Kish, considered the pearl of the Persian Gulf, is a resort island of 91.5-square-kilometre in Bandar Lengeh County, Hormozgān Province off the southern coast of Iran. Thanks to its free trade zone status, the island is touted as a consumer’s paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. Kish Island is as mysterious and enchanting as any other piece of land in the ancient blue expanse of the Persian Gulf. Stunning attractions together with top-notch accommodation make Kish the most visited island in Iran during the vacations.
Khoula F. has been anchored on the southwest coast of the island since 1966. The ship was built in Britain and had several owners before reaching the last one, who was Greek. The ship finally went offshore of Kish, and though an attempt was made to save her, it proved futile, and this giant ship has remained in the West Island on the shores of the azure Kish since. It is especially picturesque at sunset.
Kariz Underground City
Ancient Iranians invented the qanat system because water has always been a scarce resource in many parts of their country, — gently sloping vertical wells that lead water into arid areas. Kariz is a 2,500-year-old qanat, and visitors can take a walk through its tunnels and have an up-close view of this kind of system. The tunnels extend much more than five miles, making Kariz look more like an underground city. This ancient structure has been preserved well and also modernized with the addition of some handicraft stalls and a traditional teahouse.
Harireh Ancient City
Once the commercial hub of the region, this ancient city is among the many spectacular historic and natural highlights of the island that lies far north of Kish Island in the Persian Gulf. Established sometime between the last years of the Sassanid period and the early Islamic era, its significance as a major trade center however dates back to 800 years ago. According to the archeological findings, the site of Harireh is consists of six sections: The beach section, a mansion, a bath, a mosque, a glass making workshop and a number of qanats. Harireh was also one of the centers for the trade of pearls. This is evident from the huge piles of shells in a nearby small gulf.