Island of Hormuz 

Island of Hormuz is an Iranian island, located in strait of Hormoz. It is a part of Hormozgan province. It is 8 km off from Iran coast. The highest point of island of Hormuz is about 186 meters from sea level. The area land is about 42 square kilometers. The island of Hormuz is the small island of Persian Gulf. It is a place full of different colors filled with water with a completely different culture so that you enter another planet as you enter it. Island of Hormuz is an island of colors and wonders that comes out of the sea. The island boasts many spectacular landscapes from colorful landscapes to quaint architecture, each corner having a fascinating story to hear and a plan to see. It is interesting to know that soil of Hormuz can be seen in seventy colors. Edible soil of Hormuz Island is one of the wonders of this island. This is not just an island, it is a land of wonders.

Hormuz island
Hormuz island

Island of Hormuz History

Until the 14th century, the population of the island was 7,000 people, and Hormuz known as a trading town by the river Minab. It is interesting to know that when the Mongols invaded Iran 700 years ago, Hormuz Island was a city at the mouth of the river Minab. After the Mongol invasion, the fifteenth ruler of Hormuz fled with many people from the city. They first went to Kish Island and then to Laron. From there, people first migrated to Qeshm and then to Bandar Abbas. Then they set up a small town called Hormuz. Initially it was called Hormuz or Khormuz, but over time its name was changed to Hormuz. Hormuz island soon became a trading center, with many immigrants from Hormozgan and even India and Africa. The island then occupied by the Portuguese. The area of ​​Hormuz Island is 42 square kilometers.

Location of Hormuz Island

Island of Hormuz is an oval-shaped, dome-shaped island with an area of ​​2 square kilometers at the entrance to the Persian Gulf and 8 square kilometers to Bandar Abbas. The island of Hormuz considered the key to the Persian Gulf because of its geographical location and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz.

If you plan to travel from Bandar Abbas to Hormuz Island, the best route is to board the Qeshm boats, and take the Hormuz Special Passenger Lines that depart twice a day to Hormuz. In this case, you will not only save on travel expenses, but you will also enjoy amazing scenery. It may not be bad to know that the island is about 30 minutes away from Qeshm Island with a fast boat in normal weather. But the distance from Bandar Abbas to Hormuz is more than 30 minutes.

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Nature and beach of Island of Hormuz

It is in this context that island of Hormuz is particularly important in Qeshm, both geographically and commercially. Colorful mountains, cliffs formed over millions of years of erosion, magnificent salt rocks and, most of all, red soil – these are spectacular attractions on the island of Hormuz, so traveling to Hormuz Island, especially in the cold seasons, can be the best choice for a pleasant and dreamy trip. Make sure to include island of Hormuz in your trip to Iran. The island will amaze you with its beauties.

Island of Hormuz Geography

As mentioned above this island area is about 42 km2. Volcano material and sedimentry rock cover the surface of Island of Hormuz. Due to this fact, some people call the rainbow gem. In the other words, the surface of this Island is colorful. Moreover the climate of this region is suitable for Mangrove trees. And this island has marvelous beaches.

Local cuisine of Hormuz Island

One of the most popular and authentic foods on the island of Hormuz is the stuffed Javelingrunter fish. Local bread also baked by Hormuz women. Grilled meat is one of the local dishes of the region, which served with special spices and fragrances. Ingredients for gabboley are cooked peas, fried potatoes, hot onions, rice cooked with meat juice and all kinds of spices. Some people cook this dish with chicken. Colombia is one of the other local foods cooked with fish. The other raw material of this food is wheat flour. This dish cooked with animal oil. Zeibun is one of the most popular local foods in the region, which is suitable for most tastes. It is best to know that this dish is similar to Istanbuli but it has fish and fries. Havari is one of the other local dishes made with fish but has a spicy taste. This dish cooked with various spices and the most important spice is turmeric. Some use shrimp instead of fish. Dried ankas is one of the most nutritious foods consumed in summer more.

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Sooragh is one of the local foods of Hormuz which Hormuz Red Soil is one of its ingredients. This dish prepared with sardines, red onion, lemon and orange. The edible soil of Hormuz Island plays a role in the island’s local cuisine. Tamshi is a food of the region, made from the red soil of the region, which eaten as a meal and is a complete meal. Dishu rice is one of the easiest local dishes to eat with roasted fish.


Stay in island of Hormuz

Hormuz is a sleepy village and residents live in small part of the island. There isn’t any special resort, but you can find some local houses serving foods and places for sleeping.
Based on the the details mentioned above, there are many intact  beaches all around of island. Moreover this island is full of colorful hills. The other attraction is salt god! Every year 0,5 cm add to the height of this beautiful creature.
The great numbers of tourists suggest those who like to visit this Island to take a daily Hormoz tour!


Island of Hormuz bazaar

At the entrance to the Portuguese fortress is the beach market of Hormuz Island, where women are selling their handicrafts, including beautiful needles, feminine masks and glass paintings. Hormuz Crafts Market is one of the most spectacular places of Hormuz Island.


Hormuz tourist attractions

1. Red Earth Mine

The Red Earth Mine is one of the most spectacular spots of Hormuz Island. On the island of Hormuz you will have the opportunity to visit edible red soil and more than 70 other colored minerals that have no similar pattern anywhere in the world. It is true that the world knows Hormoz Island as red soil, but red soil is not all that you find in Hormuz.

red Eart mine

Walking through the silver, golden, and white sands here is like walking through your dreams, and the red, orange, and bruise of the mountains are as spectacular and unforgettable as the sunset.

2. Hara forest

Hara forest is another sightseeing on the island of Hormuz. Be sure to visit the Hara forests on the island of Hormuz, a marine forest dating back millions of years to the tidal vegetation. A large part of them are underwater and their roots feed on seawater.

Hara forest
Hara forest

The interesting thing is when the seawater is at its highest level and over it, but suddenly, as the water comes down, a huge, amazing forest comes out of the water like a scene from a science fiction movie and surprises its viewers.

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3. salt cave

Other sights on the island of Hormuz include the salt cave. Another attraction of Hormuz Island is Qeshm salt lake. Qeshm Salt Cave is the world’s longest salt cave in the heart of the Persian Gulf. The cave located 90 kilometers from Qeshm city, at the southwest end of Mount Dome Island, 237 meters above sea level. The salt caves of Qeshm Island are one of the most beautiful manifestations of Iran’s beautiful and dreamy nature.

salt cave
salt cave

The white streaks of salt on the fuselage of the mountain make for a beautiful view. The distance of the salt cave from the neighboring coastal road is about 2 km, which recommended to be reached on foot.
Inside the salt cave, especially deep down, it is dark and requires a flashlight to see crystalline salt stalactites. The salt cave roof covered with marble and crystalline candlesticks in various shapes and gives an exquisite look.

4.Sculpture Valley

On the island of Hormuz, just a few hundred meters to the shore, there are rocks of various shapes along the way where silver sand attracts attention. Each of these amazing stones is likened to an animal by the imagination of the viewer; one is the head of a sheep, the other of a chicken and a rooster, and as you wish there are dragon-like stones in different ways.

The valley of statues
The valley of statues

From the shape of the rocks, it can seen that island of Hormuz gradually came out of the water during thousands of years, and the erosion process played a role on them.

5.Portuguese castle

Portuguese castle of island of Hormuz Located in 750 meters from the harbor of island. The Portuguese castle on the island of Hormuz is perhaps the largest colonial stronghold built in the history of Pars.

Still the thick walls, rusted cannons and the grandeur of the building preserve the Portuguese castle’s unique beauty. From the port on the shore you will reach the walls of the Portuguese fortress, if you turn around the castle walls clockwise you will see a rusted battalion with a low arched entrance just off the island’s nose.

Porteguese castle
Porteguese castle

Cross the threshold of the Portuguese castle, which leads to a vast courtyard. Just like you got into one of the ancient weapons. In the middle of the churchyard is a large arched roof. You can visit the guarded floor before you follow the path marked with stones.