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See & Do

Things to see

  • There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country; The Walled city of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower as well as the Rock Art Cultural Landscape of Gokustan.
  • Neft Daşları—City above the sea, the first operating offshore oil platform in the world, located 55 km from the nearest shore in the Caspian Sea.
  • Mud volcanoes which spout up in over 300 locations nationwide, constitute more than half the total throughout the world, each site with its own character
  • Caspian Hyrcanian forests found near the Iranian border
  • Tears of Kyapaz a string of seven idyllic mountain lakes near Mount Kyapaz and Nagorno-Karabakh

Things to do

  • Visit Maiden Tower for wonderful views of the city
  • Try to attend an Azerbaijani Wedding
  • Take in the breathtaking views of Flag Square, Baku Crystal Hall and the Caspian Sea from Martyr's Alley
  • Wander around the Old Town aimlessly - really try to get lost and soak up the atmosphere in this wonderful old town
  • Visit the beautiful Palace of the Shirvanshahs (entry free 2 manat, extra for camera)
  • Walk along the promenade, just as the locals do
  • Contrary to reports, Azeri wine is more than drinkable, and whilst not as tasty as their Georgian or Armenian counterparts, is still a pleasant treat! Find a local drinking-hole and while away the hours!
  • Buy local souvenirs and carpets. Don't be put off by the pestering stall-keepers. Persevere, be prepared to haggle, and you can get some really wonderful bargains!


  • Baku and Absheron
  • Southern Route
  • Nakhchivan Route
  • Western Route
  • Qarabah Route
  • Northern Route
  • North-Western Route

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Azerbaijan - Travel guide