilization link in the east and west during the centuries. Bandar-e Anzali is a safe harbor for large commercial and fishing vessels.
According to statistics, the city is the most rainy city in Iran. The city of Anzali has a humid climate and rainfall is very high, with an average of 1892 mm of rainfall annually reported in the city, with relative humidity fluctuating between 71 and 97 percent in the year. The highest rainfall was reported in September and October with 9.440 mm.
The city of Anzali is located in the west of Guilan province, and due to boundaries with the Caspian coast and the international Anzali Lagoon, it is composed of several islands and peninsula which are connected to each other via bridges.
Bandar-e Anzali is connected to the Caspian Sea from the north, from the south to the Monastery Sara, from the east to Rasht and from the west to the city of Rezvanshahr. The city of Bandar-e Anzali is located in a quite plain area, longitudinal and on the coast of the Caspian Sea. Part of the natural environment of this city is the sea (40 km coastal strip) and another important part is the valuable ecosystem of Anzali Lagoon. Anzali distance to Tehran is 380 km, up to 40 km to the center of the province and 35 km to the first airport.
Caspian Sea species are the main souvenir of this city, but there are also a variety of local vegetables, olives, garlic and local marinades for delivery to travelers. Bandar-e Anzali is the center for producing many wooden handicrafts. The fish market and the local market of Saturday market is an opportunity to buy souvenirs or local food for a stay in this coastal city.
The Caspian Sea, the sandy beaches, Anzali International Lagoon, Anzali and Ghazi Historical Bridges, the Beach Park (Navy Blvd.), the Naval Museum Palace, the Breakwater, the Clock Tower and the Old Court Building are some of Anzali’s spectacular views. Free trade and economic zone and strategic location of the Anzali city in terms of roads, attracts a large number of domestic and foreign tourists annually.