The reason of emerging tourism of Azerbaijan is that in 2016, the culture and tourism department of Azerbaijan introduces e-visa for tourists. The country got famous among tourists around the world soon after the decision. It was not easy to visit the country before the new visa policy. The writer himself twice visited the country.
Azerbaijan lies between Asia and Europe hence it is enriched with both the cultures. The country has a strong history, archaeologists has found some signs and sights which take backs it’s history to human inception. The country’s capital and largest city Baku is on the Caspian Sea. The northern area of the country lies in Caucasus mountain region. The country is super clean, developed and resides a warm welcoming nation.
Baku capital city of Azerbaijan
Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan and the most visited city by tourists. It is situated on the Caspian Sea and has some good beaches. The city is famous for its building and architecture. Azerbaijani food is delicious and has no comparison with any other country in the region. Baku has all the vibes of Paris, the architecture of its buildings, style of roads and streets all are similar to Paris.
Emerging tourism in Baku (Azerbaijan)
Things to do
There are numerous places and activities to do in Baku. However, 5 to 6 nights are more than enough to explore the whole city.
However, the area is referred to as the street, but it is a huge commercial and residential area. Most tourists stay at Nizami Street, as it’s the most happening area of the city. There are several hotels from 1 star to 5 star, numerous restaurants, and entertainment. Restaurants include international fast-food chains and traditional food outlets. One should not miss Taksim Kebab when visiting Baku’s Nizami Street. The fountain square is famous at Nizami Street and most of the tourist attractions are nearby. There are nigh clubs, hookah bars, a variety of shops, restaurants, and malls. The area closes at 3.00 am and hustle-bustle starts in the morning. This area has everything to offer that a tourist wants.
Old City Baku (İçərişəhər)
It is recognized as the world’s heritage site by UNESCO; the area is walled and excellently preserved. There are hotels, shops, and restaurants. There are some cultures and traditional Azerbaijani clothing, jewelry, lamps, and carpet shops in the old city that should not be missed by any tourists. Souvenirs are also for sale in the old city area. The old city area can be accessible by a walk through Nizami Street. There are traditional honey shops that are registered and recognized. The area looks like old towns in Europe.
Baku Boulevard is a Cornish area at the Caspian Sea. There is a lush green garden having small cafes where one can sit and relax the seashore. Baku Boulevard has Baku eye, the Ferris wheel from which you can enjoy whole scenery. The area also has a mini Venice where you can enjoy a gondola ride. Baku boulevard mall is also at some distance. There are several rides for children. It is a must-visit area in Baku. 3 million tourists visit Azerbaijan in 2019.
This park has lots of stairs; it is difficult for elderly people to reach. However, once you reach you will find a beautiful aerial view of the city Baku.
Malls in Baku
There are some malls in Baku, the most famous ones visited by tourists are Ganjlik Mall and Metro Park Mall both have local brands, food court, and play area for children.
Ateshgah (temple of fire)
A short distance from Baku has a mysterious place Ateshgah burning temple which was a religious place for Zoroaster. There are burning mountains that keep on burning. It’s now a tourist spot.
Heydar Aliyev Center
The beautiful piece of architectural building Heydar Aliyev Center was designed by famous architect Zaha Hadid. It’s a museum and historical center on Azerbaijan. The area also consists of I Love Baku sign which is also famous among tourists.
Emerging tourism Shahdag (Azerbaijan)
Shahdag is 183 km (114 mi) from Baku. It is a beautiful hill station and has a winter wonderland ski resort. Mostly visited in winters for ski, tourists can also experience snowfall. There are two five star hotels which welcome their guest. Hotels are economical as compare to Europe. The hill station has all the facilities and could accommodate luxury and leisure travelers. On the way to Shahdag there is a city of Quba which is also beautiful. Tourists can take a small tour while passing by because the city is from the 11th century and the name was also given by European geographers. The city has five-star hotel named Quba Palace Hotel.
Emerging Tourism Gabala (Qabala)
Another hill station in Azerbaijan mostly visited after Baku. It is 216km (134mi) from Baku. It has the most beautiful lake Nohur. Tourist also visits seven beauty waterfall which is near Nohur Lake. Gabala has Tufandag ski resort and chair lift. The city also experiences snowfall in winter and turns into a winter wonderland. There is a small city of Shamakhi on the way to Gabala. It is rich in culture and history and also has a beautiful resort Shamakhi palace shardil.
Emerging tourism Sheki
Sheki is not a much-visited city by tourists however it has a beautiful old palace with indigenous glass art, it was a route between Asia and Europe. UNESCO has recognized it as a world heritage site. It is an exceptional place for a peaceful evening with locally made backlawa. It is the most picturesque towns in the country.