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8 reasons to visit Baku and Azerbaijan

April 21, 2015
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 Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, has been dubbed as the second Dubai for quite some time now. It is no wonder, as the city goes through a rapid growth. While being the largest city of the Caucasian region, Baku is a place, where European modernity and Asian hospitality and traditions blend seamlessly together. Formerly less recognised and discovered, now, the city increasingly attracts the tourists from all parts of the world. In this article, we examine the reasons why people come to Azerbaijan and Baku in particular.

1. Azerbaijani cuisine
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Examples of Azerbaijani Cuisine

For some travellers cuisine is the prime reason of visit to certain destinations. Foodies will not be disappointed when they come to Azerbaijan. The cuisine of this country has long been recognised and appreciated in the East and West. Mainly combining various kinds of meat and vegetables, Azerbaijani cuisine is amongst the most diversified, healthy and delicious.

2. Impressive architecture
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1. Shirvanshah’s Palace 2. Inner City Town 3. Maiden’s Tower

Even though the capital Baku is increasingly transforming into a futuristic city with all these luxuriously glorious skyscrapers and other pieces of modern architecture, it still has plenty to offer tourists interested in ancient structures and buildings. Baku’s Walled City, Inner City Town, dating back to 12th century Maiden’s Tower and royal Shirvanshah’s Palace are all included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, and indeed are excellent examples of this.

3. Explore ancient sites
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Qobustan – early human settlement

Situated about 60 km to the south of Baku, Qobustan is an early human settlement and one of the first human civilisation centres. There you may witness thousands of mysterious rock paintings portraying the prehistoric life of humans and animals. Also, the Inner City Town (Icheri Sheher) certainly is one place to visit while in Baku. Stroll through the narrow streets of this ancient town in Baku to see the life of local people living there.

4. Visit unique Naftalan oil resort
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Oil pumping unit

The oil extracted from Naftalan is unique in its nature, for it has miraculous therapeutic qualities that cure different bone, joint and skin diseases. Naftalan Oil resort is situated not far off the city Ganja, which is about 5 hours drive from Baku.

5. Baku Boulevard
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Baku Boulevard

Founded in 1909, Baku Boulevard is a promenade that stretches along the seafront of the capital. Boulevard is a favourite leisure time place of Baku citizens. Take a walk on this promenade to see the city from a different perspective.

6. Baku at night
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Baku at night, Azerbaijan

A walk through the city at night will reveal the contrast between vastly illuminated modern part and less lively and vibrant ancient area of this bustling city. Baku at night is an entirely different spectacle that is an unconditional must-do.

7. See contemporary architecture
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Contrast of old and modern Baku

Recently completed and established Flame Towers, which pay tribute to the country’s historical portrayal as a land of fire; Heydar Aliyev Centre,  which includes conference, gallery and museum halls and Museum of Modern Art exhibiting about 1,000 avant-garde works, are just some examples of outstanding contemporary architecture of Baku.

8. Hospitable people

Hospitality and warm greeting have been deeply ingrained in all Azeri people and are part of their customs and traditions. This will surely sweeten your trip, will make you feel very welcome and at home.

We trust that this article have given you enough reasons to book your flight to Azerbaijan and explore this amazing country!

Nijad Nazarli

Country Manager for Russia at PaperFlies. Studying Tourism Management in Amsterdam. Loves football.

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