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Welcome to National Geo site of Iran. Qeshm is the largest island of Persian Gulf that is located across Bandar-e Abbas harbor. This is known as the largest Island of Gulf by having 135 km length toward Hormuz straight and about 37 km width toward Oman coast, however, it is about 180 km away from UAE.
Best time to Travel:
It’s always important to know the best time of traveling to any destination that as a traveler it enables us plan better and go better. In Qeshm Island the average temperature would be 27 degrees from Oct till late March and in June or July this may vary up to 46 degrees. This can be the reason that many travelers prefer to visit this Island in this time of the year.
Life style & Inhabitants:
This island contains several towns and villages and based on last census in 2016 the population of whole island is about 120000 people. It is well noted that most of locals are in fishing industry, trading with Arab countries in another side of gulf, and even some of Iranians have invested in this island by building hotels, or other infrastructures in tourism.
There are several evidences and documents about existence of living in this Island back to Paleolithic period. However, the name of this Island has been changed several times in history especially when Islam came through ancient Persia. In 2nd century AD it has been named as Alexandria. There are some records about the existence of this Island back in Sassanid that has been called Abarkawan too. What makes this Island very fascinating in ancient days is, it has been playing an important role in trading between Iran, Africa, India and Asia mostly based on their own products, however, other traders took Silk Route.
Things to do in Qeshm:
We are very pleased to inform everyone that this Island is one of Iran’s world Heritage sites because of having the largest Geo Park in center of this enormous Island and brings everyone’s attention to visit. We would like to provide briefly some information about this island to enjoy better.
It has been very important spot for many European countries especially Portuguese that have built castles and still very well preserved. There are few decent items are existed in such a castle that are worth visiting.
In another hand Qeshm Island is the home of adventurous and those who are interested in visiting unique and untouched places. Therefor we would highly recommend trekking tours in Stars Valley, Chahkouh Canyon, Kharbas Cave, Salt Cave, as well as its central Geo Park. There are more exciting places in this Island such as Naz beach which is quite amazing in terms of level of water, Turtle beach as well as Alligators protected zone.
Apparently those who are looking for a unique destination, would like to visit most amazing spots in Whole Island, Known as Hormuz tiny Island that is very well known for its colorful hills and mountains that makes everyone fascinating. What makes this spot very particular is, there is no vehicle yet and everyone has to travel by tiny boats and explore everywhere on foot.
Here it is highly recommended to adventurous people and bird’s watchers, to visit Harra forest that hosts the mangrove plants and different types of local birds that would stay here mostly from Oct till Feb yearly. This has a great potential to be visited for those who are studying on Iranian types of Birds.
This island has been a unique place and relatively recently locals or other Iranian citizens started building hotels in such a Island especially in Qeshm city. Apparently there are not wide-range of hotels in any class but surprisingly improving.
If you are looking for having a comfortable accommodation in such a city we would highly recommend to stay in Eram hotel, Arta Hotel, Irman hotel, Khalije fars hotel.
Traveling to such an Island makes everyone feeling seafood is the most amazing and fresh food as all locals are experts in providing delicious foods. We would highly recommend to take a look at Toranj Restaurant, Naeem place for delivery foods, Delshodegan Restaurant, Shabhay-e Talai, Etc.
As travel consultants we would highly recommend to visit this island from Oct till late March and spend about 3 to 4 days to explore every single corner by having sufficient time.