Sarein is a city in Ardabil Province, Iran. Sarein is known for its hot springs. The population is about 8000 and increases to more than 20000 in the summer because of the many tourists who go there due to the charming climate. It stands 25 km from Ardabil and the total area is 1.28 square km2.
The Sarein springs are near an inactive volcano in mount Sabalan and its water contains sulphur and it is believed that it is good for bone and joint pains.
The word Sarein in the Persian dictionary means “Spring’s Outlet”.
The climate and hot springs are the first attractions to tourists who travel to this region from different parts of Iran and the world.
Sarein is also famous for its ‘Ashe Doogh’ (Yogurt Soups), during the busy summer periods, it is not uncommon for many of the local shops to be seen selling and preparing this soup.
Hot springs (spa) have always been in Sarein but the 1990 Manjil–Rudbar earthquake caused some of them to get colder or hotter. The water is heated largely by the Sabalan mountain which is Iran’s second-highest mountain after Damavand.
Many tourists visit Sabalan. Its most interesting feat is the ‘crater’ top which contains a lake of acidic water.
Sarein is also very famous for its honey, again like the soup, many of Sarein’s shops sell honey which is produced locally by the Beekeepers of the area.
The main language of Sarein is the Azeri dialect, however, Persian is understood.
There are 9 hot springs in Sarein, with ‘Gavmesh Goli’ being the hottest, with water reaching 67 degrees, and turning out around 80 litres per second from the source. There are also several cold water springs nearby, with the most popular being situated in a small village nearby called ‘Vila Dareh’ – the water here is fizzy and is very good for the kidneys.
The climate is by far a great asset, and many Iranians from Tehran and other big cities escape to the tranquillity and good weather that Sarein has to offer.
Qarah Soo (A’saab) Thermal Spring
Sari Soo Thermal Spring
Gavmish Goli Thermal Spring
General Thermal Spring
Besh Bajilar Thermal Spring
Qahveh Suei Thermal Spring
Pehenlu Thermal Spring