Welcome to Qeshm Island

Located between the opening of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, Qeshm Island is Iran's second free trade zone and a unique tourism hub. Qeshm has semi-equatorial climate and is hot and humid most of the year. The island experiences pleasant falls, mild winters and springs, and very hot summers.

Qeshm was known as Abarkawan in Sassanid (226-651 CE) times when it was an important trade and navigation center. The island continued to flourish after the advent of Islam when trade ships traveled between Qeshm and China, India and Africa.

One of the largest islands in the world, Qeshm boasts numerous natural, historical, religious and trade attractions. The Portuguese Castle built by Portuguese commander Alfonso de Albuquerque in 1507, the Bibi Ab-Anbar (cistern), the historical Laft Port where the Lanj boats used by the inhabitants of southern Iran to sail, trade and fish on the Persian Gulf are made and the Achaemenid era (550-330 BC) Gooran Dam are some of the historical attractions of Qeshm.

The island has several villages that are unique in their culture, costumes and nature. Konarsiah Village is where visitors can explore local traditions and taste local delicacies and Shibderaz Village is where Hawksbill turtles hatch.

The island’s top natural attractions include Hara or Mangrove Forests, Kharbas Caves, Naz Islands and Chah Kouh (also Chah Kooh) Valley, which is also known as the Qeshm Geopark.

Qeshm is home to the world’s smallest mammal, the white-toothed pygmy shrew, as well as the world’s biggest mammal, the blue whale. Qeshm is also home to pods of dolphins that swim close to the island in the waters of the Persian Gulf.
Qeshm is a fishing island and has farmlands in which watermelon and melon are grown as well as date palm orchards. Locals believe the island’s unique red soil has medicinal properties and use it as a cooking ingredient.

Tourists or those visiting the island on business can enjoy recreational activities such as fishing, horseback riding, auto racing and water sports or rejuvenate at Qeshm natural spas.

With its beautiful sunsets and its sensational historic attractions, Qeshm can be a perfect tourist destination for those seeking a truly memorable experience of the Middle East
  • Qalieh Mahi- A fish stew cooked with tamarind and garlic served with bread.
  • Fried Fish- Salted fished grilled and served with dates.
  • Tumoushi bread- Wafer-thin crispy flat bread sprinkled with a mixture of the island’s red soil and anchovy oil.
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Qeshm Island Weather


Qeshm Island Coordinates

26°41′43″N, 55°37′06″E

Qeshm Island Hand Crafts

  1. Basketry
  2. Braid Sewing
  3. Carpet
  4. Embroidery
  5. Kilim
  6. Lanj or Lenj (hand-built wooden boats)
  1. Lute Making
  2. Marine Crafts
  3. Niqab Sewing
  4. Ornamental Ribbons
  5. Pottery
  6. Wicker Products (fan, baskets)

Qeshm Island Sister Cities

  1. Mersin, Turkey
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Top sights in Qeshm Island

October 30, 2019

Chahkooh Canyon

October 24, 2019

Stars Valley, Qeshm

November 02, 2019

Naz Islands

October 22, 2019

Hengam Island

October 20, 2019

Kharbas Cave

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