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A city is more than a sum of its monuments and museums. Much of what you’ll remember are the intangible experiences that come from idle wanderings and personal interactions. Fresh, friendly and ever-fascinating, Baku offers countless opportunities for such human-scale discoveries.
Azerbaijan’s main travel gateway is Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport, 25km from the city centre. There are direct flights to Istanbul, London, New York, Frankfurt, Paris, Budapest, Vienna, Doha, Dubai, Tehran, Beijing, Riga, Kiev, Tashkent and Moscow plus as several more cities in Russia and Central Asia. The flag carrier is Azerbaijan Airlines, but other […]
Visiting Yanar Dagh, some 25 km northeast of Baku, it’s not hard to see how Azerbaijan became known as the ‘Land of Fire’. Here, near the top of a gentle hill on the edge of a suburban village, the earth is so steeped in methane gas that it appears to burn constantly – as […]
Azerbaijan often calls itself the ‘Land of Fire’, and nowhere is the name more appropriate than at Ateshgah, a real life fire temple with ever-burning central hearth and stone flues which also burn flaming gas on special occasions. Now a fascinating museum, the site was possibly once a Zoroastrian holy site but the current […]
Gobustan is famous for its rock drawings dating back to 40,000 years. This site is considered as the one of earliest inhabited settlement of people in Azerbaijan and reflects the activities of ancient people such as dance rituals, hunting scenes, carpentry and the images of animals. It is located a bit further from Baku […]
One of the world’s most audacious architectural statements, the sight of this extraordinary building is likely to be something you’ll remember for many years to come. Described by one journalist as like “whirls of whipped cream, buffeted into a mountain range of peaks”, it was the career-crowning triumph for architect Zaha Hadid, winning the […]
Yes, you heard it right. Mud volcanoes. Rather than mountains that spew lava, these are often quaintly loveable little pools and nozzles barely 2m high, which bubble and burp gasses and send forth gobs of cold mud. Around a third of all the world’s mud volcanoes are in Azerbaijan, and while, they aren’t especially […]
Baku has a remarkably rich selection of modern art galleries, befitting a nation which has produced some truly superb artists, especially in the latter 20th-century. MIM is the ideal place to peruse a representative selection of works by the great modern and contemporary stars, displayed in a specially designed gallery which is a work […]
In the early 20th century, Baku briefly became the world’s biggest petroleum producing area creating a string of local millionaires remembered by historians as ‘oil barons’. These folks built grand mansions including this one. Today it displays a very rich collection that offers fascinating insights into Azerbaijani history, but even for those with little […]
One of Baku’s great glories is its setting, gently curled round a brilliant blue bay of the Caspian. Paralleling the sweep of seaside for several kilometres, Baku Boulevard is a tree-shaded promenade park that’s ideal for sea views at any point but also has boat rides, tea houses, restaurants, a carpet museum, fountains, rare […]