Whatever your interests, you can find exciting places to see and activities from history, culture, adventures, modern cities and so much more.

In this article we will explore the best things to do in Azerbaijan and important things to know before departing which will help you to plan an amazing trip.


Reasons to Visit Azerbaijan

Here is why you won't regret a trip to Azerbaijan:

  • Experience a totally different country and culture
  • Great value for money for accommodation, eating out and sightseeing
  • Friendly people
  • Tasty food
  • Lots of unique tourist attractions


Getting to Azerbaijan

The easiest way to reach Azerbaijan if by plane.

You can by direct flights to Azerbaijan with companies like Azerbaijan Airlines, Aeroflot, UTair, S7 Airlines, airBaltic, Turkish Airlines, Air Astana and Qatar Airways.

The flight from the UK to Azerbaijan is around 6 hours on average and prices are affordable especially if booked in advance. 

From Georgia (Tbilisi) and Russia you can also travel by train to Azerbaijan.


Visa & Entry Requirements

All foreigners need to apply for electronic tourist visa before arriving in Azerbaijan. Applying for an Azerbaijan e visa is easy, you can start the application online. Make sure you do so at least three working days before your planned date of arrival. The sooner you do it the better though.


Top Activities & Places to Visit in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan offers all kinds of sightseeing options and activities. 

However, even with your visa, the variety of places and activities may genuinely seem overwhelming. Which is why we will break them down into categories and approach them one by one.


1. Discover Picturesque Nature

Azerbaijan Caucasus Mountains

Multiplied greatly by the grand Caucasus Mountains, Azerbaijan’s natural beauty is something to behold.

You can embark on a journey through the forests of Azerbaijan or satisfy your passion for hiking through the trails of Javadkhan Peak or Mucuq Waterfall. The majestic beauty of the Caucasus Mountains, forests, and lake trails in Gabala is bound to quench your thirst for adventure.

You could visit the Land of Ravines in Gobustan, where the national park rests with its ancient landmarks that represent various civilizations. While you’re there, do not miss the surreal landscape of unique mud volcanoes.

Lots of local and international travel operators offer hiking and trekking tours to the mountains, national parks and remote regions of the country.


2. Urban Exploration

Haliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, the dynamic capital city of Azerbaijan demands a big portion of any traveler’s time.

There are lots of tourist attractions in Baku, for instance, you can discover historical landmarks and modern skyscrapers in harmony. Roam the city to find the Maiden Tower, a historic landmark, visit the iconic Flame Towers, or see the architectural masterpiece of the Heydar Aliyev Center.

Exploring the local bazaars and the Old City markets for fashion boutiques, traditional textiles, or hand woven carpets is also very popular with international tourists.

In summer you might like to head to the shoreline of the Caspian Sea, the largest lake in the world, and take a swim. 


3. Cultural Heritage of Azerbaijan

Baku Old City

The rich cultural heritage of Azerbaijan is reinforced by its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Walled City of Baku. It houses the iconic Shirvanshah's Palace and the Maiden Tower. Add The Palace of Sheki Khans and the Great Silk Road to the list for a memorable trip to the past.

To experience the Azerbaijani culture in full, one must indulge in its diverse and unique cuisine. One of the most popular dishes is Plov, a traditional rice cooked with saffron, onions, and various herbs.

Try Dolma alongside, a savory mixture of rice and meat, and complete the dessert with Baklava, a must-try sweet pastry with nuts and honey. Azerbaijan's tea and wine culture are also notable and worth a try.


4. Activities, Recreation & Adventure

Shahdag mountain resort group walking, Azerbaijan

Once you are done with sightseeing, take note of the exciting activities and wondrous recreations Azerbaijan offers:

  • Take a horse riding trip to explore the Ajerbaijan wilderness.
  • Explore the countryside to discover scenic beauty.
  • If hiking or cycling interests you, take a tour through the city or the Silk Road itself. 
  • Jet ski or parasail beside the Caspian Sea while passing through. 
  • In winter, head to the Shahdag mountain resort and take part in snow sports such as skiing, snowboarding, walking climbing . 

There’s everything for every season, person, and taste. For relaxation, try the refreshing spa experience of Azerbaijan to recharge yourself. The town of Naftalan is renowned for its healing oil bath, which is believed to be therapeutic to all sorts of ailments.

For a relaxing break visit the famous resort town, Quba, to enjoy spas and thermal springs and relax at the sight of strikingly beautiful mountains.


5. Festivals and Cultural Events

Jazz band

At different times of the year, many cultural events and festivals take place in Azerbaijan that tourists can participate in and enjoy.

If you are a music enthusiast, you are in for a treat. Throughout the months, a vibrant array of music festivals take place in different places in Azerbaijan, including -

  • The Baku International Jazz Festival
  • Gabala International Music Festival 
  • Mugham World Festival

Join the Novruz holiday celebrations for an enchanting experience of colorful decorations, lively performances, and more traditional activities. You can easily participate in these events from different cities or by joining local communities.


Plan a Trip to Azerbaijan

There really is something for everyone in mesmerizing Azerbaijan.

The captivating blend of ancient and modern is facsinating and the country is full of wonders. Be it the traditions, culture, history, landscapes, or cuisine, Azerbaijan is prepared to leave you in awe upon your trip.

Start planning your break to Azerbaijan to have an opportunity to experience this unique country for yourself.