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Baku is the beautiful capital of Azerbaijan; a country known as the “Land of Fire” for its fire temples and burning hillsides. This Caucasus tourist destination offers visitors a blend of cosmopolitan and historical gradually making it a very attractive city. So, on your next business travel to Baku, be sure to have a feel of the bustling city no matter how short your stay is.
You’ll need to take a drive around the City to really appreciate the history of the Country. The Caspian Sea beach is a must!
How to Get to Baku
Azerbaijan has introduced an e-Visa system eligible to many countries, hence making it easy to visit the country. You can come in by air from the 5-star rated Heydar Aliyev International Airport which offers a shuttle service to and from the Airport and the City Centre. You can also come in by rail, bus or personal vehicle by crossing the border from neighboring countries such as Russia and Georgia. For the latter options, just make sure you hold the right documentation.
It is pretty easy getting around Baku owing to the City’s functional transportation system. If you have your own private transportation it is much easier. Uber and taxis are very popular for tourists here. You can buy the prepaid card (BakıKart) from various visible spots in the City to use at the metro stations and certain bus networks. The official currency for use is the Azerbaijani manat.
Where to Eat in Baku
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant // For Far East Cuisine in Nizami Street
Maharani Indian Restaurant // Opposite 28 Mall, this South Asian restaurant also serves Arabian food
Kolorit Restaurant // Offers Azerbaijani Cuisine in Nizami Street
Quick bites // Western styled Baku boasts of several world class restaurants located mostly in 4 to 5-star hotels and popular tourist areas such as Nizami Street and Shopping Malls. For a quick bite, there are KFC’s and McDonalds in almost all major City Centre streets and Malls.
Sky Bar Lounge or Hard Rock Cafe // To experience the lively Baku nightlife.
What to Do in Baku
Flame Towers // The Flame Towers is one of the most distinct and iconic architectures in the city. It comes to life dramatically at night and can be viewed from most of the city’s high-rise building.
Martyrs Lane // Martyrs lane is a cemetery dedicated to the victims who lost their lives in the Caucasus conflicts. It presents an opportunity to know about the history of the country. At the end of the site, there is a fire lit and is one of the best panorama locations to take the best pictures of the city especially at night.
Old City // Old City is a must visit in Baku for anyone who wants a feel of the rich history of the country. The preserved ancient site is filled with small lanes, restaurants, museums and shops.
Nizami Street // As one of the best attractions in Baku, this lively area is named after Nizami Ganjavi, a classical Azerbaijani Poet. It is usually filled with tourists and is the main shopping and dining street in Baku. Baku is a typically safe city and taking a stroll at Nizami Street is one of the most exciting things to do at night. Be sure not to miss out on the various designed fountains laced along several parts of the area.
Baku Boulevard // For those who would like to cool off and enjoy some breeze, a stroll at the seafront of the Baku Boulevard at night awaits you. The Boulevard has a park which offers views of the iconic Flame Towers, Baku Yacht Club, and National Flag Square where you cannot miss out on the towering red, blue and green flag of Azerbaijan. This location is ideal for fitness enthusiasts who would like to jog, cycle or engage in other fitness routines in the evening
Baku is a very tourist friendly City, and residents are very welcoming and helpful especially to tourists. Like every country, make sure you respect their culture and laws by reading to have an idea before you go. Be sure to try Azerbaijani cuisine and as a tip learn basic words of the language before you go. Enjoy!
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