Azerbaijan, the nation and former Soviet republic, is bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains, which span Asia and Europe. Azerbaijan’s capital on the Caspian Sea combines a medieval old town with 19th-century European palaces and today’s ultramodern skyline. Once notoriously expensive and now affordable, this relatively unknown travel destination has something to suit everyone – from history buffs to food connoisseurs.

Here are most stunning places of Our Country that every Traveler should visit.



Built by Zaha Hadid, this center won the “Design of the Year” award on July 1, 2014. The center includes memorial gallery of Heydar Aliyev (ruler of Azerbaijan during Soviet era in 1969-1982 and president of Azerbaijan from 1993 to 2003), art gallery, concert and library halls, restaurant and conference hall.


The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum was created in 1967. The museum’s new home was built within the National Seaside Park by decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, signed in 2007. and was designed  based on  the plans of the Austrian architect, Franz Yants. It  opened its doors in 2014. 


The National Museum of Arts of Azerbaijan is a rich treasury of our national values and universal cultural heritage, where today more than 17 thousand art objects are stored. The museum was established in 1936, and in 1937 its first exhibition was opened. 


Another notable park of Khachmaz is Chenlibel, which got its name because of the town associated with Koroglu, the national epic character, who led people in their struggle against unjust rulers. The central figure of the park is a monument to Koroglu, who is on a horse with a sword in his hand. 


Baku’s UNESCO-listed fortified old town was once the medieval capital of the Shirvan Shahs. Today, it’s the capital’s heart with Maiden Tower, traditional carpet weavers, bars and restaurants. Visiting traders in a bygone era often referred to Icheri Sheher as the Acropolis of Baku. . It was the famous Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl who noted that Baku and its surrounding areas may have been one of the first centres of human civilization


The Gobustan Preserve, under an hour's drive from Baku (60 km) in eastern Azerbaijan, is home to over 6,000 ancient petroglyphs, the oldest of which are thought to date back some 40,000 years. Scenes depict people, animals, dancing and hunting rituals, battle scenes and camel caravans, and form an unparalleled insight into life in this region in pre-historic times. Here you can also discover the 'gaval dash' musical stone that gives off a tambourine sound when tapped rhythmically with smaller stones, as well as an inscription left by a Roman legion in the 1st century AD. 


Azerbaijan has been historically known as the Land of Fire because of its rich oil and gas resources, and the natural fires that blazed for millenia on the Absheron Peninsula greatly influenced the beliefs and traditions of the local people. You can still see an example of this natural phenomenon 25 kilometres from Baku, at a place known as Yanardagh (which translates as 'Burning Mountain'), located in the village of Mahammadli. The natural subterranean gas that seeps up to the surface is constantly ablaze, giving this mountain its famous burning look.


The exact date of construction of the Maiden Tower is unknown. In the 12th century the Maiden Tower became part of the defensive system of Baku and was the main stronghold of the Baku fortress - one of the most powerful fortresses of the Shirvanshahs. But later studies of the Maiden Tower completely refuted all previous assumptions about its defensive purpose. In the XVIII-XIX centuries, the Maiden Tower was used as a beacon. On the facade of the tower from the entrance side there is a stone with an inscription in Kufic handwriting which  says: «The Tower of Masud, the son of Dawood.» 



Gabala city is located 225 km away from Baku. The region is generally bordered by Dagestan Autonomous Republic from the north, Guba region from the north-east, Ismayilli region from the east, Goychay and Agdash regions from the south and Sheki and Oghuz regions from the west. Gabala City is the most important tourism region in the country combining hotels, international airport, recreation centers, Congress Center and other important infrastructures. City’s tourism potential includes recreational activities, business meetings, cultural tourism, sports tourism and other entertainment activities

Gabala, the city that hosts most of the tourists of the country, has been the capital of Caucasian Albania for 800 years.


Gabala Shooting Club, a favorite place for active leisure fans, is an ideal place to hold large-scale sports competitions. The Grand Prix of the International Shooting named after Heydar Aliyev has been held here in 2014 and 2016 years. All the necessary conditions have been provided for the convenience of both guests and athletes at the complex. Cottages have been built here for guests who want to spend the night at the complex.


This mountainous waterfall flowing from the highest peaks of the Caucasus Mountains and locates in Vandam village of Gabala. The name of the Seven Beauties (Yeddi Gozal) Waterfall originates from the name of the 7 mountain roads that should pass to reach the waterfall. As the waterfall is completely frozen in the winter, it gets harder to get here. But in spring and summer, tea houses are available on every mountain road, where the guests are offered a tea set with traditional types of Gabala jam. At the highest point of the waterfall there is a tea house with a special wooden mattress where you can drink tea with the pleasant sound and scenery of the waterfall in the background. 


Gabaland is the largest theme park in the open air in Azerbaijan and in the region, and favorite destination both for foreign guests coming to Gabala and local people. Entertainment and leisure park is intended both for adults and children. The park is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Gabala and is open all the year round. In the entertainment centre Gabaland there are interesting attractions for all age categories – from small children (4 years) to adults. Over 50 attractions are functioning in the entertainment centre.


Nohur Lake is one of the most popular and visited natural attractions of Gabala, Azerbaijan. Located about 5 km. east of the Gabala city, the lake is surrounded by the forests and high mountains called Yumru, Goydag and Gulluburun. The lake covers 240 ha in total and has the maximum depth of 24 meters.

The Nohur lake has very clear water thanks to the fresh water sources spilt into the lake. Apart from the small seasonal water supply coming from the mountains of Caucasus, Damiraparan and Vandam rivers also flow to the lake. Historically, the lake used was a natural lake, but in 1949, a water-storage reservoir constructed in the south part of the lake.



The Sheki Khan’s summer palace alone makes Sheki a worthwile place to visit and it is among the top things to do in Sheki. In fact, I liked it more than the palace of the Shirvanshah in Baku. The design and frescoes are outstanding. The typical Azeri shebeke windows give it a finishing touch. You can’t take pictures inside, but they won’t do justice anyway to the intricate detailed paintings that cover every inch of the walls and ceilings.

Close to the palace is a small history museum and a covered bazaar where they sell souvenirs. Not far from the summer palace is also a lesser known winter palace that is just being renovated.


Even if you are not staying in the Karavan Seray hotel, it is a great place to visit in Sheki. You are free to enter the courtyard and walk around. I love exploring places on the old Silk road and nowhere did it feel so real as in Sheki. It was not hard to imagine how these places were full of traders with their camels or donkeys. The old Karavan Serai provided a secure place to sleep. If you look carefully you will still see the hooks where traders kept their animals.


·Although the mountains around Sheki are not as spectacular as the ones in Khinaliq, they are certainly worth exploring. Although there are no official hiking trails it is easy to just wander some of the paths up the mountains from Sheki. From Kish there are also some beautiful mountain sceneries. 


·The great food in Sheki was not restricted to the market and trying some of the local delicacies is one of the great things to do in Sheki. In the Caucasus it becomes difficult to keep track of all the great food experiences you will have, but Sheki Halva makes it high up the list.The sweet made of nuts, walnuts, butter, sugar and spices melts on your mouth and the taste is something you’ll not forget easily. If not for the history and mountains, come to Sheki for Sheki halva.Sheki Halva is not the only specialty of the region. Sheki also has some of the best piti in the country. The stew made of lamb, sheep fat, chickpeas, onions, chestnuts, saffron and spices is cooked in a claypot and eaten in a particular way.



·       Nizami Ganjavi, a 12th-century poet, is Azerbaijan’s most famous and revered figure. A large monument was erected which later collapsed from dilapidation in the 1840s. Reconstructed again in 1947 and renovated into its current form in 1991 after Azerbaijan’s independence, the tall cylindrical structure and surrounding gardens are a major attraction in Ganja. Tourists need to travel nine kilometres (5.6 miles) along the R51 Highway to reach the Mausoleum.


Any tourist travelling through Eastern Europe and Russia will encounter the name Kvas. From a first glance, it looks similar to a glass of beer. But it’s not beer. Instead, Kvas comes from fermented bread and gets served in a small cup. Located along Nizami Ganjavi sits a tiny hole in the water, selling the best Kvas in Ganja. Spend a few cents and sample this somewhat unusual drink in Azerbaijan.


Lake Göygöl, or “Blue Lake,” is located around snowy mountains at 1,556 meters above the sea level in the western Göygöl district of Azerbaijan. It arguably one of the most beautiful natural sites in the Caspian country. The lake was born in the wake of a strong earthquake, which devastated the Mount Kapaz to block the Aghsu River with huge stone debris from the mountain. The name Göygöl comes from the color of its water, which changes constantly from green to blue and vice-versa. Around 350,000 tourists came to see this natural wonder in 2017. 


Covering a whopping 450 hectares, Heydar Aliyev Park has the title of Azerbaijan’s and the Caucasus’s largest park. A total of nine gates lead inside. The lavish Arch of Triumph marks the main entrance. Inside, manicured lawns and neat flower arrangements welcome visitors as they stroll through the complex. An amusement park, large pond and bicycle rentals provide entertainment while vendors sell popcorn, light snacks and refreshments. Despite the location on the city’s outskirts, the park ranks as a favourite attraction in Ganja.



Quba in the country’s northeast is an important destination for Azerbaijan culture. The ancient mountain town along the Qudailchay River is a stone’s throw from remote villages full of history. A small all-Jewish settlement sits on the opposite side of the river traversing the town. Craggy mountains and valleys surround the cultural communities. The nearby village of Khinalug at 2350 metres (7710 feet) offers stunning mountain landscapes and plenty of hiking opportunities.


A trip to Lake Chanlibel in the northern Guba region of Azerbaijan could turn into an exploration of nature, as the lake is not fully discovered due to its off-the-radar status until recently. The small picturesque lake is considered a perfect place for a family picnic, due to its meadows and safe conditions. If fishing in a quiet place in fresh air among the mountains is a way of putting yourself at ease, Lake Chanlibel is the spot for you.


Lerik ideally suits those who want to get away from the hubbub of civilization, to breathe fresh mountain air and enjoy an unparalleled view of majestic mountains, rapid rivers and noisy waterfalls. Because of this lush environment, Lerik is quite rightly known for the longevity of its residents. Popular natural recreational zones in Lerik are Byulyudyul (20 km from the centre of the district) and Zyarigala (17 km) which have springs with delicious water. The woods and along the banks of Lerik River are ideal for hunting wild boar, hares, foxes, duck and grouse. Rare leopards are known to live deep within the mountain forests. 

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