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Qeshm

Qeshm Island is the largest islands of Hormozgan province and Persian Gulf in the Strait of Hormuz. Also, it’s the only Geo park of Middle East.

Earliest evidence of human presence in this island dates back to Paleolithic Period. Paleolithic stone tools have been found at Bam-e Qeshm.

Qeshm climate is warm and dry with relatively high humidity.

 

Chahkooh Canyon Qeshm:

Chahkooh valley or Chahkooh Canyon is one of the natural attractions of Qeshm Island which located 70 km from Qeshm beside Chahu village in Shahab district.

This valley named Chahkooh because of the wells at the beginning of the pass with depth of 100 meters represents the erosion of sedimentary rocks.  Chahkooh is part of Qeshm Geo park which confirmed by UNESCO.

 

 

Stars Valley:

The Star Valley is a unique example among all Geosites to study erosion. The local name for this area is “Estalah-kaftah” which means “the Fallen Star”. The reason for naming this area as such is that the locals believe that once upon a time a star has hit the earth at this site and as a result of this collision, the stones and soil have been thrown in the air and been frozen, forming these geological structures.

 

Salt Cave:

Qeshm Salt Cave with a length of six thousand and five hundred meters is the longest salt cave in the world which located in the western part of Qeshm Island.

The salt cave of Qeshm was registered as one of the geosystems of UNESCO Global Geoparks as well as a National Natural Heritage Site in 2011.

 

Portuguese Castle:

The Portuguese castle  was built in 1507 with high walls and strong towers to defend their populations with more than 2,000 square meters of limestone and gypsum. It is located on the northern side of the island.

 

Qeshm museums:

  • Museum of Ghadir is the only underwater museum in Iran
  • Qeshm geopark Museum

 

Other tourist attractions in Qeshm:

  • Naz Island
  • Hara Forests
  • Khourbas Caves
  • Persian Gulf Blue Dolphins
  • Goran Village
  • The valley of statues
  • Hengam Island
  • Port Laft