Discover the land of fires and the pearl of the Caucasus, in a land where oriental flavor is an amazing symbiosis with western progress. Visiting Azerbaijan, you will discover the wonderful fusion of the West and the East, where the past and the future are perfectly combined. Azerbaijan possesses unique natural resources: 9 out of 11 types of climatic zones of the world are represented here – from subtropics to alpine meadows. Azerbaijan is unique nature, unique culture, centuries-old history with its own customary and traditions, exquisite cuisine that will satisfy the expectations of the most demanding gourmet, and, finally, this is Caucasian friendliness and hospitality.
Azerbaijan is located in the eastern part of the South Caucasus on the coast of the Caspian Sea. The population of the country is more than 9.8 million people, the territory is 86 600 km². Baku is the capital and the largest city in the country. The national language is Azerbaijani. In everyday life, Russian is also often used, the younger generation, for the most part, speaks English. Azerbaijan borders on Iran (765 km), Russia (390 km), Turkey (15 km), Georgia (480 km). The eastern borders of Azerbaijan are washed by the Caspian Sea.
What to do in Azerbaijan ?
Except basic city tourism, we can propose you some extraordinary time spendings:
- Rapid mountain rivers with steep rapids are a great venue for rafting and kayaking competitions. The features of the relief are the best suited for those who are not averse to trying to conquer mountain roads in jeeps or all-terrain vehicles. Off-roading – or otherwise off-road driving – is a very popular sport in Azerbaijan. The same can be said about mountaineering and hang gliding – special routes for extreme sports have been developed in the federations of the respective sports. And recently, Azerbaijani diving has been developing rapidly, and diving takes place both on the sea shelf in search of sunken ships and in hunting for fish, and in the highlands – in beautiful transparent lakes.
- The world famous resort Naftalan is known for its healing oil, which has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and vasodilating effects. The amazing properties of this oil, containing sulfur-nitrogen compounds, aromatic hydrocarbons and naphthenic acids, have been known since antiquity. In medicine, baths and application of naftalan to sore spots have been practiced since 1896 for the treatment of skin and urological diseases, post-traumatic complications and other pathologies of the musculoskeletal system.
- The new ski resort is located on the territory of the Shahdag National Park, famous for its healing air, diverse vegetation, rich fauna and amazingly beautiful landscapes. The main part of the tourist complex, which, after the completion of all work, will be able to receive up to 10 thousand people daily, was built at an altitude of 1640 meters above sea level. But you can climb even higher by cable car – to the mark of 2300 meters, where the beginning of the ski slope is located. The total area of the complex is over 2 thousand hectares.
Discover Azerbaijan and you will fall in love with this country of Fire.