Oksana Isupova

Apr 14, 2021

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Azerbaijan is a country of contrasts, where modern architecture is amazingly combined with historical buildings. Azerbaijan is a land of fires, the burning hills of which have attracted travelers since the 13th century. Azerbaijan is a country of mysteries: walking along the boulevard in Baku, you can accidentally get to … Venice. And finally, Azerbaijan is a country of rich flora and fauna; the world of animals and plants attracts tourists from all over the world.

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These are not all the reasons why it is worth visiting the state located in Western Asia, but they are definitely among the main ones. From June 1, they promise to open the borders for tourists, so Azerbaijan has every chance of becoming one of the most interesting destinations in 2021.

Fire-breathing mountain Yanardag

A popular natural landmark of Azerbaijan is Yanardag, which means “burning mountain”. The eternal flame has been burning here since ancient times and never goes out, it is not afraid of rain, snow, or strong winds. Flashes of flame are “born” in different places: on stones, on the ground …

This place is popular with travelers as it makes a powerful impression on people. The mountain is especially good in the evening and at night. If you are resting in Baku, we advise you to see Yanardag at this particular time.

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The mountain is ablaze due to a leak of natural gas that erupts from the bowels of the earth. The famous traveler Marco Polo, who visited Baku, spoke about this miracle back in the 13th century. And in the 19th century, Alexander Dumas Sr. admired Yanardag.

The fiery attraction is located on the Apreshon Peninsula, 25 kilometers from the capital.

Futuristic center of Heydar Aliyev

The Heydar Aliyev Center is the pride of Azerbaijan. It was erected in honor of the former president. The image of the object was based on the signature of the head of the country. In 2014, the building became the winner of the international Design of the Year competition, and was recognized as the best in the world. The center is a symbol of modern Baku and its continuous development. The Azerbaijanis owe the appearance of this sight to the Iraqi-British architect and designer Zaha Hadid.

The complex is located on the square of the same name in the center of the capital. It includes a museum, exhibition halls, and a congress hall. The building has bizarre, fluid forms, the roof goes into the floor. Travelers do not always understand the walls or the ground they are walking. The center is surrounded by a multi-tiered park where various exhibitions are held.

Traveling in Azerbaijan – not visiting this place is like ignoring the Eiffel Tower in France.

Seaside park – a piece of Italy

Little Venice in Baku is located in the Seaside National Park. For several decades, the “island of Italy” has been pleasing tourists and locals. Today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions. It appeared in 1960, when a water recreation area was organized on Primorsky Boulevard. The Azerbaijanis immediately christened it Venice. Thus, the people guessed the intention of the head of Baku, Alisha Lemberansky, who, having traveled to Italy, was so impressed with the country that he decided to create a semblance of it in his city. In the 2000s, the architecture of the facility underwent reconstruction: the water channels were expanded, new bridges were built, and real gondolas were launched across the reservoir.

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Little Venice is surrounded by fountains, flowers, figures of fairytale heroes. The shores are full of cafes and restaurants with cuisines of different nationalities.

Once here, be sure to rent a gondola. We’ll have to queue, but it’s worth it. Grab a camera or recharge your phone – you won’t get off with five or six shots. The unique architectural ensemble with marble staircases and glass railings is surprisingly combined with the nature of sunny Azerbaijan and emerald water.

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Goygol nature reserve

Goygol Nature Reserve is a place where you can relax your body and soul. Its beauty is not inferior to the Swiss one. Travelers can admire the animals that live here: foxes, wolves, ermines, martens, deer. There are eight lakes in the park. The most picturesque is Goygol, whose name translates as “blue lake”. This is a mountain reservoir with clear water, in which trout is found. It is populated here every year by the staff of the reserve. Sport fishing is permitted here with gentle tackle. The regulars of the blue lake are white swans.

Photo: staff-online.ru

This is a great place for ecotourists – the park is densely planted with lianas, oaks, elms. Some of the trees are up to forty meters in height, and their trunks are up to two and a half meters thick. The trees are interspersed with shrubs and flower beds. The path to the lake is asphalted, a picturesque view opens from the observation deck. You can get to the National Park by regular bus that goes from Baku or Ganja.

The old town of Icheri Shaher

If you are planning to go to Azerbaijan, be sure to visit the historical part of the capital – Icheri Shaher or the Old City, as the Azerbaijanis call it. It is in this place that you will plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages and feel how the local people lived hundreds of years ago.

Icheri Shaher is a fortress, dilapidated buildings, museums … The area beckons with narrow stone streets, like a labyrinth. Old Baku is fraught with legends, which attracts tourists from all over the world. There is something to see here: the Maiden Tower, the Shemakha Gate, the palace and baths of the Shirvanshahs, the Mosque of Muhammad, the Market Square, etc.

Photo: lachmanski.pl

Icheri Shaher rises on a hill near the Caspian Sea. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Azerbaijan is full of attractions for different tastes: museums, fountains, historical monuments, ancient mausoleums, bustling markets and quiet nature reserves. It cannot be boring in this sunny country. If you have not yet decided where to spend your summer vacation – take note

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Tours to Azerbaijan

Mysterious and incendiary Azerbaijan
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8 days (09 – 16 August)


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