The Seven Wonders of Qeshm Island
Qeshm Island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran (Persian Gulf), opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir. The historic past of Qeshm, reports a prosperous and active island. The summer is very hot. However, the winds of humid winds are refreshing. Winter is very mild, even spring.
Iran is a country that surprises by the diversity of its climates. Indeed, the north of the country or the center, offers a temperature that varies between minus five and ten degrees, while in the south, it reaches the nineteen or twenty-two degrees, with a climate quite spring. If we go further south and to the sea, we reach several islands, including one in particular, which has formed over the centuries and is a marvel in the region. This island is called Qeshm and distinguishes itself from others by its geographical diversity: the sea, the mountain, the forest and the plains.
Qeshm Island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran (Persian Gulf), opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir. The island, which hosts a 300-square-kilometre (116-square-mile) free zone jurisdiction, is 135 km long, and lies strategically in the Strait of Hormuz, just 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the Omani port of Khasab, and about 180 kilometres (112 miles) from the UAE Port Rashid. The average temperature on the island is approximately 27 °C (81 °F). The warmest months are June through August, and the coldest from October to January. The average rainfall is 183.2 mm (7 3⁄16 in).
We will not dwell on the economic characteristics of this island, which is undoubtedly "an important source of revenue for the country," according to the head of the council of discernment and the good of the Islamic order, Hashemi Rafsanjani.
The island of Qeshm includes a beach that extends for 260 kilometers and each parcel is unique in itself.
Qeshm, with its 1500 square kilometers, has an area greater than that of more than 22 countries. The latest censuses have 81,096 inhabitants. This island, thanks to its strategic location, in the strait of Ormuz, has always attracted the greed of different peoples.
The historic past of Qeshm, reports a prosperous and active island. The summer is very hot. However, the winds of humid winds are refreshing. Winter is very mild, even spring.
These climatic peculiarities are felt in the architecture and dress typical of the region. The geographical location of the island offers easy access to international waters, the internal market, Central Asia and the southern shores of the Gulf. The presence of an active workforce, abundant energy resources, such as gas, a configuration of coasts, conducive to the creation of large commercial ports, these are the assets of the island of Qeshm.
The people of Qeshm are very hospitable Muslims with crafts, customs, mourning or wedding ceremonies, feasts, religious ceremonies and music that are worth seeing. The wedding ceremonies on this island last ten days: From morning to evening we celebrate the union. Three nights before the departure of the bride for the house of the chosen one of her heart, and seven others after the wedding. During these or other wedding ceremonies, women and girls color their hands with henna which, according to legends, would be a remedy from heaven, both for body and mind.
Attractive places of Qeshm
The golden well: near the citadel of Naderi, there are many wells that the natives have dug with great difficulty in the heart of the stone. Coral trenches lead the rainwater to these pits whose bottom consists of a layer of chalk that can keep the water, drinkable and fresh, for a while. These wells, it is said, were of a number equivalent to the number of days in a leap year, and every day one of the wells was open for consumption.
The star ravine: to the west of Berkeh village, a ravine with natural sculptures left by erosion attracts the attention of travelers. According to ancestral legends, locals attribute this ravine to the fall of a star in the region.
Harrah Forest (mangrove): The Harrah Forest is one of the tourist attractions of Qeshm Island. Mangrove, an endangered species, forms a forest of 200 square kilometers on the northwestern coast of the island, which is also a protected international reserve, home to the rarest birds. The tourism center of the city of Qeshm, since the installation of a free market in this region, has planted mangroves on 700 hectares, in order to create a green belt around the island.
The citadel of Qeshm: This citadel, with an area of 2000 square meters, is built of limestone and chalk, obtained by the mixture of lime and soot, typical of the region and consolidated several times since the last fifty years. This citadel testifies to the historical importance of the Strait of Hormuz and the courage of the Iranian soldiers, trained by the general Gholi Khan who, in 1401 of the hegira, definitively put an end to the presence of the colonizers. This citadel is located by the sea, behind a Sunni mosque.
Mosques: In Qeshm, there are mosques dating from the first years of the Hegira, such as that of Sheikh Brokh and a beautiful and ancient mosque, from the architectural point of view, the mosque Ghoba in the village Halu. Also noteworthy are the Ramtsha Mosque in Laft and the Great Mosque in Qeshm.
The Martyr King: The tomb of the martyr king is one of the historic places to visit. This region was inhabited by people whose history mixes truth and legend. This pilgrimage site is located near the Kharbas Caves, 11 kilometers from Qeshm, on the south coast of the island.
The cemetery of the English: this cemetery, located 35 kilometers from Qeshm, is a remnant of the English presence in the port of Basahidu, at the time of King Fatalishah. There are only a few tombs left today, the ruins of a tower and a small citadel.
The tree of Lur, the fig tree of the temples: one of the curiosities of the warm and equatorial regions, especially in the islands of the Persian Gulf, is the evergreen tree of Lur, with a very large crown and aerial roots. One of the most beautiful trees is in the village of Tem Seniti in the region of Turian.
The curious ravine of Tshakuh: a ravine whose walls have taken with the wind, the showers and the onslaughts of the sun, unparalleled forms, and in which have been inscribed waterways and hundreds of crucibles in the stone. This ravine is located about 100 kilometers from the city of Qeshm, west of the village of Tshahuh.
The Qeshm Mountains: There are many low mountains in Qeshm whose peaks are made up of layers of coral, sponge or shells that with time and erosion show exceptional landscapes, carved in all parts of the island.