Qeshm Eco Cycling
Through Iran by bicycle? Is that possible?
Sure! Anything goes, you just have to find the right area for it. Iran is a big country and a very hot country, at least in summer. The distances that we cover with the motorcycle are of course illusory for the bicycle. But if you look, you will find.
And we found what we were looking for in Iran's island world in the Persian Gulf. Little is known to many that Iran has a large number (more than 20) of beautiful small and large islands. The most famous is Kish. It is quite crowded and a visit is only partially recommended in the main season, in winter.
Instead, we looked at the island of Qeshm and the neighboring islands of Hormuz and Hengam, and this is where our bicycle tour will take place, mainly on Qeshm with short detours to Hormuz and Hangam.
Our bikcycle cruise is a treat for the body and mind, and it is sustainable and gentle on the environment. We mostly live in small guest houses and pensions run by locals. We have to do without comfort. The money we spend here stays on the island and supports the local population.
One more word about bicycles. It is recommended that you bring your own bicycle. For very little money (approx. 100 €) or sometimes free of charge, the airlines take bicycles with them as luggage on the trip. But we will also get a small fleet of bicycles from GIANT, which will then be available for the tour free of charge.
1. Day: Getting There
Whether via Istanbul, Tehran or Dubai, the journey is tedious and tiring, and after many hours on the plane and at the airports you will be happy to stay in a classy hotel and prepare for the bike tour through Iran's islands.
The Avina Hotel or the Irman Boutique Hotel are the best addresses in Qeshm and in one of them, depending on availability, you will spend the first two nights.
2. Day: Qeshm City
Today we want to take a look around Qeshm-City and adjust to the new surroundings and the unfamiliar climate.
There is a lot to see: one of the oldest bazaars in the country, the Portuguese Fort and, not to forget, the beautiful sandy beaches.
3. Day: Hormuz
Early in the morning we set off to a beautiful island that really reminds us more of a dream world than of rough reality. Hormoz, after whom the strait between Iran and Oman is named.
The red beach, the silver beach, the rainbow cave, the valley of the statues, the turtle beach ... there is so much to see and marvel at on this small island.
We spend the night in a nice guest house called Majara . It is right by the sea and the sound of the waves will accompany you to sleep.
4. Day: One more day on Hormoz
Hormoz is such a wonderful, unusual, colorful island that we absolutely have to spend a second day here. In the mountains we find rocks and earth with over 75 different colors. You can even paint with the colored earth. You will experience it. The whole island is a geologist's paradise.
5. Day: Ride to Suza
We have to get up early to catch the ferry back to Qeshm. We leave Qeshm City behind and continue straight to our next destination.
We spend the night in Suza in the guest house Khaneh Dost . But before we arrive in Suza, we make a few more stops. There is a lot to see on the way, the Khorbas Caves and the Valley of the Stars. And on the group of two small islands called Naz you will get to see perhaps the most beautiful sunset of your life.
Today we will have dinner in our guest house.
6. Day: Ride to Deirestan
We make our way to Deirestan, the next small village, and live there in the Faradis inn, where we will also have dinner.
You have to prepare for a long day or a short night. We have a plan for midnight. At witching hour we will go to the beach to take part in an unusual spectacle. It is the time when the green turtles come ashore to bury their eggs the sand. In order not to disturb the animals, we have to follow the instructions of the local population, who endeavor to protect the animals. There is also no guarantee that we will see the turtles as they do not follow our travel plans. But it's worth a try.
7. Day: Day trip to Hengam Island
We stay at the Fardis inn. The night was short and so we use the day to rest a little. In order not to be completely inactive, we take a trip to the island of Hengam. This is the ideal place to watch dolphins. If the weather cooperates, and of course the Dephines, we can watch their dance in the water.
We stay until sunset and then ride back to Qeshm. Dinner is probably already waiting for us in our guest house.
8. Day: Ride to Naghashe
Today we spend the night in Naghashe, at the Khalo inn. But when we get there, we just quickly deposit our luggage and continue to the small village Salakh . The ride to this village alone is worth the trip. We always ride you along the sea, and the landscape is overwhelmingly beautiful.
But a very special surprise awaits us in Salakh. Old women have an ancient tradition here. They use their tongues to cleanse their clients' eyes. Admittedly, this is not for everyone, but if you want and have the courage, you can have your eyes cleaned.
9. Day: Ride to Haftrango
Even if we are "only" on one island, the diversity of the landscape is surprising. Today we're going to get a taste of it. And as a treat, it could be that we meet wild camels today.
We eat and sleep in Haftrango in the guest house of the same name.
10. Day: Ride to Chahkooh Canyon
We leave our luggage in the Raftrango guest house and set off for the Chahkooh Canyon, approx. 26 km. You should have good shoes with you so that we can climb safely through the rocky landscape.
On the way back we will visit one of the oldest weeds where traditional wooden boats are made. The craftsmen will explain to us and demonstrate the effort involved in making these ships by hand as in the old days.
In time for dinner we will be back in Haftrango.
11. Day: Boat trip
Have you ever heard of "Avicennia Marina"? These particular plants are popularly known as gray or white mangroves. And you can find them here too. We'll rent a boat and sail through the mangrove forest. A special kind of experience.
We will eat and stay overnight again in the Haftrango guest house.
12. Day: Ride to Bandar-e Laft
Now we have stayed in Haftrango long enough and it is time to move. Today we will go to Bandar-e Laft. Laft is located in the middle of a mangrove forest. Characteristic for the place are the wind towers that tower high above the houses of the place and are reminiscent of Yazd.
Our inn is called Laft17 and we have dinner here too.
13. Day: Ride to Gevarzin
Gevarzin is just a small village, but it has a very nice hotel, the Safaabad hotel. This is where we will spend the last night of our trip.
But before we say goodbye we visit the Guran reservoir. Once again we enjoy the sunset on our island, enjoy the delicious food again and then get ready for the journey back home.
14. Day: Flight Home
And with that our Qeshm-Eco-Radel-Tour ends. We hope you enjoyed it and we can soon see you again on one of our trips to Iran, India or another of our travel destinations.