Qeshm Island

Qeshm Geo-park

All Things You Need to Know about Qeshm Island Destination

What do you know about Qeshm Island? Here we present all things you need to know about Qeshm Island destination.

In short, Qeshm, the largest island in the Persian Gulf, is a must-see Iran destination, where you can visit a vast UNESCO Geopark, full of extraordinary natural features. So f you are eager to visit the island of seven wonders, join us to get all the essential information about Qeshm Island destination. In the following, you can find useful information about traveling to Qeshm Island, including Qeshm attractions, accommodations, traditional dishes, and the best time to visit. You can also find information about Qeshm transportation, location, etc., on the Qeshm Island Travel Guide page.

About Qeshm Island

Iran’s foreign tourists know Iran as one of the best historical and cultural destinations in the world. On the contrary, just a few know that it can be a great destination to enjoy the Persian Gulf’s unique beaches. Some years ago, the tourism world did not know the largest island of the Persian Gulf as a tourist destination. However, today, Qeshm island destination is finding its place among domestic and foreign tourists and is becoming a must-see Iran destination.

The abundance of natural and historical attractions, pristine and traditional resorts, water resorts, and suitable accommodation facilities have attracted tourists to the island of seven wonders. Although the tourism boom in the region has created many new tourism-related jobs, the island has its own culture, costumes, cousins, handicrafts, and many of its inhabitants are creating artworks. On the other hand, Qeshm and its islands are free-trade zones.  Hence, all foreign travelers can visit the island without an Iran visa for 14 days.

Qeshm Attractions

The main attractions in Qeshm island include Qeshm Geopark, Stars Valley, Hara Forest (Mangrove), Salt Caves, Talla Wells, Khorbas Cave, Chahkooh Canyon, and Portuguese Castle. Furthermore, the island is surrounded by smaller islands such as Hormoz, Hengam, Naz, and Larak.

  • Hormoz Island with fantastic shades of red, orange, and yellow colors on the land area
  • Hengam Island with luminous beaches
  • Naz Island is connected to Qeshm through a narrow one-kilometer passage of land
  • Coral Larak Island with crystal clear water.

In addition to the islands, there are numerous villages in Qeshm where the inhabitants get their livelihood from the Gulf. Accordingly, some of them are fishermen, and others are engaged in boat and shipbuilding. It is interesting to know that “Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf” is on the list of  UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Accommodation in Qeshm Island

Along with enjoying Qeshm attractions, you can experience a pleasant stay in one of its residences. Accordingly, you can enjoy luxury accommodation in a top 4-star hotel such as Arta Hotel. Still, you can choose to stay in a cozy budget lodge to save your money.  Additionally, to improve sustainable tourism, you can stay in rural houses and involve in the inhabitants’ daily lives.

Qeshm Traditional Cuisines

Like other Iran cities, Qeshm Island destination has its local cuisine and houses several restaurants serving traditional Iranian dishes. The popular Qeshmi dishes are different kinds of seafood, like Qalyeh, Mahveh, grilled fish (Mahi Kabab). Moreover, this region’s desserts are usually made by dates. On the other hand, there is a diverse kind of tropical fruit on this island, including star fruit, avocado, guava, etc.

Best Time to Visit Qeshm Island

These days, as Iran tourism has grown, Qeshm Island tours have become more popular. Located in the hot zone, the city has pleasant falls and mild winters. In this regard, the best time to visit Qeshm Island is during fall and winter from September till March.