Length of stay: 4 days
Baku nicknamed the City of Winds is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan and as well as of the Caucasus region. Baku is the lowest lying national capital in the world – it’s located 28 m below the sea level.
To start off, here are some DO’s and DON’Ts:
- don’t offend a president
- don’t talk about Armenia
- women and elderly are respected and should accept offered help
- don’t blow your nose or use toothpick during dining
We arrived at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport and were shocked how spectacular the building was. To the city centre, it was around 30 minutes with the bus (0.30 AZN per pers).
We stayed in a four-star hotel but it was horrible and dirty. I would rate it two-European stars. So, read reviews before booking! 😀
Tops of Baku
I don’t want to bore you with loads of information so here are few places I liked the most:
1. HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER
The Heydar Aliyev Center is a building complex with a conference hall, a gallery hall and a museum designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
2. MAIDEN TOWER
The Maiden Tower was built in the 12th century. With the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Noone knows the purpose of this tower. Some believe that it was used for astronomy or as a defensive building.
3. MINI VENICE
Haven’t been to Venice? Never mind, you can visit mini Venice here in Baku. For 5 AZN, you can have a gondola ride! 🙂
Here’s the map with points of interest. I do recommend bringing long trousers for men, scarf and long skirt for women if you want to enter a mosque!