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20 Best Things to Do in Baku Azerbaijan (and Around)

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I must say I didn’t know much about Azerbaijan before going there. I barely remembered Baku was the capital and that they had rich oil reserves… That was it.

But a trip to Baku Azerbaijan and surrounding areas opened my eyes and I discovered a multi-faceted country with rich culture and history.

I went on a trip to Azerbaijan and Georgia with JayWay Travel, an American boutique travel company, focusing on making their clients’ travels smooth and easy. I’ve cooperated with them for 2 years now.

Visiting Baku is, in my opinion, one of the best things to do in Azerbaijan. While there are a lot of other Azerbaijan tourist attractions, Baku is clearly no. 1 in Azerbaijan tourism.

Still, though, Baku tourism is nowhere near its full potential. The city remains largely undiscovered by tourists coming from the West. Are you wondering what to do in Baku? Read on.

2022 update: I went to the country again and wrote about the most beautiful places in Azerbaijan.

Where is Baku?

Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan. It is located in the very East of the country, right by the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijan’s neighboring countries include Georgia and Armenia to the West, Russia to the North, and Iran to the South.

The whole Eastern part of the country is washed by the Caspian Sea (also Baku location). Azerbaijan shares access to the Caspian Sea with Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran.

Baku is also world’s lowest lying national capital – it’s located 28m below sea level!

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Baku on a cloudy day..

Things to do in Baku Azerbaijan

Let’s see what there is to do in the Azerbaijan city and what you absolutely must do when you visit Baku.

Get lost in the streets of Old City Baku

Azerbaijani: İçərişəhər

It might not have crossed your mind, but Baku actually has an Old Town. Lined by fragments of a wall that once protected the whole city, the Old Town has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. It was the first location in Azerbaijan to appear on the List.

Right in the heart of the Old Town lies a Medieval Market Square. It’s now an open-air museum showcasing archeological findings and there are even friendly stray cats to watch it dutifully.

Icherisheher Market Square Old City Baku

Former market in the very city center (Icheri Sheher) now serving as an outdoor gallery and museum

You should dedicate at least an extra hour and lose yourself in the winding narrow streets of Baku Old Town. The charming stone-built houses open in unexpected little squares, lead you around cute shops and restaurants and uncover how locals live in the very center of the city.

Some of the buildings stand out due to their unexpected architecture such as gothic or baroque. Those were built during the Russian ruling in the 19th century.

Icheri Sheher, or Baku inner city, contains also other gems such as mosques, caravanserais and ancient fortifications.

The Kings of the Shirvan Dynasty were responsible for the first development of Icherisheher. Since their original seat was destroyed in the 12th century during an earthquake, the capital of the state was moved to Baku.

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Early morning in Baku Old Town

The inhabitants lived within the Old City walls until the 19th century, when Baku started expanding well beyond. The oil industry’s success rapidly sped up the development of Baku and more and more people began moving in. Still, though, it was considered prestigious to live within the Inner City walls.

An enthusiastic guide named Kerim showed us around Baku’s Old City. To hear him talk excitedly about Baku and Azerbaijan history in a dramatic British accent certainly made quite an impression on us. :)

The Old Town is an absolute must and one of the first things to do in Baku.

Old City Baku and Flame Towers

Old Town Baku with the view of Flame Towers

In Baku’s Old Town, you shouldn’t miss:

Maiden Tower

Azerbaijani: Qız qalası

Maiden Tower is a tower built probably in the 12th century, whose purpose has remained unknown until this day. Perhaps it was built to serve as an astronomic observatory, or a building of the Zoroastrian religion or for defense purposes.

There’s, however, a legend tied to the tower:

A king requested his daughter to marry a man of his age. She didn’t agree but made a deal with her father – if he builds a tower, she’ll honor his request and get married. But secretly she hoped he’d never finish.

But he did and she, with the prospect of a forced marriage, jumped off the top of the tower and the river carried her body to the Caspian Sea. That’s why, according to the legend, the tower is called the Maiden Tower.

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Maiden Tower – it looks relatively small but it still takes some effort to climb to the top!

As one of the oldest structures in today’s Baku, the tower now functions as a museum as well. Apart from presenting further research on the possible origins of the Maiden Tower, there are ancient artifacts to be found on display there.

On the day we climbed to the Maiden Tower the sky was grey and it rained heavily. Still it was cool to see Baku from the top of the tower, with the thick, grey, low hanging clouds above.

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View from Baku’s Maiden Tower on a rainy day

Juma Mosque

Azerbaijani: Cümə məscidi

With Azerbaijan’s 98% Muslim population there’s no shortage of mosques in Baku and Azerbaijan.

The Juma Mosque, also known as the Friday Mosque, is located in the center of the Old Town. It was built in the 12th century on the site of a former Zoroastrian temple. Its current appearance is a result of the last big reconstruction that was carried out in 1899.

You’re welcome to visit Juma Mosque if you do so respectfully. That means taking of your shoes by the entrance and covering yourself. Ladies should wear a scarf on their head.

We actually took a break in the mosque, from sightseeing in the rain, and had a great discussion on Islam and world religions.

Juma Mosque in Old City Baku

We’re entering the Juma Mosque right in the heart of Old City Baku

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Beautiful details inside Juma Mosque

Shirvanshahs’ Palace

Azerbaijani: Şirvanşahlar Sarayı

The Palace’s construction started sometime in the 12th century and was officially completed in 1441. The whole complex is closely tied to the Shirvans Dynasty. The Dynasty ruled over the feudal kingdom of Shirvan, extending to the Northeast of Azerbaijan during the Middle Ages.

Now a museum, the Palace underwent a large reconstruction in 2003. It houses many relics from Azerbaijan’s history and thus functions as a Museum of History, focusing especially on the era of the Shirvanshahs and on Azerbaijani culture as a whole.

Shirvanshahs Palace Complex Baku Azerbaijan

Entering the Shirvanshahs Palace Complex

Inside Shirvanshahs' Palace Baku Azerbaijan travel

Inside Shirvanshahs’ Palace

Pay a visit to the barefoot artist

Ali Shamsi Studio is located on the Kichik Qala Street. You can’t miss it since it’s uniquely decorated on the outside.

If the artist Ali Shamsi is not away travelling at the time of your visit, you’ll find him painting away in his little gallery.

What you will notice at first sight is his bare feet. You’ll also notice the same in all the photographs from around the world, with world leaders, which decorate one part of the wall.

The artist doesn’t mind being observed and you can just look around. If you’re in a buying mood, invest in a painting of his or a small magnet.

The exterior of Ali Shamsi Studio

The exterior of Ali Shamsi Studio

Barefoot artist Ali Shamsi Baku Azerbaijan

Barefoot artist at work: Ali Shamsi in his studio

Taste all the food you can

Unlike in other parts of Azerbaijan, in Baku you’ll find everything your taste buds might need – from traditional Azerbaijan cuisine to vegan options.

Of course, vegan options are not as plentiful, but you’ll have it a lot easier than in the countryside. Trust me – I was on the trip with several vegans.

By the end of your Azerbaijan holidays, you might even weigh a couple kilos more. :)

For our lunches and dinners, we always looked at the best restaurants in Baku. We visited these two famous ones and were extremely happy with the food and the service.

Btw. for those of you who also can’t stomach coriander (cilantro), you should know that half of Azerbaijan meals contain it. I just picked the damn herb out.

Dolma Restaurant Baku

Dolma serves traditional homemade Azerbaijan cuisine. And it’s amazing!

We tried staples such as dolma (leaves stuffed with minced meat), mushrooms grilled with cheese, pomegranate mayonnaise salad and various soups and meat dishes.

Everything was absolutely delicious. Including the pomegranate wine, yum!

Having dinner at Dolma Restaurant Baku Azerbaijan

Having dinner at Dolma: Pomegranate wine, meat and mushrooms grilled with cheese.

Dolma Restaurant Baku Azerbaijan

Dolma Restaurant is located in a former cellar and they usually have interesting things on the TV :)

Firuza Restaurant Baku

Another amazing traditional restaurant, in which you can get nearly anything your heart desires.

Similar to Dolma, Firuza too is located in a former cellar, so you’ll need to go underground. The atmosphere will easily compensate for any lack of daylight, though.

Firuza’s menu is ample and features things like traditional pancakes (we went to Firuza twice for them), eggplant and meat dishes…

Plus, you can choose easily since the menu contains photos.

Lunch at Firuza Restaurant Baku

Part of our meal at Firuza restaurant – notice especially the amazing pomegranate salad on the right.

Firuza Restaurant Baku

Firuza Restaurant inside – it looks quite charming, doesn’t it?

Qoc Et

If you have a local guide and crave a real local experience with zero tourists around you, head to Tabriz Street 10. Without a local guide/friend, you’d have difficulty communicating with the staff, though.

Qoc Et serves only purely traditional meals. You can find all kinds of meat kebabs, wonderful salads and more.

The highlight for us was their salty frothed yoghurt Ayran. If you’ve been to Turkey, you might be already familiar with the beverage.

Lunch at Qoc Et Restaurant Baku

This was our lunch at Qoc Et. Sorry for the bad photo but the most important thing – the fluffy Ayran – is there.

Mingle with locals at Fountain Square         

Azerbaijani: Fəvvarələr meydanı

The Fountain Square is the real downtown of Baku. It’s right here where you’ll find many restaurants, both traditional and modern, as well as designer shops.

Unique-looking street lamps light up the tiled Square, and a large fountain is to be found there.

Fountain Square Baku Azerbaijan

Evening Fountain Square after the rain..

Fountain on Fountain Square Baku

The Fountain that gave name to the Fountain Square

Look up to the Flame Towers

Azerbaijani: Alov qüllələri

One of the most memorable symbols of modern Baku stands on a hill overlooking the Baku Bay and the city. Made up of 3 towers resembling flames, the building houses a luxury hotel, apartments and offices.

The towers were finished in 2012 and with their height of 190m have become the tallest skyscrapers in the whole Azerbaijan.

Flame Towers can best be observed from afar. They peek at you from various angles in the Old Town or pretty much anywhere you go in Baku. Once the dark sets in, the light show may begin.

The Flame Towers are covered with 10,000 LED diodes that flicker and shine into the night. They change colors from those of the Azerbaijani national flag to the fierce shades of burning flames.

It’s a wonderful showcase and I strongly encourage you to stay close and watch until after it gets dark.

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During the day, the Flame Towers beautifully reflect the sky.

Baku Flame Towers at Night

Flame Towers running their daily light show

Take in the views… with or without the funicular

For the best views of the city, take a funicular from Neftchilar Avenue to the Martyrs’ Lane in Baku’s Upland Park. Located right by the famous Flame Towers, this is a spot to just stroll, take it easy and enjoy the peaceful environment.

The Upland Park is the highest point in Baku Azerbaijan.

Views of Baku from Upland Park

Watching Baku from the Upland Park…

Pay respect to victims of Black January at the Martyrs’ Lane

Azerbaijani: Şəhidlər Xiyabanı

This memorial is dedicated to victims of a violent crackdown on Baku inhabitants by the Soviet Army in January 1990.

It serves as a burial site too and it’s estimated that around 15,000 people are buried there.

At the end of the lane there’s a shrine (Shahidlar Monument) with an eternal flame torch.

Black January is seen as a major event contributing to Azerbaijan Republic’s regained independence.

Martyrs’ Lane Baku Azerbaijan

Martyrs’ Lane: A row of tombstones on the right, leading to a shrine with eternal fire

Eternal Fire Shrine at the end of Baku Martyrs Lane (Baku images)

Eternal Fire Shrine at the end of Baku Martyrs Lane

Relax and have a shisha

Since smoking shisha is a popular pastime activity in the region, why not try it in Baku too? Your Baku travel can be elevated into another dimension. :) We did just that at the Dağüstü Park Café located just in the Upland Park near the Flame Towers.

We had some good coffee, tea, snacks and sweets and even real shisha. The waiters were extremely helpful and kept our shisha burning properly.

Also, the whole front wall of the cafe is made of glass, so it’s highly recommended to visit late in the afternoon and observe the sunset from there.

Dağüstü Park Café Sweets Baku Azerbaijan

Little sweets and tea that we enjoyed at the café.

Shisha time in Baku Azerbaijan

Shisha time! Big thanks to Petra for being my smoking model :)

Stroll along the Baku Boulevard

Azerbaijani: Dənizkənarı Milli Park

The best way to enjoy Baku’s seafront is to take a leisurely stroll along its promenade – the Baku Boulevard.

Running from Baku’s Freedom Square to the National Flag Square, the promenade keeps being extended year after year.

As of 2018, it runs even 2km more to the East of the Freedom Square. Its current length is thus 5 km, but there are plans to extend it even further, possibly to a total length of 26 km.

Locals come to the promenade to stroll, cycle, roller blade and gather. It’s apparently a popular spot for watching the New Year’s fireworks too.

The promenade has existed for over 100 years. Along it, apart from opulent mansions, you can come across a large shopping mall Park Bulvar, Baku Crystal Hall (which hosted the Eurovision contest in 2012), and the Baku Ferris Wheel.

Baku city view

Greenery stretches along Baku Boulevard with the National Flag Square clearly indicated.

Baku Ferris Wheel on Baku Boulevard

Part of Baku Boulevard with the Ferris Wheel

Fall in love with carpets at the unique Carpet Museum

Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Xalçası Muzeyi

Have you ever seen a building shaped like a rolled carpet? I bet you haven’t! Me neither. :) So do yourself a favor and while visiting the Baku Boulevard, pay a visit to Baku’s unique Carpet Museum.

As you might expect, it’s all about Azerbaijani carpets in the museum. There are examples of carpets and rugs made with a different weaving technique, from different eras of Azerbaijan history…

Plus ceramics, handicrafts, jewelry and other small decorative items from times gone by.

Baku Carpet Museum and Crystal Hall

Part of Baku promenade with the Crystal Hall (and Carpet museum on the left)

Baku's Carpet Museum

Baku’s unique Carpet Museum

Embrace the tea culture

Typically between lunch and dinner, similarly to the British 5 o’clock, Azerbaijani sit down for tea and sweets.

Tea is served everywhere. All over Azerbaijan teahouses prevail, while cafés exist pretty much just in Baku city. Indulging in tea ceremonies thus becomes essential when you visit Azerbaijan.

The sweets eaten during teatime range from fruits to little cookies to sweet jams and condiments. One of the most interesting and unusual was a jam made of young walnuts:

Walnuts are harvested while they are the size of a cherry, and put into a compote. The result is a sweet thick sauce containing wonderfully soft walnuts. Yes, even the nutshell becomes soft and tender!

Baku Tea Culture

If Baku’s economy runs on oil, then locals run on black tea :)

Admire the architecture of Zaha Hadid at the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre

Azerbaijani: Heydər Əliyev Mərkəzi

Your eyes will instantly be drawn to this structure designed by the recently deceased world-class architect of Iraqi origin, the late Zaha Hadid. The cultural centre contains a gallery and a museum where you can find many examples of Azerbaijan architecture, crafts, traditions etc.

The Centre was named after the former president Heydar Aliyev.

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre Baku Azerbaijan

Isn’t the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre amazingly beautiful?

A few feet away in front of the building, you can also…

Take a photo with I love Baku sign

Cheesy, I know… But it should be done, especially if you’ll love Baku as much as I did.

I Love Baku Sign

I had to! I loved Baku :)

Uncover the roots of Baku’s oil industry

Azerbaijan runs on oil and it’s mainly visible in Baku, especially in the new areas. Luxury boutiques, high-end cars speeding away.. you name it.

We were not too interested in the oil industry, but still paid a quick visit to Bibiheybat Field, since we were passing by. Apparently, it’s also here that the world’s first industrially drilled oil well was dug in 1846.

I guess that fits, given the world’s first hand-dug wells were in Gorlice in Poland. Actually, it seems oil might have been discovered in Baku even earlier, as there’s evidence pointing to oil being collected from surface wells already in the 15th century.

Modern-day Baku has been founded on oil. At the beginning of the 20th century, half of the oil traded worldwide was extracted in Baku.

The boom of the oil industry contributed to Baku’s massive growth. It is said that at the onset of the 20th century Baku grew faster than Paris, London or New York.

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Bibiheybat Oil Field – this is where the industrial extraction of oil started

Bibiheybat Baku

The only oil-related monument we visited. But there’s a lot more in Baku, if you’re interested in that topic.

Click to read an example of a cultural 7-day Azerbaijan itinerary.

Things to do outside Baku Azerbaijan

These are the most noteworthy things to do around Baku, from the closest to the furthest:

Visit Bibi-Heybat Mosque

Azerbaijani: Bibiheybət məscidi

Right on the outskirts of Baku across the road from a cemetery stands the Bibi-Heybat Mosque. While the interior is a bit unusual with its rich green decoration and a series of tombs placed in the middle, this place allows history to speak.

There used to be another mosque in this location from the 13th century. However, in 1936 it was destroyed by the Soviets as a part of their anti-religious campaign. The current structure comes from the 1990s.

The site that it’s built upon houses the tomb of a daughter of Prophet Muhammad’s descendant. It is said that infertile women who’d come here and pray would conceive a child within a year.

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The Bibi Heybat Mosque – beautiful, right?

Inside Bibi Heybat Mosque on the outskirts of Baku Azerbaijan

Inside Bibi Heybat Mosque on the outskirts of Baku

At this mosque you should cover up especially well, they are strict. A friend of mine who had a dress ending below her knees had to put on a provided large robe to cover up. The local caretaker also wasn’t happy when he’d seen our hair escape from under the scarf.

Contemplate at the Zoroastrian Temple of Eternal Fire Ateshgah

Azerbaijani: Atəşgah

Ateshgah is one of a few temples in Azerbaijan believed to belong to the Zoroastrian places of fire worship.

But the Ateshgah Temple might have been a place of practicing Hindu religion, since the area had a large Indian community. With the decline in their population, the temple was abandoned in the late 19th century.

Until 1952 the Fire Temple had a constant fire burning from a natural gas deposit underneath. Since that pocket of gas emptied out, it’s been replaced a pipe transporting the gas to feed the flames.

The Ateshgah Temple is a wonderful and peaceful place to visit and to admire.

We almost missed it, since the temple closes at 6pm and we arrived just a few minutes before that. Thanks to our driver Rafael, who used all his negotiating powers, we got in and had it nearly to ourselves.

It’s a pity the temple closes so early since it looks the most impressive once it gets dark.

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Eternal Fire in the Ateshgah Temple

Zoroastrian Temple of Eternal Fire Ateshgah Azerbaijan

Inside the compounds of the Zoroastrian Temple Ateshgah

Marvel at the eternal fire at Yanar Dag

Azerbaijani: Yanardağ

A miracle. That’s what might come to your mind when you arrive at Yanar Dag. Here, flames lick a few meters of rock. They are ‘eternal’. They’ve been burning for 4,000 years! And will continue to do so for a few hundred, or perhaps a thousand, years more.

Methane gas leaks from the ground and in combination with oxygen creates ideal conditions for the continuous flame to stay lit. Even in times of heavy rains or snowfall.

The best thing to do in Yanar Dag is to simply sit down and watch the flames. Strangely enough, you won’t hear any cracking of wood, as I have come to naturally expect with a fire. It’s a beautiful marvel of nature to experience.

Just remember, it’s best to arrive after dark for optimal flame gazing!

For me, Yanar Dag was one of the highlights of our trip.

Eternal fire at Yanar Dag Azerbaijan

Eternal fire at Yanar Dag. So surreal.

Discover ancient inscriptions in Gobustan

Azerbaijani: Qobustan Milli Parkı

In the heart of Gobustan National Park (Gobustan State Reserve) located just an hour away from Baku, you will come across ancient carvings on rocks and inside caves. There’s around 6,000 of them!

Gobustan has been inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic Era (40,000 years ago). The petroglyphs found here cover all major periods of human history until about the Middle Ages.

The carvings depict the people of the time, animals, everyday objects, planets and such. There are hunters, pregnant women, boats… The petroglyphs (carvings) and pictographs (drawings) are truly fascinating to see.

Petroglyphs in Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape Azerbaijan

Can you see the bull?

Gobustan Rock Inscriptions

Above Michal’s head there’s a petroglyph of a large ship!

Gobustan was also a site of an ancient Roman settlement. The Roman Army was in the area repeatedly throughout history. The oldest Roman writing comes from about 90 AD.

Before going to check out the actual rock carvings outside, stop at the local museum, where you’ll get all the information about the settlement of the area. Also Azerbaijan’s furthest history is well depicted at the Museum.

The whole Qobustan National Park has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 under the official name Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape. See its listing here.

Also, the Gobustan National Park is very popular among tourists. It was the only place we visited in Azerbaijan where it was crowded.

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Gobustan Museum – it’s a lot more interesting on the inside!

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

Our guide showing us individual rock carvings

Have some fun at mud volcanoes in Gobustan

When you pay a visit to the mud volcanoes located near the Rock Art site, you’ll have a double dose of fun:

First, getting to the volcanoes and back:

There are exclusively old Lada cars taking curious tourists to see the mud volcanoes. The dirt road leading there is not made for fancy modern cars, that’s why.

We had a fun local grandpa giving us a lift and we really enjoyed the bumpy ride! And he did too, as his toothless grin would suggest. :)

Old Lada Car in Gobustan

The best means of transport for dirt roads in Gobustan

And then there are the volcanoes.

They are small cone pyramids and flat muddy lakes, which excrete mud. Some bubble constantly, some throw mud in the air in little eruptions.

In any case it’s entertaining to watch it all. The mud is cold here, so the only danger would be taking an involuntary mud bath. An unlucky hat, belonging to my Czech friend, did just that. :)

Azerbaijan has, in fact, more muddy volcanoes than any other country – about 400! That’s a half of all the world’s mud volcanoes.

A bubbly mud volcano

A bubbly mud volcano

Mud volcanoes in Gobustan Azerbaijan

It was windy by the mud volcanoes! :)

Most of the volcanoes we visited in Gobustan are cold. There are a few, however, which can emit flammable gas and erupt in flame explosions.

Such an explosion made headlines in 2001 when a large pocket of gas exploded into giant flames 300 meters high and lasted for several days.

It happened again in September 2018, just a month before we visited. The eruption left cracks more than 40m deep.

Climb through Diri Baba Turbesi Mausoleum

Azerbaijani: Diribaba türbəsi

About 1.5 hours away from Baku you can visit a unique mausoleum built into a rock cliff.

It was constructed in the 15th century. There are many legends connected to the place and it is believed that a Saint named Diri Baba was buried here.

You can enter the unique 2-storey building from a staircase, climb the stairs inside, seeing its hall and the main room, and come out through a small doorway just below the dome. That will lead you above the actual structure, on top of the cliffs.

From there you’ll see a nice view of the surrounding landscape, including a town and a cemetery not far away.

Diri Baba Turbesi Azerbaijan

A steep staircase leading to Diri Baba Turbesi

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Diri Baba Turbesi Mausoleum from above

Baku and its surroundings can be easily visited on a 3-day trip. I certainly hope you have longer time for the country, though! See this weeklong itinerary for Azerbaijan.

Where to Stay in Baku

I’d strongly suggest you stay in the Old Town, like we did.

One of the best Baku hotels, and one that I tried, is Two Seasons Boutique Hotel Baku.

The hotel has bright and comfortable rooms. There are just a few rooms in the building, so it feels nice and private.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’m obsessed with hotel breakfasts.

The breakfast at the Two Seasons Hotel was based on the traditional Azeri breakfast, but much more ample.

The variety was great and the many little bowls they served with all sorts of condiments made it hard to choose. I never had extra eggs, since the ‘basic’ breakfast was more than enough. :)

Two Seasons Hotel Baku

Two Seasons Hotel: Our room and our breakfast :)

Getting to Baku

Baku International Airport, officially called Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport, is a modern flight hub connecting Baku with the Caucasus region and its surroundings. The main carrier, Azerbaijan Airlines, flies to many cities in Europe and even to New York.

While I reached Baku by land using a transfer from Georgia via the Azerbaijani town of Sheki, I flew back to Prague from Baku airport with a stopover in Kiev (with Ukraine International Airlines). It was all part of my Caucasus Trip with JayWay Travel.

Baku International Airport

Baku International Airport at 3am :)

Baku is an exciting modern metropolis with a historic heart. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Baku and seeing all my Baku pictures and that you’re now enticed to visit Baku yourself.


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Disclosure: Veronika of TravelGeekery visited Baku on a sponsored trip organized by the boutique tour company JayWay Travel. The opinions presented here are, as always, her own and unbiased.


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Friday 27th of September 2019

You shared good information about Baku. I think who wants Travel this city can use this INFO.

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Thursday 14th of March 2019

Baku looks so interesting from your post. It's still on my bucket list but really hope to visit it soon :) Your photos are helping ;)


Friday 15th of March 2019

Thank you Alex! You'll be there in no time ;)

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Hello! I really enjoyed your article. Very inspiring for my future trip to Baku. I have subscribed so I can keep up with new posts. Thank you!


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Happy to hear that, thank you :)

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