Bandar Abbas (or Bandar-e Abbas) is a city in Hormozgān.
Bandar Abbas is a port town and many of its residents come from other parts of Iran for work. It is inadvisable to swim in the sea as it is polluted. The original inhabitants of Bander Abbas are known as Banduris and can often be spotted for their colourful clothing and burqas. Most of the city shuts down between 2-6PM, as it is too hot to do anything but the mildest activities.
There are buses to and from Tehran, Kerman, Shiraz, Zahedan and others. The bus terminal is on the east side of the city around 5km out by the coast and is signposted in English from the edge of the city.
There is a boat from Sharjah three times a week, leaving Sharjah on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Ferries from Bandar abbas will depart on wednesdays and saturdays at 9pm. Tickets can be booked from travel agencies in the town. A one-way trip costs about US$50 and takes about twelve hours.
Bandar isn’t blessed with a lot of must-see sights – actually, none – but it’s not totally devoid of flavour. The lively bazaar rambles its way across two blocks just back from the seafront, and is probably the most colourful part of town. A seafront promenade leads east and has an evening flea market. At its end, the busy fish market is full of charismatic old salts happy to pose for pictures with their catch. Work on the huge mosque a few metres east of the bazaar seems to have restarted despite local concerns that the engineering is not good enough for a major earthquake zone.
Persian Gulf Mines & Minerals Corporation has a very large complex in Bandar Abbas.There are at present 4 Steel Mills.Hormuzgan Steel Complex is the most modern one built by a German giant SMS Group.There are two Aluminium plants in Bandar Abbas.Bandar Abbas being a coastal city,there are numerous small & big workshops for repairing ship engines & small boat engines.Other than this,one can find work in jetty area.
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Budgeteers (solo travellers in particular) won't have an easy time in Bandar. Be prepared to spend big, or head elsewhere...
The City center mall has two small internet cafes in the second floor. One hour of internet costs 20 000 RLS (~0.50 EUR, Jan 2014). Be prepared for a quite slow internet speed and no VPN (e.g. Facebook is blocked).
Qeshm Island is a nice island just a thirty minute boat ride away. The ferry costs one way 70 000 RLS (~1.75 EUR) and takes about 50 minutes (as of Jan 2013).
Hormoz Island is a smaller Island about 40 min away from Bandar abbas. The ferry costs one way 40 000 RLS (~1 EUR). On the island, there is a impressive fort built by the Portuguese during the colonial times. Those interested in geography will be amazed by the Rainbow valley, a place with various colors of vulcanic stone.
Minab has a lively bazaar.