Qeshm Island is a large island that is about 120 km long and 11 km wide. The island is located on the southern coast of Hormozgan Province, south of Bandar Abbas and near the strategic mouth of Hormoz Strait in the Persian Gulf.
You can imagine the aerial map of Qeshm Island like a shark. The head of this shark is towards the Strait of Hormuz and the city of Qeshm is a city at the end of the head of this shark. In other words, the city of Qeshm is located at the eastern tip of Qeshm Island. Qeshm Island has other small towns such as Dargahan, Suza and Salakh.
The total population of Qeshm Island is about 150 thousand people.
Qeshm Island has become one of the largest tourist areas in the country. Some tourists come to Qeshm to visit the numerous natural and historical attractions of Qeshm, and others come to the island for relatively cheap purchases of foreign goods that enter Qeshm. The city of Dargahan on Qeshm Island has multitude of passages and shops selling some foreign goods that enter the Qeshm Free Zone without customs duties.
The most important natural attraction of Qeshm Island is the mangrove forest which is located in the waterway of Hooran Strait in the northern part of the island to Khamir port on the coast of Hormozgan.
Qeshm Island has other natural attractions such as Naz Islands, Namakdan Cave, Stars Valley, Chahkooh Strait and Sea Dolphins (between Qeshm Island and Hengam Island).
Some historical monuments such as the old port of Laft and the handmade Cave of Khorbas and the Portuguese castle are other attractions of this island.
The beaches around Qeshm Island are some rocky and some sandy. A paragliding flight site is located off the coast of Naz Island in the south of Qeshm Island. An international airport is also located in the center of Qeshm Island.
The native people of Qeshm Island are mostly Sunni (Shafi’i) and are warm-hearted, hospitable and sincere.
Numerous eco-lodges have been established in different parts of Qeshm Island, and tourists generally leave this beautiful island with a good memory.
Note that entering the Qeshm Island for foreign tourists don’t need Iran visa.
Google map link of Qeshm Island
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