For those interested in ancient history , a visit to the ancient town of Harireh is a must. Harireh is most probably the town that the renowned Iranian poet, Sa'adi, has referred to in his book 'The Rose Garden'. There are references in the works of Iranian and arab historians to the location of the town on the island. These say that the town was situated in the middle of the northern part, precisely where the ruins are standing today.
The topography o the Island is such that the surface water flows to a certain part in the north called the Portuguese Valley . Therefore , the area is naturally vegetated and one of the Island's oldest lour trees is there . Around this tree the Derakht-e-Sabz Park has been created.
The verdant area, the buildings and wooden pavements and fences remind one of the Caspian Sea coast . But what attracts tourists to this spot is the size of this mythical tree.
The cloths tied to this tree give it a sacred aura and that is the exactly what some people believe .Its interesting to know that the native people thay says this very old tree its HOLY, most probably , visitors and the new residents of the Island are the ones who promoted this idea.
The Derakht-e-Sabz Park adjacent to the historical town of Harireh, Providing a pleasant atmosphere for the visitors to Harireh to relax and rest.
In the north-eastern corner of Kish Island there is a beach only for women, where women wear only bikini. To take a taxi here from Saffien or Shayan cost IR 10 000 (June 2006). The entrance fee is also IR 10 000. As you enter the area you will be asked to leave your camera and mobile (it is absolutely forbidden to take photos). They are put in a cupboard and you will get a number tag. There is a changing room where you will get a locker. The woman working there has the key so you don't have to think of loosing it on the beach.
The first time I came here I swam for 10 minutes, then lay in the sun reading a book and just enjoying the sun and sea for 30 minutes. I was just about to go in to the water again when the guard blew the whistle and it was time for everyone to get up from the water (the time was 16.30) to get ready to leave as they were closing. Guess if I was disappointed! The other day I came earlier to have more time in the sea and on the beach.
The sun is very strong so use a lot of protection (I did not notice until the evening I had become very red). The water temperature was at least 30 degrees C.
In the area there are showers, toilets and a shop selling drinks and snacks.
An attraction for the romantics is watching the sunset by the Greek Ship. Viewers cannot help but be mesmerized by the rainbow that appears when the sun begins to go down. No tourist has bypassed the chance to witness this natural phenomenon. It is as if the sun here is different from the sun seen elsewhere. It is said that many years ago, a Greek cargo ship approached Kish, and for unknown reasons, it ran aground and was unable to leave. The name of the ship was Kula F. It is a mountain of steel; behind which the sun hides and in the moonlight it looks like a floating giant.
Near the ship, a rest area has been set up and refreshments are served there. Overall, it can provide an unforgettable experience for all.
A small complex, surrounding the famous Green tree. It's said that this tree is the oldest (about 600 years old) Lour Tree of the island.There are more of these trees in the island but this one is believed to be the oldest .
Some people believe it's a holy tree.(but I've heard the natives don't believe in that.)
The form of this tree is really amazing.
This complex is near ancient city of Harireh.
In 1966 the Greek steamship Koula F stranded on the west side of Kish Island, and it has been there ever since. It is a popular place to visit at sunset and many people come here on tours.
I had hoped to find bikes for rent in Saffein as it is 7 - 8 km between the two places, but as there was no bikes I took a taxi. Arriving to the Greek Ship I realised it was not only in Saffein there was construction work going on by the waterfront, but also by the Greek ship, and thus the bicycle rout was broken up.
I took a few photos of the ship, but didn’t stay long as it was dusty and noisy from all work. I guess it will be very nice when it is ready, and hopefully there will be a café or restaurant there as well, because when I was there, there was nothing.
This water reservoir is situated near Harireh and has recently been restored. What you can see in the picture is wind towers and domes, which was used to circulate the air to cool the stored freshwater. The water was then distributed by underground aqueducts.
The beach is really nice and clean,the really clear water let u see deep inside of the water.There is a special part for women too,where they can swim and enjoy the beach and the shining sun.
For all the information on Kish perfect natural attractions(including sea animals and birds,...) take at the website :
Kart Racing in Kish piste is another fun thing u can do specially if u're not alone.
I did that for the first time, it was really fun but i was hopeless,lol :D
They open at 7 pm and close at 3 am.
First they'll show u a short movie telling u about dos and don'ts in the piste.
We payed 80000 Rials for 5 laps, for each car.
In 1966,people found a ship run aground on the western coastline of the Kish island. It's a greek ship. There were almost no way to move the ship out of that place.So since then,that ship has become one of the Kish attractions. It's now rusting and getting decayed little by little.
But the attracting fact about this Greek ship is the amazing view of sunset behind the ship. Most of the tour leaders arrange the tour and the timing well so that people can be there in sunset time.
Kariz-e-Kish (also called Payab) is an ancient underground water system with aqueducts and reservoirs 16 metres below surface, under a coralline layer. The system is over 2000 years old and covers about 10 000 sq metres. It has been restored and there are now a traditional tea house and handicraft stalls there.
Arriving to the Kariz I was surprised the entrance fee was as much as IR 20 000 (much more than the entrance fee to many other sites in Iran), but you will get a guided tour and the guide was good at English and had a lot of information to tell.
Iranians love Kish shopping centers,lol, they can spend the whole day shopping.
Kish has some great shopping centers, some are more famous.I think these are the best :
1.Kish trade center
These shopping centers have cafe shops and restaurant too.
There's a shopping center(not a very big one) for Chinese products with a really low cost (i dunno about the quality) but they're really cheap.
Sorry if some pics are not very clear ;)
Thousands of palm trees have been planted. Butterflies, Exotic Birds,Cactus & Silk gardens, World of Orchids, Oceanarium, Submarine aquarium, Artificial rain forest & Volcano mountain projects are under design & construction. Dolphins & other sea mammals will amuse visitors with wonderful shows.
"Qanat"(subterranean aqueduct that includes a network of wells & tunnels to bring out water from underground) is the secret in the heart of Kish. It is unique in the world. The temperature. inside is 22 -25° C throughout the year. There are plans to build modern & traditional restaurants, museum, etc. in the tunnels.
In the east part of Kish you will find most of the resort hotels and big shopping centres. Saffein (the area where I stayed) in the north west part of the island is more a residential area and near the sea you will find the older part with low traditional houses. Here you can hear a combination of Farsi and Arabic, as the Arabic influence throughout the centuries has been great.