Baku - attractions and sights you cannot miss
Looking for a less known holiday destination? City of Wind, Little Dubai, Land of Fire... the metropolis has many names, but the impression remains one - it's worth spending your vacation here! Learn about the top attractions of Baku, the lowest capital city in the world.
The biggest attractions of Azerbaijan's capital city
Attractions of Baku - Fire Towers
The three flame-shaped skyscrapers are the undisputed symbol of Baku. The wave-shaped buildings are impressive both during the day and at night, so get your camera ready - you'll get a fantastic photo from many parts of the city. In addition, every evening there is a show of colorful illuminations on the glass surfaces. The skyscrapers hold offices, stores and a 5-star hotel. If you would like to treat yourself to a little luxury, book a night at this unique place. This is also the only opportunity to see the city's skyline from here, as only guests of the facility can climb to the top.
Attractions of Baku - Old City
Azerbaijan's capital is a real treasure house - you'll find many UNESCO World Heritage sites here. You'll discover architectural gems in İçəri Şəhər, or the charming Old City, which you simply must see! The biggest attraction in Baku is definitely the stone Virgin Tower, which looks like a carpet. Be sure to climb to the top, because from here you will notice even more the contrast of old buildings mixed with modern ones. The Old City also hides a pearl of Azerbaijani architecture. The palace complex of the Shah of Shirvan, as it is referred to, is an impressive monument of Islamic art. You are sure to feel the magical atmosphere of bygone times as you stroll through the area.
Attractions of Baku - Highland Park
Fans of panoramas and cityscapes will appreciate the view from Highland Park. Here you'll see Baku in all its beauty, with a forest of various buildings along with the symbol of Azerbaijan's capital on one side, and the surface of the Caspian Sea water on the other. This is the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries before sightseeing. In the park their free time is spent by locals who are famous for their openness and friendliness. And if you need help, they will surely advise you which other Baku attractions are worth seeing!
Attractions of Baku - Promenade and Carpet Museum
The several-kilometer-long seaside promenade is a real treat for city walkers and a unique landmark of Baku. After a busy city tour, take a break from the hustle and bustle by strolling along the shoreline of the Caspian Sea. Along the way, enjoy the pleasant breeze, take advantage of the numerous restaurants and cafes on offer, observe the lush vegetation of the nearby park and simply delight in the Azerbaijani climate. Be sure to return here after dusk - the illuminated Fire Towers from here look phenomenal.
Did you know that Azerbaijan is famous for making carpets? Not surprisingly, the most impressive museum edifice is the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum located along the boardwalk, right on the seashore. It was built quite recently - the decision to build it was made in 2010, when Azerbaijani carpets were included in UNESCO's list of intangible heritage. The building took the shape of a rolled-up carpet, which corresponds to the collections here - the world's largest collection of Azerbaijani carpets from different regions of the country.
Attractions of Baku - Heydar Aliyev Centre
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is not only fascinating history and magnificent monuments. You'll discover many futuristic buildings here, and one of the most popular and (reportedly!) most photographed is the Heydar Aliyev Center. The wavy, rounded shape is breathtaking and an example of the city's modern architecture. So you can't forget about this attraction when planning a trip to Baku! Take enough time to walk around the entire building. The unusual building houses a concert hall and a fascinating museum of the country's history.
Attractions of Baku - local cuisine
To fully fell the atmosphere of an exotic metropolis like the capital of Azerbaijan, take a look at the best examples of local cuisine. Start with kutabi - which is pancakes stuffed with meat and vegetables. It's a simple dish - just bake them on the griddle to enjoy the extraordinary flavor and equally delicious aroma! Also enjoy kebabs with your choice of stuffing (meat or vegetarian), dolma stuffed cabbage rolls and thick piti soup with mutton. Locals also love and recommend caviar, pomegranate fruit, saffron and pilaf. And after a satiating lunch - strong Azeri tea with .... jam. In Azerbaijan you will not be in danger of hunger!
Looking for an original idea for a vacation? Discover flights to Baku and let yourself be surprised by the orient of the pearl of the Caucasus! We guarantee that a vacation spent in Azerbaijan will be one of the successful ones. Baku is also a great base for trips to other parts of the country, such as the towns of Sheki or Xinaliq.