‘Oh, but have you been to Kish? You absolutely must go.’ Travelling in Iran you’re likely to hear this more than once. And when you ask what is so special about Kish, you’re told: ‘But Kish is wonderful; everything works there. The beaches are clean, the buildings are modern and there’s duty-free shopping. It’s just like Dubai!’ And yes, all of this is true…to a degree.
The largest island in the Persian Gulf, Qeshm (also known as Gheshm) is fringed with biologically diverse mangrove forests, attractive beaches and 60 Bandari villages. Its sun-scorched interior features geologically significant canyons, hills, caves and valleys, most of which are now protected as part of the Unesco-recognised Qeshm Island Geopark.
There’s only one good reason to come here, and that’s to leave straight away (ie on a catamaran to Kish). We’ve supplied sleeping and eating options for those who get stuck in the town while waiting for a ferry. Banks are on Pasdaran St and will usually change foreign currency.