Things to do in Azerbaijanby Pancho Barranco | July 22, 2019
Give yourself a medicinal mud bath in the Gobustan National Park
In the Azeri desert, you can admire more than 6000 cave paintings of enormous artistic value. In addition, the 300 medicinal mud volcanoes will help you to care for your body.
Admire the Bibi-Heybat mosque
Although it was built at the end of the 20th century, it belongs to the architectural school of Shirvan and stands out for its colour. You will also find it in the Gobustan area and it may be the best way to end your visit to this part of the country.
Go back in time on the Absheron Peninsula
A visit to the fire temple of Ateshgah will help you discover the religious architecture of past centuries. In addition, you can learn why Zoroastrians, Sikhs and Hindus have made this World Heritage monument one of the cornerstones of their religions.
In the same area you can visit the mountain of fire, a magical place whose hillsides are always burning.
Explore the green meadows of Guba
At 600 meters above sea level, you will find a city specialised in making carpets and planting apple trees. This town was founded in the fifteenth century. There you can visit the Djuma mosque, one of the most important mosques in Islam.
Do not miss the Genocide Memorial Complex, which remembers the unfortunate events which took place on March 31, 1918.
Speak the language of the inhabitants of Khinalig
This village is 65 kilometres from Ghuba and stands out for being 2300 meters above sea level. In addition to its labyrinthine town planning, the use of its own language is added. Do you dare to learn some words to talk to locals?
Review the history of Baku
It is a very impressive city and well worth visiting.
- The old city. In 2000, it was declared a World Heritage Site. It contains key points such as the Maiden's Tower of Persian origin. Its streets and buildings will leave you breathless.
- The Palace of the Shirvanshahs. This is the most important monument of the capital. It was built at the beginning of the 15th century. It consists of the main building, which features a dome and a second floor, from which the side buildings are accessed. Divankhana (a stone pavilion) and the family mausoleum complete your visit.
- The modern area. The shopping centres or the fountain square will help you to appreciate the city’s most modern buildings.
- The alley of martyrs. This is the cemetery where those who died during the Russian Civil War in 1918 are honoured. Its sepulchral silence and beauty create an indivisible whole which is worth visiting.