TEHRAN – Iran’s southern islands Qeshm and Kish will reopen hotels and tourist attractions as coronavirus lockdown measures are relaxed in the country, Persian media reported on Wednesday.
However, eco-lodges and wedding venues in Qeshm will remain closed until further notice.
Meanwhile, on the island of Kish, sea clubs, restaurants and shopping malls have been allowed to reopen after the holy month of Ramadan, as the island is one of the white areas in the country without any trace of coronavirus.
Authorities have also asked residents and tourists of both islands to continue to strictly observe health protocols and social distancing rules.
Qeshm Island is an eco-tourist’s paradise as it includes many attractions such as the Hara Marine Forests and around 60 villages scattered mostly along its rocky shores.
The island also includes geologically eye-catching canyons, hills, caves and valleys, most of which are protected as part of the World Heritage Site of Qeshm Island Geopark. UNESCO, itself a paradise for nature lovers.
Many travelers to Qeshm think the Valley of the Stars or the Valley of the Stars is a “MUST SEE”. It is home to oddly shaped gorges, high pillars, canyon-like paths, carved spaces, and smooth, round stones, formed by wind and rain eroding soil, boulders and stones. Locals believe that a star once fell in this area, creating rocky shapes that make it look like it came from another planet.
Over the past two decades, the Coral Island of Kish has grown into a seaside resort where visitors can swim, shop, and sample a relaxed and relatively free local lifestyle. It is home to free trade zone status, with hotels, shopping malls, apartment buildings and shopping complexes constantly growing.
ABU / MG