A trip to Azerbaijan might not be on your typical travel bucket list, but it certainly should be. Nestled between Armenia and the Caspian Sea, this former Soviet Republic offers more than just a colorful and intense past. While holidaying in Azerbaijan, you will see the medieval walled cities, century old architecture, and an incredible cultural heritage. Between mud volcanoes, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the largest salty lake on the planet, a Silk Road, and the Land of Fire, there’s no way you could possibly get bored in this medieval wonderland.
- Visit the Icheri Sheher (Old City), also known as a “fortress”, located in Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku.
- Check out the Caspian Sea before you leave, and get a chance to bathe in the world’s largest salty lake.
- The Great Silk Road passed through Sheki City, in Azerbaijan. For centuries, merchants marched through here to trade and sell their products. Studies show that Sheki might have been one of the first settlement sites of the Caucasus.
- Walk through the capital city of Baku, and get an insight look into the culture and heritage of Azerbaijan.
- Azerbaijan is known for having 9 ecological climates. So, whatever you’re in the mood for, you can bet that Azerbaijan will have it.
- Getting around by car could be difficult, as many of Azerbaijan’s roads are unpaved and unregulated. However, buses, minibuses, and taxis connect most cities in Azerbaijan.
- English is spoken in most touristy places in Azerbaijan. Their official language is Azeri, a close relative to Turkish.
- Azerbaijan’s currency is the New Azerbaijani Manat, or Yeni Manat. You can exchange manat while in Azerbaijan; however, keep in mind that import and export of their currency is strictly forbidden.
Azerbaijan has seasonal weather so please do check up on best time to visit Azerbaijan before planning your tour.