Top ChoiceVillage in Qeshm Island

Laft

This fishing village on the northern coast of Qeshm Island is the best place in Iran to encounter the fast-disappearing traditional culture of the Persian Gulf. Perched on a rocky slope overlooking the Khoran...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Qeshm Island

Shabhaye Talai

Conveniently located at the edge of Zeytoun Park and benefitting from top-notch views of the beach, Shabhaye Talai is easily the most atmospheric restaurant in Qeshm Town. It specialises in seafood, including...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Qeshm Island

Kaleng

Feel the sand between your toes at this casual family-run shack soothingly positioned right on the beach on Hengam Island. It serves only fresh fish and shellfish, as well as unforgettable naan temoshi (flat...

Canyon in Qeshm Island

Chahkooh Canyon

In the island's northwest lies this sinuous canyon seemingly carved into the earth by a master builder. The exposed rock and lack of plant life are quite startling and invoke a quiet sense of awe. The canyon's...

Island in Qeshm Island

Hengam Island

This lovely island off the southern coast of Qeshm is surrounded by impressive soft-coral reefs that offer great diving. Hengam is also known for its wildlife, including birds, gazelles and dolphins. The beaches...

Canyon in Qeshm Island

Valley of Stars

One of the most spectacular natural sites on Qeshm Island, the Valley of Stars features a series of majestic gorges and canyons that were formed over centuries by erosion. Wandering amid the valley is a magical...

Village in Qeshm Island

Qeshm Town

Qeshm’s main settlement, Qeshm Town lies on the far-eastern tip of the island. Many Iranians come here to shop in one of the numerous duty-free malls dotted around the centre. The main attractions include the...

Nature Reserve in Qeshm Island

Harra Sea Forest

In the local dialect, harra is the word for grey mangrove, and this protected area is the Persian Gulf’s largest mangrove forest – a definite must-see for nature-lovers. During spring, more than 150 species of...

Village in Qeshm Island

Shibderaz

This picturesque village enjoys a long beach where hawksbill and green turtles lay their eggs between April and July. Residents of Shibderaz work in shifts to protect the eggs from predators, and you’ll be able...

Beach in Qeshm Island

Naz Islands Beach

This 3km-long golden strand caressed by clear, shallow and mostly calm waters is easily the most popular beach on Qeshm Island. In high season it's full of holidaying Iranian families. There are no amenities, but...

Seafood in Qeshm Island

Ghaleh Restaurant

This simple place on the waterfront opposite the Ghal’e-ye Portoghaliha (ghaleh means ‘castle’ in Farsi) serves delicious Arabic seafood in the cool of evening. There’s no printed menu – be sure to sample the...

Bakery in Qeshm Island

Nansito

Hands down the best bakery–pastry shop in Qeshm Town, Nansito has a tantalising array of doughnuts, muffins and breads. It's across the road from Alvand 2 hotel (look for the '30' sign).

Cave in Qeshm Island

Khorbas Caves

In Qeshm Island's southeast you'll find this almost vertical limestone cliff pockmarked with caves. They are said to have sheltered local villagers seeking refuge from pirates and bandits raiding the island in...

Market in Qeshm Island

Bazar-e Bozorg

The extensive bazaar off the main drag is at its most active in the morning. It includes a fruit and vegetable area and a fish market.