Travel to Baku, the architectural diamond of the Caspian Sea
On the shores of the Caspian Sea, in the southern part of the Absheron Peninsula, surrounded by a landscape of great natural beauty, lies Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, a city with a long history and an important economic and cultural center of the country. The easternmost capital of the European continent is a city full of dynamism and liveliness, with the air of cosmopolitanism pervading every corner of the city, which is undoubtedly transformed into a rapidly evolving tourist destination of top impressions and experiences. The journey of acquaintance with the so-called "city of the winds" in the language of the locals, has as its starting point the atmospheric historical center of the old city. Surrounded by imposing medieval walls, the ancient core of Baku, Icheri Sheher encloses the impressive Maiden stone tower, which becomes a landmark of the city, while offering an enjoyable panorama of the city.
The palace complex Shirvan Shahs with its stunningly beautiful palace, its mosque, Lezgi Mescidi, the baths and the emblematic mausoleum, capture the eye of every visitor with their architectural perfection, while the Zoroastrian temple Atashgah Fire impresses everyone with its architectural appearance. The dynamic and modern character of Baku is manifested in the modern side of the city, with the Flame Towers skyscrapers defining the urban landscape, ideally coexisting with the TV Tower, the futuristic aesthetic cultural center Heydar Aliyef and the large Fountain, Meydani, around which the modern palm of the city beats. A beautiful route along the seaside boulevard, Baku seaside Boulevard, will lead to the Government House and Baku Crystal Hall, overlooking the Caspian Sea, as the flames, rising from the Yanar Dag fire mountain, will excite all the senses.
Food and local cuisine
Azeri cuisine presents a variety of dishes and flavors that satisfy even the most demanding gastronomic desires. With obvious influences from Turkish and Russian cuisine, try dishes such as Plov, (basmati pilaf, with saffron), Dolma, (dolmades with minced lamb and some rice), Piti, (meat with cooked legumes, chestnuts and plums in a clay pot), as well as soups with vegetables, legumes and meat). Azeri halva and the wide variety of teas are exceptional in its taste.
Best time to visit Baku
The ideal period for a trip to Baku is considered to be the end of spring (May), the beginning of June, as well as September at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Keep in mind that during the summer July-August, the temperatures are high and the climate warm and humid.
How to use transportation in Baku
Transfer from/to Baku
Baku International Airport, Heydar Aliyef, is approximately 25 km away from the city center. Transportation to the center of Baku is served by bus, Airport Express bus, BakuBus H1, (20 '), or by taxi.
Transportation in the city is achieved through an organized network of public transport. Buses, taxis and metro (2 lines) connect the center and the outskirts of the city. Baku offers nice walking routes, as well as extensive cycling, which gives you freedom of movement.