Ecotourism in nature and rural areas has some special features and attractions. By creating the appropriate conditions for using these natural resources and special attractions in rural areas, it can be one of the best, most beautiful, and memorable trips. It is also very effective in preserving the rich traditional rural culture and increasing their income and employment.
One of the methods of using this nature and the attractive conditions of rural environment is the exploitation of the same conditions, traditional facilities, and places, rural people, houses with old and traditional texture, agricultural products and livestock and dairy of the village itself. Also, the high tourism capacity of each village is without any change in the nature and manner of presentation or use of it.
Rural tourism does not only include agricultural tourism but also covers all activities that tourists perform in rural areas. Therefore, people visit various rural areas for different reasons with different motives and will participate in many tourism activities. For this reason, there are certain types of tourism in rural areas that depend on the destination characteristics and the travel motivation of travelers.
- Natural tourism
- Cultural tourism
- Village Tourism
- Farm tourism
Nowadays villagers have to do various activities in agriculture, livestock, handicrafts, or services to make money and spend their living in the countryside. There are many capacities in the villages of Iran that can boost our rural tourism; one of these capacities is village tourism. This style of tourism requires special management and planning which the Tourists not only visit the natural scenery and landscapes of those places but also meet the customs and culture of the village.
Tourists are interested in buying village products such as handicrafts, local products, traditional foods and this means increasing the income of the villagers who operate directly or indirectly in this industry. Rural tourism is important from two aspects: one as a widespread global activity, and the other emphasizing the development of regional and local policies. Attention to rural tourism has increased globally for the following reasons: Creating employment and income generation, tourism satisfaction, and environmental protection.
One of the most important tourism features in Iran is about 50,000 villages with different cultures and traditions. One of the most important activities in rural tourism in Iran and introducing this section of tourism to travelers is the establishment of rural houses equipped for this purpose. Many of these villages are located in historic regions such as Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman, and Shiraz. Also, some of these rural homes are located in desert or forest areas that are very suitable for recognizing these particular areas of tourism. Rural houses in Iran are a place that attracts the "tourist" With the transfer of the Iranian sense and experience of Iranian life with different ethnics on basis of Iranian hospitality.
Iranian hospitality flows in the spirit of each Iranian and by changing the climatic and ethnic geography, it creates a new model. This is one of the most important attractions that attract tourists to Iran. Sitting around a table, drinking tea and Herbal Tea, eating fruit and nuts, enjoying Iranian customs and ceremonies, repeated compliments to respect the guests, are the things that interest the tourists to visit Iran. One of the examples of Iranian hospitality can be seen at the rural resorts.
Rural tourism is keeping alive the rural life, culture, and lifestyle of different parts of the world.