A colorful gateway to The Persian Golf
Hormuz is known by its red soil; but red soil is not all you can find on Hormuz. Taking a stroll here on silver, gold, and white sand would be like walking in your dreams, and the red and orange and the sapphire of the mountains, very much like the sky at sunset, is breath-taking and unforgettable.
Hormuz is a beautiful story in the Persian Gulf; an island that historically, has been filled with adventures, and was once the power base of old-time empires and harbors the wheel traces of their cannons and the remains of their battleships. This small island sits right at the mouth of the Persian Gulf; the same location that’s known as The Strait of Hormuz, where the sea is so deep that massive tankers can easily exit the gulf. It is this convenient geographic location that has made Hormuz such a special place and has helped it stay relevant all through history.
If you look at a map, you’ll see that Hormuz is shaped like a shell. The island is surrounded by a beautiful coastal road. While traveling down this road on foot or on a bike, you’ll notice that the soil around you changes in color with each couple of hundreds of meters. Many different natural attractions on Hormuz are waiting for you within a stone’s throw, and there are also plenty of historic sites for the enthusiasts in the old part of town, which of course, are not very well-known and protected.
Stay with us for a chance to get to know all of these beauties.
Natural and historical sights of Hormuz
The Portuguese Castle on Hormuz island
The Hormuz island Portuguese Castle is one of the biggest remains left over from the Portuguese colonization era and is considered to be the power base of the invaders in southern Iran. It was built gradually within a period of almost 30 years.
Moraghebeh cave, Silence valley, and The goddess of turquoise salt
Salt has the amazing ability to absorb environmental pollution and unwanted noises. These days, the phenomenal features of the crystals and the salt dome at the Silence valley is attracting a lot of visitors. While walking in this valley, you can literally feel the incredibly unique silence that lingers, and the positive energy of the nature around you. The Turquoise Goddess is a dome made of salt, which has been polished by the rain and has beautifully arisen into the air.
The soil carpet of Hormuz
A short distance from The Silence valley, you’ll come across a vast beach that is the place to spread the Hormuz colorful carpet. In annual events that are held in the second half of the year to celebrate Norooz or the Persian Gulf day, the locals use the colorful soils on the island and the local shapes and patterns, to spread this carpet on the beach. The patterns of Hormuz carpet stems from the mythical elements of Hormuzgan as well as the poems of Omar Khayam. Using pictures of the hawksbill sea turtle, chinkaras, patterns of women’s clothing, some pictures of the Portuguese castle, and the symbol of the local music and musical instruments, turns the Hormuz soil carpet into a unique attraction, which a lot of us have seen many pictures of on the internet.
The rainbow valley| Don’t take any of the soil here with you please!
The most well-known attraction of Hormuz island is called the rainbow valley, which is made of over 70 different hues. The variety of rocks and stones, has given Hormuz a great deal of potential for archeological tourism. The minerals that the stones in this valley are made of, can be found in different layers on top of each other or side by side.
Shades of yellow, red, silver, and black are chiefly composed of iron oxide and clay compounds; while white, blue, pink, and grey soils are the results of volcanic compounds, and their presence together has added even more to the uniqueness of Hormuz.
Seeing mesmerizing pictures of the rainbow valley would definitely make you want to visit this unique place. It’s a crying shame that you might run into some folks who are removing some of the soil and stones of the valley. What’s even stranger is that since it’s not legal to board the plane with soil on your person, many of these people have no choice but to throw the precious stones and soil of Hormuz away once they get to the airport of Gheshm.
Hormuz valley of statues
Are you one of those people who watch lots of horror movies? And perhaps you are keen on fantasizing too. Either way, the valley of statues is worth visiting at least once. There is a 30-minute walking distance between the road and the beginning of the valley; but do not look down once you get there. All you need to do is look up and let your imagination run away with you, so you can see a whole Jurassic park of massive fossils and statues of eagles, sparrows, roosters, or dragons. It depends from what angle you’re looking at them and how wild your imagination is.
Recreational activities on Hormuz island
- Swimming and scuba-diving
- Bird-watching and photographing the wild animals and the nature
- Boat-riding, walking on the beach, and camping
- Tasting the local foods and spices
- Making henna patterns and buying handicrafts