Venturing to see the Persian Gulf from Asalouyeh, a town in the south-central portion of Iran, can put to mind the importance of the gulf to the Arab Region. Those going here can visit the area through Persian Gulf Airport, a small port of entry that caters to both domestic and international flights. Upon landing on the 13,115 ft long runway, tourists will find that the airport is located on the shore.
Plans are being developed to build a new runway and a terminal to accommodate more travellers in the region. The terminal will have seven air bridges and will be connected to the current terminal by a corridor. Both domestic and international terminals will be separate, which can make the airport easy to navigate for newly arrived travellers on this part of Iran.
What to see & do
Visiting the town of Asaluyeh can be underwhelming for some, due to the lack of fine sights in the area. It is, however, known for being the site of the land-based facilities of the large Pars Special Energy Economic Zone (PSEEZ) project. After this, not much can be found here, making it necessary for tourists to explore different parts of the region.
There is more to the Persian Gulf than Asalouyeh, such as the island of Kish, the cosmopolitan beach retreat in Iran. Hotels, apartment blocks, and retail complexes dominate the desert landscape, making it seem like a pleasant place to visit for those who want to mingle with the crowds heading for the beach. Men and women cannot swim or sunbathe together, allowing for some relative privacy for those out in a group. Those in Kesh, however, can visit the Harireh, where a collection of artefacts from around 1000 CE can be found. From here, tourists can then check out the Kariz-e-Kish, a large and modern structure located in a subterranean network of stone passage ways around the historic qanat.
Qeshm is also another possible destination, being the largest island in the Persian Gulf. It is surrounded by mangrove forests, attractive beaches, and various Bandari villages. Hikers will enjoy themselves in checking out the canyons, hills, caves, and valleys, as well as keeping an eye out for the wildlife in the Qeshm Island Geopark. After checking out the thriving natural environment, tourists can turn to the Qeshm Geopark Museum. Its cultural, natural, and geological exhibits make pleasant sights to see around here. There is also the Ghal'e-ye Portoghaliha to see in Qeshm Town to visit. This old, crumbling structure makes quite a picturesque sight for budding photographs.
The Hormoz Island can also be a part of the itinerary, which can be a respite from the bustling pace in the cities of the province. The only settlement to be found here is a small village, as well as a Portuguese sea fort slowly eroding. Hormoz, however, is a popular place for geology enthusiasts out to see the Rainbow Valley, so called for a splendid landscape of different-coloured volcanic rocks and soils.
How to get around within Asaloyeh
Not much information on the public transportation around the Persian Gulf is generally available. Tourists out to visit the area can look for regional bus transport. Another option to think about is renting a car from the airport for a relatively more convenient way to go around the province. Cruise ships might also be traversing the places near the shore of Iran, which can be easier for those who want to check out the countryside.
How to get there
Those visiting this part of Iran can schedule connecting flights to Persian Gulf Airport. Airlines serving here include Caspian Airlines, Iran Aseman Airlines, Iranian Air Transport, Kish Air, Mahan Air, and Sepahan Airlines.