Hormuz Island or Hormoz is an Iranian island in the Persian Gulf. Located in the Strait of Hormuz, 8 kilometers off the Iranian coast, the island is part of Hormozgān Province.
VALLEY OF THE STATUES
You can spot this valley from the small hut on the side of the road. Walking a little further off the road there are kinds of rocks that have been shaped by wind, rain and age into a variety of interesting shapes.
THE PORTUGUESE CASTLE
Located in the town, the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception, also known as the Portuguese Castle, a red stone fortress on Hormuz Island, is one of the last surviving monuments of Portuguese colonial rule in the Persian Gulf. Ormuz was an important maritime city and a small kingdom near the entrance to the Persian Gulf. This structure was constructed in the year 1507 AD. on the orders of Alfonso de Albuquerque the renounced Portuguese navigator.
Hormoz Island is famous for its colorful soil and this leaded to the idea of making the world’s largest soil carpet under the title of “Persian Gulf”. The soil carpet covering an area of 1250 square meters is made of 90 different colors of soil.
A geologist’s dream and an inspiration for artists and nature enthusiasts, the Rainbow Valley is a narrow valley with multi-hued earth and sand and colorful mountains in shades of red, purple, yellow, ochre and blue – the result of the uneven cooling of molten rock. On all sides, there are patches of color form geometric patterns. This awesomely photogenic natural site is at its best in the late afternoon.