Hormuz was a fairly important city in medieval times, such as when Marco Polo visited it around 1275, but today is only a town of about 6,000.
Hormuz is located on the Straits of Hormuz, the narrows at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. The Straits have been mentioned fairly often in news over the last few decades because of their strategic importance. They are the best place to control traffic in or out of the Gulf; if someone wanted to cut off seaborne shipments of something — Gulf oil going out, arms coming to Iran, or supplies to US forces in Iraq — this is where they would do it.
In medieval times, Hormuz was the capital of its province and the province is still called Hormozgān, though the city of Bandar Abbas is now the capital. To escape Mongol attacks, one ruler shifted the capital to nearby Hormuz Island and built a town there called New Hormuz, but he soon made peace with the Mongols and moved the capital back.
Travelers to Hormuz island can reach it on large modern ships from Bandar Abbas, departing from the Shahid Haqani Passenger Port. It takes about half an hour. A one way ticket costs 60.000 IRR. The last scheduled boat to bandar Abbas leaves at 18:30, but on particularly busy days (e.g., Iranian public holidays) later services might be offered, provided a sufficient number of passengers want to make the crossing.
Ferries also leave from Qeshm Island (Qeshm Town Port) at 7am and 2pm, tickets 150.00 IRR January 2017. The same ferris return from Hormuz to Qeshm, the last one leaves Hormuz at 3pm. The journey takes around 60 minutes.
Car taxis are not present on the island, but rickshaw-like vehicles and motorcycle taxis are abundantly available at the port. Groups (informal groups of Iranians rather than organised tours) generally have minibuses which seat 10-12 people - don't hesitate to jump on board an existing tour after negotiating a price with the leader. You could walk around the island if you were fit and well prepared - it is very small and distances between sites are approx 1-2km each.
Portuguese Castle, is a red stone fortress on Hormuz Island, Iran. It is one of the last surviving monuments of Portuguese colonial rule in the Persian Gulf.
Constructed on reddish stone on a rocky promontory at the far north of the island, the castle was originally cut off from the rest of the island by a moat, traces of which still remain. Although most of the roof caved in long ago, much of the lower part of the very substantial outer walls is intact, with the remains lying on different levels of the site.
With a few hundred meters walk to the beach, in a way that silver sands attracts attention, rocks can be seen in many different forms, each is likened to an animal, a sheep's head, poultry and many different Dragons.
The rocks show that, over thousands of years that the island of Hormuz gradually comes out of the water, the wear and tear on it makes many beautiful shapes. According to researches, geological age of the Hormuz island is about 600 million years ago and its life when coming out of the water is about 50 thousand years.
The amazing landscapes include the rainbow valley of coloured sand and soil, the beach where locals make vast patterns with dozens of Hormuz sands, the cliff top walk and the beach with the rock archway.
The Portuguese Castle is a red stone fortress at the north end of Hormuz Island. It is one of the last surviving monuments of Portuguese colonial rule in the Persian Gulf.
Colorful Soil Carpet
Souvenir of Hormuz is its territory, of course beauty and recognition of Hormuz is not only red soil, Hormuz is the island of colors. The soil of this island has a lot of beautiful colors that together create a range of white, yellow, orange, red, brown, green and even gold.
Hormuz colors are innumerable which make a spectrum including hot to cold, that is, all the colors that an artist may need for painting. This is the painting that has astonished not only geologists, artists and Iranian tourists, but any artist who come to Iran is fascinated.
Many of the people who have art in mind, come together on the shore of the island on various occasions , and carpet the ground with drawing beautiful designs. The Museum and Gallery of Dr. Ahmad Nadalian in Hormoz Island
The entrance fee for international visitor is only 2000 Toman- less than one us Dollar
The Museum and Gallery of Dr. Ahmad Nadalian in Hormoz Island shows the works of this artists who is internationally known as one of the most active environmental artists. Now most of Nadalian works are scattered across the earth. His environmental art projects, include the carving of rocks that can be found in many countries.
Recreational fishing is a suitable entertainment in Hormuz and the beautiful nature of hormoz island is one of the tourist attractions of the island that has many fans. In the early morning or sun set when the weather is cooler, tourists who are interested in fishing experience this sport by the help of local people.
Swimming is one of the best recreations a tourist can enjoy in the Island. Especially in the red beach which is clean and sunny and unique.
Other than this hotel there are some local houses where tourists can stay.
It is also possible to camp on some of the beaches, some more hidden than others.