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Pictures: Philippe Stalder (December 2015)

Located in the strait of Hormuz between Iran´s south coast and the Arabian Peninsula, Qeshm is the biggest island in the Persian Gulf. Although the island is characterized by a variety of breath taking landscapes, it has been widely spared from mass tourism and remained relatively undiscovered.

Stay local

There are a couple of hotels but in order to get a comprehensive and authentic Qeshm experience one should find shelter in one of the many local home stays. The friendly hosts know their island very well and will show you around the main sights for an adequate tip:

  • Mangrove Forest
  • Stars Valley
  • Chahkooh Canyon
  • Desert Tour
  • Salt Cave

Laid-back Sunnis

Due to its vicinity to the Arabic mainland, Qeshm is inhabited mostly by Sunnis, a religious minority in the Shia dominated Islamic Republic. The Sunni islanders are laid-back characters who share the hospitality of their fellow Shia mainland citizens, however, the Sunnis differ from the Shiites in their style of clothing. The women wear refreshingly colourful hidjabs and stylishly ornamented face masks while most of their men wear traditional nomadic clothes made out of white linen.