Farasan Islands are considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world, with fantastic and poetic views, and when you visit them, you may engage in a variety of stunning and fun activities. Farasan Islands are considered the jewel of Jazan since there are only three continuously inhabited islands among the Farasan Islands, as opposed to the other 84 Islands.
While the rest of the islands are big marine-type natural reserves with wonderful beaches and exquisite white sand, the islands are also distinguished by the presence of green mangrove trees, and you can enjoy observing the inland and low cliffs. Furthermore, the Islands are a nature reserve with many beautiful birds and wildlife such as: ( flamingos-Gray Swans-Mountain Deers ).
You can visit the Farasan Islands in Jazan during the winter to watch the birds that migrate from Europe to settle on these wonderful islands, do an amazing exploration by walking on foot to see the wonderful wild natural life around you, scuba dive, and also you can't miss the opportunity to spend the night with the sky above full of stars and rays of light mixed with the light of a campfire with its warmth.
The Farasan Islands are located south of the Red Sea, where they are located to the southwest of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and consist of a large number of islands, the most famous of which are : ( Farasan island - Saluba island - Kira island - Doshk Island - Zafaf island - Damask island - Qumah Island - Al-Sajid island ).
Farasan island contains a large number of monuments, the most famous of which are the Portuguese Castle in addition to ( Lukman and Al-Ardi Castles - Beit Al-Jarmal -Beit Al-Kadmi - Al-Rifai house - Wadi Matar-Al-Najdi mosque - Green buildings ).
The History of the Farasan Islands
The Farasan Islands were very greatly influenced by the Himyarite culture, as it was one of the ancient cultures spread through the islands south of Arabia, and until now there are some monuments discovered in this region, most of which date back to the reign of the Himyarite Kingdom.
This means that these islands were once commercial areas, as they were associated with ancient civilizations, and the interest of these civilizations was largely focused on trading, and this is evidenced by the Antiquities discovered on those islands to this day.
In ancient times, the Farasan Islands were considered an important station for meeting and resting during business trips, most of which were seasonal business trips depending on the wind. All these factors helped them settle in the Farasan Islands and make civilizations. As for the relationship of the Portuguese with the Farasan Islands, the islands were only a station in their trip and nothing else, and that is why they did not leave any traces behind that tell about the period of their stay or settlement on the island.
It is possible that they didn't settle in the islands due a Al-Mamluks settling in the Red Sea, which made them worried about settling there, and the Farasan Islands are close to the port of Massawa and Dahlak, which also prevented them from settling near Abyssinia as well and building their forts and houses, and for this, they have moved to areas far away from all these categories of cultures and civilizations, and this in order to save labour and building materials that they will use in construction.
The Farasan Islands during the Ottoman era
As soon as the Ottomans reached the Red Sea, they completely turned it into an Ottoman Lake, and from there, they were able to get their hands on the Farasan Islands, and this was in the 16th century in 1538 AD to get their hands on it completely.