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Hormuz or Hormoz (Persian: هرمز‎,) is a town on the Southwest coast of Iran.

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 Island beach

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.

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inside ship to Hormuz Island
By boat[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

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.

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Portuguese Castle on Hormuz Island

Portuguese Castle[edit]

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.

Statue valley in Hormuz Island

Statue Valley[edit]

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.

Soil Carpet in Hormuz Island beach

Colorful Soil Carpet[edit]

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.

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Fishing in Hormuz Island

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.

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  • House Museum of Kanis, (In Hormoz Town - ask for directions), 07635323187. Kaniz is a local female artist and her house is an eclectic gallery / shop of her paintings and handicrafts. Kaniz was born into a family of 24 siblings, only four of whom survived. She was married at the age of 7. To make a living, she started working in a fertiliser factory. She learned to paint from Dr Ahmad, an environmental artist, and now paints to support her 13 children. Her work is raw and colourful. Visit this beautiful house and contribute to empowerment of local women.  edit

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  • Cafe Gelak, (A few hundred metres left of the ferry terminal, on the way to the Portuguese castle). Local cafe serving delicious breakfast and lunch food for reasonable prices. Interesting internal decor, friendly Staff, English menu.  edit

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  • Red Beach Suites Hotel, +989121575713, [1]. Named after the island's red earth, this hotel is now the only registered place in the island. Each suite has personal kitchen, refrigerator and bathroom and can accommodate up to 4 persons.  edit

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.

Cycling is one of the best entertainments one can imagine to do in the beach road of this island. Red beach hotel rent bicycles to tourists and guests of this hotel. Just imagine how fun it is to drive around the island and stop where ever you want


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