Nestled right in the middle of Turkey, Russia, and Iran, Azerbaijan is a cultural blend of both East and West. Known as the land of fire, the country gives you a flavor of both modernism and traditional at the same time. Azerbaijan is not exactly known for tourism and it is not the first destination on the majority of people’s wishlist. However, from dazzling 21st architecture to beautiful terrains, this country has a lot more to offer than most people know.
Located at the joint of Europe and Asia, the capital city of Azerbaijan can be considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Baku, or the ‘city of winds’, is the cultural hub of Azerbaijan. It is the city where Muslim east first theatre and opera were performed. True to its title ‘Paris of the Caucasus’, Baku offers Beaux-Arts building and a breathtaking walkway along the Caspian Sea.
Apart from the man-made architecture, the land of Azerbaijan also gives you the opportunity to get lost in the serenity of the snowcapped mountains on the northern side. The Quba region has some great opportunities for hiking. You can also take multi-day excursions to the various villages in this region. These villages are mostly cut off from the mainland and therefore have their own unique culture and language.
You will find intriguing architecture throughout the country. Some of the famous attractions include the Khansarai Palace in the picturesque town of Sheki. This beautiful palace’s walls have been crafted by fittings in colorful glass in the handmade wooden structures in such a way that it makes beautiful geometric patterns.
No journey is complete without tasting the local cuisine. Since the country sits in the middle of three other countries, its cuisine is a mixture of Turkish, Persian and Russian flavors. One of its unique dishes is freshly-baked bread that is served with honey, cheese and a special type of cream. The three condiments are mixed together to form a special dipping.
IT IS AFFORDABLE
Unlike other travel destinations, Azerbaijan is pretty affordable. You can easily spend under $100 a day including food, accommodation, and entertainment. You can opt for a variety of accommodation options; from luxurious hotels to affordable guesthouses- the country offers it all. Transport cost is also quite low because the country is rich in oil and gas reserves.