Great Azerbaijan Itineraries: How many days to spend?
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The ‘land of fire’ will ignite your adventurous appetite with its traditional highland villages, the endless horizon of the Caspian Sea and the futuristic-looking capital city of Baku. Although largely unheard of, this Caucasian country is welcoming to tourists with diverse tastes. A trip to Azerbaijan has something for everybody, be it fancy nightclubs for the party goers, or the scenic coastline of the Caspian Sea. Lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy hiking in the Caucasus Mountains, while culture vultures will adore a trip to Sheki. In addition to all this, prices are cheap in Azerbaijan and its cuisine is a mouthwatering blend of east and west. If this has piqued your interest, find out how many days should you spend in Azerbaijan.
How much time should I spend in Azerbaijan?
The highlights in and around Baku can be easily covered in three days. However, Azerbaijan is more than just its capital. Absheron National Park, located not far from Baku, is a great place to spot the country’s unique wildlife. The country even has its own version of Stonehenge in the form of thousands of rock drawings in Gobustan.
Although it is possible to spend a fortnight or even more hiking through far-flung corners of Azerbaijan and retracing the footsteps of Silk Road caravans, not many will enjoy this experience. For this reason, we recommend a seven to ten-day trip in Azerbaijan. This duration is enough to soak up most of the country’s highlights but not long enough to bore you to death.
3 days or less in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan holds a lot of promise for travelers looking for a short stay. If you can only spare an extended weekend, stick to a tour of Baku and spread around. Hemmed in on the one side by the Caspian Sea, Baku is where traditions meet modernity to form an enchanting blend. Hidden amid its towering blocks of steel-and-glass edifices is Icheri Seher, Baku’s old town, a huddle of medieval buildings buzzing with shoppers on the lookout for ceramics, traditional clothes, and carpets. The centerpiece of this town is Maiden Tower, which was constructed in the 12th century. The other highlight of Icheri Seher is its 13th-century Shirvanshah Palace.
Done with the monuments, you can then hit the local bazaar and marvel at the craftsmanship of the Azerbaijanis. Baku also has streets brimming with food stalls as well as restaurants offering some of the best culinary experiences of the country. Forget what you may, you do not want to miss out on a plate of traditional Azerbaijani plov! You definitely cannot avoid the Caspian Sea when in Baku. Spend an afternoon taking beach walks or go for a boat ride instead.
Azerbaijan in 7 days
A seven-day Azerbaijan trip gives you more freedom to explore the country. Combine a sightseeing tour of Baku with Garasu Volcano, one of the many mud volcanoes that dot the country. Then head for the southern periphery of the city, where Gobustan is located. Gobustan is an archaeological reserve with 6,000 rock drawings that give visitors an insight into the world of ancient civilizations that flourished in the region.
Sheki city is another destination high on our list of recommendations. Nestled to the west of Baku, the city has been inhabited for over 2,500 years. It is dotted with castles and ancient bathhouses that will fill your day. The palace of Seki Khans is a local highlight. Imagine a construction that does not use a single nail!
Azerbaijan is a haven for nature lovers. The Caspian may be the biggest lake in the world, but when it comes to beauty, it is Goygol triumphs. Located in the lower Caucasus, in the northwestern part of the country, the 19 lakes that together form Goygol are a sight to behold.
Azerbaijan in 10 days
Discover the lesser-known gems of the country during your ten days in Azerbaijan. Nabran, located on the Caspian Sea, is a resort town unlike any other. For nature lovers, there is Shirvan National Park, spread out over 54,000 hectares to the south of Baku. This area is made up of sand dunes and is home to gazelles, turtles, and jackals.
Next, head out to the Absheron Peninsula to see the blazing Yanar Dag. Very few travelers know that the country got its nickname (‘land of fire’) from this mountain. In addition to being a natural landmark, the fires of Yanar Dag are said to have inspired fire worship in Zoroastrianism.
Call it an end to your ten-day tour in Azerbaijan after having explored the remote villages of Xinaliq, Quba, and Laza. Feel like a traveler on the Silk Road as you hike from one village to the other.
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