ART & CULTURE
The cultural life of Baku enchants both residents and guests of the city with its broad-ranging evening programs, regardless of whether it is a business day or at the weekend. There are many museums and private exhibitions of popular artists, vintage theaters and amazing performances, art galleries and monuments to local and international artists, installed in Baku’s wonderful parks, where you can enjoy good times with your family or simply by yourself.
The nature of Azerbaijan – partly wild and deserted and partly covered with the remains of ancient forests, is a never-ending marvel for any traveler. The flora of Azerbaijan is exceptionally rich. It brings to mind a large national carpet, thanks to its brightness and the variety of rich colours. The terrain of Azerbaijan is densely carved by many rivers and mountain streams, some of which form noisy waterfalls, echoing deep into the mountains.
Azerbaijan possesses a rich history of statehood which extends over a period of approximately 5,000 years. The first state organizations here first appeared at the end of the 4th millennium and the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. Due to its advantageous geographical location and favorable climate, Azerbaijan has from ancient times attracted great interest from various empires and states. In the period from the 3rd century to the 7th century AD, Azerbaijan was occupied first by the Iranian Sassanid Empire, and then by the Arab Caliphate. Both empires relocated a large population with Iranian and Arab origins to the country. However, it was the Caliphate and Islam, which they practiced that played a key role in the history of the formation of the peoples and the state of Azerbaijan. It was with the adoption of the Islamic religion that the history of Azerbaijan began to undergo radical change. Islam gave a strong impulse to the formation of a unified nation, language, customs, etc.
Food & Drink
The fame of rich Azerbaijani cuisine has probably gone around the world and back several times. It is most likely that you won’t have enough time to taste the whole variety of national dishes available, but nevertheless, this section will help you easily choose an appropriate style and venue to suit your taste. It should be noted that the capital will not only let you taste local dishes, but also dishes of other nationalities and countries. International franchises, authentic cafés, luxurious restaurants, open-air playgrounds, cozy wine bars and noisy pubs, along with other exciting locations will suit anyone who is ready to experience local delights, by getting to know local people through their sumptuous cuisine.Known as one of the cradles of world wine-making, Azerbaijan is likely to be a revelation for wine connoisseurs.
Our Most Popular Indoor & Outdoor Attractions
Tufandag Ski Resort
Tufandag Mountains Resort is 4 km from the city of Gabala – the ancient capital of Caucasian Albania. The distance from the international airport of Gabala is 20 km, and it's 220 km from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Tufandag is well equipped and can accommodate up to 3,000 people at a time. It has restaurants, cafes, bars, a ski school for adults and children, ski equipment rental and a repair service operates on the territory of the complex.
Children Snow Sledging
If you are over 4 years of age, energetic and thirsty for fun, sledging is perfect for you! Hold onto the
sledge tightly and have fun in the children’s area. Adults can recall their childhood while watching their
Shahdag Spa & Wellness
The essential relaxing element of any stay at Shahdag Mountain Resort is indulging its spa treatment. The Ovdan Spa at Shahdag Hotel & Spa is one of the best spa services in the region. Enter the purifying hammam, let the dry heat of the sauna reinvigorate you, or simply take a swim in the pool. For a more exclusive experience, the Wellness Area counts an amazing VIP Spa Suites.
Regardless of age, horse riding in the heart of the beautiful nature of Shahdagh and its fresh mountain air is open to all and doesn't require any experience as you'll be accompanied by the resort's expert guides.
Combine the exhilarating feeling of soaring through the air with the breathtaking views. This incredible heart-pounding ride starts with a safety briefing before climbing up to the platform high above the Shahdag resort. Stepping off the platform you descend across the hillside with incredible views across the resort and surrounding areas. This is not for the faint-hearted as you travel at speeds of up to 20-25 km/h at approximately 45 m in the air.
Flights begin at 2 different start points (the first at 2,250 m and the second at 1,650 m) and you'll be accompanied by members of the professional Fly Shahdag paragliding team. Shoes, helmet and gloves are provided by the resort and flights are filmed on a GoPro.
Shahdag Mountain Resort
The Shahdag tourism complex, the first ski resort in Azerbaijan, is located in the northeast in Shahdag National Park, named after the iconic Mount Shahdag in the Gusar region of Azerbaijan. Shahdag has pistes both for beginners and real professionals – 14 ski slopes of varying levels of complexity stretch 17 kilometers. Each trail is prepared with the help of artificial snow generators, which prolongs the ski season longer and improves the quality of the pistes.
Just climb aboard these specially made inflatable rings and glide your way down the slopes at exhilarating speed. Snow tubing is a great way to experience the fun of winter from a whole new perspective. No experience is necessary, simply invite family and friends, grab your tube and let the fun begin!
Quad Baking Tours
Quad biking excursions begin in the Caucasus Mountains with a brief instruction, after which protective helmets are put on,
engines started up and off you go on an adrenaline-filled adventure along specially designated winding passes. Guides will familiarize you with the safety rules and explain how to operate these powerful machines for maximum fun and excitement.
AF Hotel & Aquapark
This hotel is in the resort of Novkhana, on the Caspian Sea and direct access to Azerbaijan’s largest water park with outdoor swimming pools.
AF Hotel-Aqua Park - Aparthotel provides air conditioned rooms and suites with modern décor and a balcony offering great views of the Caspian Sea. All rooms include parquet floors and a private bathroom.
Bilgah Beach Hotel
A private beach, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a spa center are featured at this 5-star hotel, located on the Caspian Sea coast.
The elegant, stylish rooms of this hotel have warm-colored interiors and carpeted floors. Each room includes a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar and a private bathroom. Some rooms offer balconies with a sea view.
Sea Breeze Resort
Featuring a restaurant, bar, garden and free WiFi, Sea Breeze Apartments is located in Baku, 13 miles from Baku Olympic Stadium and 16 miles from Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. The property is around 18 miles from Ganjlik Mall, 19 miles from Freedom Square and 19 miles from Fountain Square. The property provides pool views, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk.
Amburan Beach Club
Escape at any time of year to Amburan’s glorious golden-beach getaway In a prime location along the Bilgah coast, Amburan Beach lies northeast of the capital, just a 45-minute drive from Baku city centre. Amuran Beach Resort is a semi-exclusive club with almost everything you can think off, giving visitors access to the beach, pools, restaurants and Amburan activities.
Baku Carting & Event Center
The largest indoor carting in the Caucasus, Baku Karting & Event Center, has been open since 2010 and features a track of 4,000 square metres which is 500 metres in length. It's open Monday-Friday from 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. Carting lessons for kids are also possible. The site is also home to the Rich Club & Lounge nightclub and is a popular venue for cooperate events.
Kite-surfing in Shuraabad
If water sports are your thing and you’re no stranger to kitesurfing, the Bluе Planet Kayt beach located in the village of Shuraabad in the Khizi region, near Baku, is not to be missed. This is Azerbaijan's first kitesurfing centre where you'll truly be able to appreciate the strength of Baku's winds. The center also has courses to improve the skills of beginners and professionals alike.
Mambo Beach Club
This is a resort area in the southwest of Baku, Azerbaijan. Located only 8 minutes drive from the city center of Baku. Mambo Beach Club awaits for the new guests to share enjoyment, taste and nature. With its exclusive location, this Caspian beach offers days of basking in the sun; bar refreshments during the day, international cuisine and wonderful pool which will make your experience unique!
Due to its size and number of attractions the Gabaland amusement park in Gabala is sometimes called an 'Azerbaijani Disneyland'. It is located in one of the most picturesque regions of Azerbaijan and attracts summer tourists from Russia, Iran and Turkey. The amusement park is equipped with slot machines shipped over from the UK, Italy, Germany and Israel, a 6D attraction, and 'Laser Maxx' playground.