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The Greek ship at sunset

The Pier

There is a long pier just behind the Maryam Bowling alley...it is about a kilometer long and is great for walks when the weather's good. It really adds to the beauty of the city - great place to soak in the autumn weather at night.

Being a Muslim country, swimmers are segregated by sex - the men's swimming beach is here while for ladies its a distance away. This pier seems to be a popular spot for the Philipino workers who come from Dubai. They'll  fish and picnic here in large groups with their radios blaring Tagalog tunes - for a Southeast Asian like me its  okay but i don't think the Iranians particularly like it.

Greek Ship

In the 1940's a Greek ship ran aground off the coast of Kish Island and it has been there eversince.

The excavated old city
Its about 45 minutes from the town centre and seems to be a major attraction - it looks pretty creepy to me but the place surrounding it has great facilities for children..swings, tea shops, bicycle rides etc - when I was there there were busloads of tourists visiting. No entrance fee so thats a plus point

Old City and adjacent areas

Towards the Arab town, about half an hour from the Kish town centre is an excavation site - they found a walled city which must have been in existence hundreds of years ago. This part of Kish was where pearl divers used to dive into the sea - there are still holes where they emerged with their pearl catches. Its nice to walk around the site - you can imagine parts of the building that  might have been a toilet or a wash basin.

Homes in the Arab quarter
From here the Iranian mainland is very visible - its a mere 20 kilometers away, but it seems like another world away compared to Kish.

Arab Town

45 minutes from Kish town lies the Arab quarters - compared to posh Saddaf, this is where the poorer Arabs live - and their poverty shows. Here lies Kish's only Sunni mosque, owing to the Arabs here who don't share the rest of the Iranians Shiite Muslim faith. There is a fish market, a small local souk which is pretty bustling which sells things you would not find in the town area...Pashmina shawls, prayer mats etc. I'd reccomend visiting this place to get a different feel of Kish - this is where the original inhabitants of Kish live...you'd not be wrong to feel you're in Yemen or Saudi Arabia.

 

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The Greek ship at sunset
The Greek ship at sunset
The excavated old city
The excavated old city
Homes in the Arab quarter
Homes in the Arab quarter
Tourists at the Greek ship
Tourists at the Greek ship
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photo by: nanie05