Gilan or Guilan is a beautiful region of Iran along the coast of the Caspian Sea. The forested coastal plains rise up quickly into the Alborz Mountains. Rasht is a city in the north of Iran around 40 kilometers from the shore of the Caspian Sea. Gilan has a humid temperate climate with plenty of annual rainfall. Alborz range provides further diversity to the land in addition to the Caspian coasts. A large part of the province is mountainous, evergreen and forested. The coastal plain along the Caspian Sea is similar to that of Mazandaran.