Most of those who travel to Iran just visit the main classic cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd and Shiraz. But more brilliant ones choose Persian Gulf islands too. One of the best choices you can have to know culture at Persian Gulf is travelling to Qeshm Island. This is the largest island in Iran with distinctive geography and attractions. If you like to know this island more, just read the following article written by Iran Destination, Iran travel agency.
Where is Qeshm Island?
Qeshm is an island located in Persian Gulf, which is actually the largest among all Persian islands. This island is a free trade zone. So what does it mean? Yes, you can travel to Qeshm without visa and you can stay there for 14 days. Qeshm is a dolphin-shaped island, the geographical, natural and cultural attractions of which make it so popular among visitors. Many of the attractions in Qeshm Island are registered on UNESCO. It has about 118,000 people population and also it has been strategically important during the history of Iran.
Qeshm tourist attractions
If you’re looking for what to do in Qeshm Island, you can read the following part and visit all these amazing attractions when you travel to Qeshm:
Hengam is an island attached to Qeshm in southern parts, so it is considered part of it. This is where you can see so many dolphins when you pass by a boat. When you arrive at the island, you’ll be surprised by the traditional colorful dresses women wear. Of course these dresses can be found in all over Qeshm Island and sometimes in the whole islands of Persian Gulf, each having a special type. Do not forget to stop at the main village and taste samosas made of fish and shrimp. If you take an Iran tour by our Iran tour operator, you can have all you want included in your itinerary. So do not worry about anything.
There is an 8,000 hectare forest exactly behind Qeshm’s northern fin. This forest is locally called Hara, or mangrove forest. The amazing point about this forest is that the mangroves disappear during the high tide and again appear during the low tide. Another fact about them is that the roots are in salt water, but their system allows just the sweet water to the reach the leaves. You can also enjoy bird watching in this area.
Chahkooh is literally an incredible natural wonder in Qeshm Island. First of all, make sure you visit there with a professional guide. This canyon is similar to the stars valley in some senses, but it has its own beauties. Chahkooh Canyon is made as a result of erosion from rainwater on sedimentary stones. At first, you’ll see a wide pass, but as you approach further, it gets narrower and narrower. The patterns are really breathtaking.
There is another island you’ll enjoy to visit and it’s located on the southern coast of Qeshm island. This is also included in Qeshm. During the low tide, you can enjoy the soft sand of the beach which is full of colorful coral and seashells. You may see cars and trucks racing in this stretch of land. But when it comes to the high tide, you’ll be shocked to see all this area covered by water. So be careful not to get into trouble during the high tide.
Stars valley is very popular among Iranians and nowadays among foreign visitors. But why is it named as the valley of stars? That’s because of its rocky shapes, as if it is coming from another planet. These shapes are made as a result of erosion by precipitation during years. This valley is made of marl and sandstone and in parts you’ll see tall formations similar to canyon paths, and in other parts there will be hollowed-out spaces. Try to visit this site at the end of the day to see the sunset and the reflection of light off the walls.
Laft has been a traditional fishing village in Persian Gulf for centuries. This city is more conservative than other parts of Qeshm. The most amazing part of Laft is its Wind Catchers. You have for sure heard the name of Yazd city as the city of wind catchers. But here again you can find a rival for Yazd. Just take a look at the panoramic skyline of the city. Aside from the wind catchers, there are also some water reservoirs in Laft, which are still in use today. Men also here wear their traditional cloths.
Namakdan Salt Cave
Namakdan salt cave is another attraction in Qeshm Island which is worth visiting. This is the longest cave in the world, being 6,850 meters long. You can find it in the southeastern part of Qeshm Island. The cave has long corridors leading to fantastic domes decorated with salty chandeliers and white stalactites.
When is the best time to visit Qeshm Island? Actually, if you have read our article about travelling to Iran in winter, you’ll find Qeshm Island as one of the destinations to be recommended during winter trips to Iran. During winter, the temperature in Qeshm is about 23-28 degrees and that’s fabulous. In summer, the temperature reaches 45 degrees. So if you cannot bear it, you’d better go there during times other than summer.
How to go to Qeshm Island?
Iran Destination, which is a well-known Iran Travel agent, tries to satisfy all foreign visitors of Iran. So it offers different Iran tour Packages. Beside all our Iran tours, you can tailor made an Iran tour for yourself, based on your own interests. Let it be Qeshm Island, or any other place in Iran, Iran Destination will be proud to arrange your travel to Iran. So do not hesitate to contact us.