Qeshm Island | the beautiful gem of Persian Gulf
Qeshm Island is the largest island in Iran, with a surface area of 1491 square kilometers. Being one of the most marvelous and astonishing attractions of Iran, it is located in Hormozgan province in south of Iran, alongside the Strait of Hormoz. The city of Qeshm is located in the southwest of this island. Having a history of at least 1000 years, from the pre-Islam time, this beautiful, amazing island was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and has many attractions.
Qeshm has 7 main touristic attractions that make this island to be known as the land of seven wonders in Iran.
Qeshm’s GeoPark, the only GeoPark in the Middle East
Qeshm Island has the only GeoPark in the Middle East which was inscribed in the Global Network of GeoParks in 2006. Having an area of 32000 hectares, it has countless beauties. It has 25 geo sites, and from the most important sites we can mention: the Stars valley, Chahkoh Canyon, Naz islands, Laft village, Kharbas caves and Harra Forests.
Hara Forests, Qeshm’s green gold
The Stars Valley, a mysterious and majestic valley
Located 22 kilometers away from Qeshm city, it is one of the most spectacular attractions in Qeshm. There’s a local myth saying that this valley was created when a star fell down from the sky and hit the ground. this is the reason of its naming. The natural erosion of its soil and rocks by rain and wind over the centuries has made an extraordinary view. Due to the sound of wind blowing into the valley at night and its unusual shapes, local people believe that it is haunted by ghosts and jinns, and they avoid going to the valley at night.
Namakdan Cave, The longest salt cave in the world
Namakdan Cave is located in the western side of Qeshm Island and the discovered part of this cave reaches 6600 meters but there’s no access to many parts of this exclusive cave yet. It has many pink, purple, blue, white and crimson red crystals, along with fragile salt sculptures and salt rivers. The saltwater flows create fascinating and beautiful sceneries and there is a natural white spring that is fed by saltwater flows.
Chahkoh Canyon, a canyon with surreal shapes
Located 70 kilometers away from Qeshm city, this canyon is one of the greatest canyons in the Middle East. Thousand years of erosion by rain and water, caused the surreal shapes in it. It was also called The Holly Valley, since in the time of raining, water was stored here and water is a sacred element. In Persian, ChahKoh means wells in the mountain. In the site, there are two canyons plumbs crossing vertically. With its exceptional, eye-catching beauty it is one of the most favorite attractions in the island.
The Portuguese Castle, a historic monument
Due to the strategic geopolitical situation that Qeshm had during the history, it was attacked by different invaders. Since Portuguese had the control of the island for a long time, Portuguese Castles are seen in different parts of the south of Iran. This 110 year old castle has 2 ramparts and 4 towers in the four corners.
Kharbas Cave, a cave half natural, half manmade
A few kilometers away from the island, signs of rock-cut architecture are seen in caves that date back to Parthian and Sassanid time. Kharbas cave is actually a collection of four caves. The interesting point of these caves are the ancient carvings on their walls that there are different beliefs about it, that it could be a place for Mithraism followers, or a temple of Anahita ( the goddess of Water) or a Zoroastrian ossuary.
Hengam Island, a perfect island to watch dolphins
Located in the southern part of Qeshm Island, the main attraction of Hengam is watching the dolphins. This island has crystal clear water, that beautiful colorful fishes can be well seen through it. At some particular time of the year, its water glows blue lights at night because of the phytoplanktons that live there.
Naz Islands, a place to walk on the water
There are two tidal islands on the Shore of Qeshm Island. At the low tide, the intertidal zone of Qeshm connects the islands to the shore and at the high tide, the littoral zone is submereged and two hills make islands. Camel riding and Paramotoring are really enjoyable along the beach.
Shib Deraz village, home to turtle eggs
This village attracts many visitors since it is the habitant of Hawksbill turtles and these turtles lay their eggs between April and July. Seeing the hatching of turtles is one of the most unique experiences in the island that makes Shib Deraz village a favorite and popular destination.
It should be mentioned that along with many marvelous attractions that make Qeshm Island the seven wonder land of Iran, it is also famous for its delicious spicy foods, precious handicrafts such as jewelries made of shells and sea stones, colorful customs and local musical instruments.
* Written by Arefeh Firouzan.
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