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Best destinations in Azerbaijan – Experience a journey you won’t want to forget

By Rhea Alex - July 2, 2020
Best destinations in Azerbaijan

Though Azerbaijan hasn’t exactly been one of the most popular regions for traveller enthusiasts from across the globe, the region truly provides one of the fulfilling adventures for travellers. The place is a perfect mix of tradition and history at its best. The diversity, culture and ancient historical heritage of Azerbaijan make sit one of the best places to visit and explore. For all, you wildlife lovers out there, the region has a plethora of distinct and unique wildlife species that you can witness in their natural habitat. Azerbaijan makes for a great place for that once in lifetime travel that you’ve been looking for. 

Azerbaijan
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If you’re looking to travel to the region, we’ve listed down the best destinations in Azerbaijan for you to journey to. Find all that you need to know about this wonderful place below. 

The Best Destinations in Azerbaijan

Every destination listed below offers tourists with an entirely unique and varied experience altogether. It solely depends on the kind of vacation you’re looking at and what you think would kinder your interest in order to narrow down on some of the best destinations in Azerbaijan.

  1. Baku
  2. Ganja
  3. Quba
  4. The mountain villages
  5. Sheki
  6. Shamakhi
  7. Lankaran

1. Baku

Baku
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Baku is most definitely one of the most sought after destinations in Azerbaijan and also happens to be the capital of Azerbaijan as well. The mysterious ‘Maiden Tower,’ coupled with the famous ‘ Icheri Sheher,’  forms a major portion of the focal point in the region. Baku itself has a unique charm to it with its exquisite architectural styles resembling the modern skyline and the Russian Empire, both of which have in turn given Baku a layered like appearance.

Some of the most popular highlights in Baku include the – ‘Flame Towers,’ ‘Caspian Sea,’ the ‘Nizami Street,’ and a few others along the way. Tourists visiting the region can explore these popular viewpoints whilst enjoying their stay at some of the best-budgeted hotels that Baku has to offer. So whether you’re looking for restaurants, cafe’s, hotels, the region has something in it for you. 

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2. Ganja 

Ganja
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In comparison to Baku, the ‘Ganja,’ region of  Azerbaijan has found to attract and draw a much lesser number of tourists over the years. The city in itself happens to be the birthplace of the poet ‘Nizami Ganjavi,’ a renowned 12th-century poet of that time.

Tourists looking to visit this region would have to travel for about 370-kilometres and journey their way to the capital city of Baku, about a four and a half hour travel to be precise. The city itself is beautiful and is filled with a number of historical monuments and ancient sites. Ganja finds itself dating all the way back to the 6th century, with a large number of churches, caravanserai and mosques in its vicinity. This region can be easily established as one of the best destinations in Azerbaijan.

3. Quba 

Quba
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If you’re someone who loves the beauty of nature and would enjoy the lush landscapes, traditional culture and ancient mountain villages, ‘Quba,’ is just the place for you. Tourists can immerse themselves in some of the most traditional and cultural activities while in the region. Located about 170 kilometres away from the capital city of Baku, is the ‘Cultural Centre,’ situated towards the northeastern side of the tend.

This is undoubtedly one of the most recommended places for tourists to visit while in Azerbaijan. For those of you wanting to make your way upto the ‘Shahdag Mountain,’ which is located about 600 meters above the sea level, this is a journey you’re sure to cherish. The fresh air and cultural richness of the places, coupled with the great Caucasus Mountains landscapes and Tenghi Canyon, are just some of the other highlights you’ll witness in the region. 

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4. The mountain villages

Azerbaijan offers tourists some of the best mountain ranges you’ll find, the views in the region are just breathtaking and are sure to overwhelm you. Tourists can head over to the ‘Qudailchay River,’ and make their way to the opposite side – as they find themselves strolling through the famous ‘Qirmizi Qesebe,’ or ‘Red Town.’ Tourists visiting the region for the very first time, are sure to be amazed at the diversity that this little village has to offer. The ambience is surreal and leaves you speechless with a longing for so much more. 

5. Sheki

Sheki
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Commonly known to be one of the oldest settlements of the Caucasus, the ‘Sheki,’ region is regarded as one of the most stunning places in  Azerbaijan. The whole of the region has a population of about 60,000 folks, residing at the foot of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. It was the Sheki’s silk that transformed the small town into what it is today. Another great achievement of the transformation lies in regards to the Silk Road and the major post that graces the road. 

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6. Shamakhi

Shamakhi
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The ‘Shamakhi,’ is yet another hotspot for all your history buffs out there. The entire city boasts of about two and a half millennia of history. The ‘Shirvan Empire’s capital,’ which remains a rather small housing town for tourists to explore is just about a two-hour drive from the capital city of Baku. The ‘Gulistan Fortress,’ has continued to attract tourists over the years for its medieval archaeological ruins that remain, as the structure itself dates back to about thousand years. 

6. Lankaran

Lankaran
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As you make your way towards the Southern part of the ‘Baku,’ alongside the coast of the ‘Caspian Sea,’ travellers witness a glimpse of the sleepy town of Iran named ‘Lankaran.’ Renowned for its local delicacies and rich heritage, the town of ‘Lankaran,’ has received much acclaim from the locals in the region. It undoubtedly is one of their most favourite places to visit, as they stroll through the small town and make their way across the ‘Old Prison,’ ‘Lankaran Fortress,’ ‘Lighthouse,’ and so much more. Known to be one of the best destinations in Azerbaijan, it truly provides travellers with one of the most refreshing and heartwarming journeys they’d have ever been out on. 

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