Qeshm Island, with a length of 100 kilometers and an area of 1,500 kilometers, is the largest island in the Persian Gulf, twice the size of Bahrain. This island, known under the name of the Persian Gulf dolphin for its shape in satellite images is home to several coastal towns, mostly inhabited by fishermen and shipyards where large wooden boats, called “Lenj”, are built. The most important crafts on the island are the making of Lenj, traditional boats and embroidered fabrics. Make Lenj is the oldest industry in southern Iranian ports. This industry and the methods of making Lenj are passed down from generation to generation on this island. Qeshm Island is a great exporter of salt: the 6 km long Namakdan Salt Cave, very spectacular, with its colors and salt crystals that descend from the roofs.
This island is totally worth visiting, if only to appreciate the beauty and variety of its landscapes, especially its particular anthropological nucleus. Typical men’s and women’s clothing, as well as local music and the dialect of the island’s inhabitants, are among the island’s attractions.
One of the first stops could be the small port of Laft. As December is a pleasant midday heat, winter would be ideal for traveling to the island. In Laft, it is not uncommon to see sunburned skinned workers who are fixing an old shack on the beach.
The Hara mangrove has a turquoise blue sea, covered in a thick green layer. It is a protected site that harbors great biodiversity. You can navigate through the channels of this marine jungle with amazing colors.
In the south of the island, the coast is just as wild. About 20 kilometers from the island of Qeshm, in the extreme west, the landscape is similar: yellow sunburned earth, flat trees and small villages with deserted streets and terracotta houses. The coast is surrounded by fine sandy beaches.
The rock formations that give the feeling that the slabs collapse in some places are very special. It is also an opportunity to visit the temple of the Achaemenids and their multi-level galleries, dedicated to Mithra and built into the mountainside.