You’d NEVER Guess – A Windy City Where East Meets West
Baku Boulevard… embrace the seafront breeze
Built in the early 20th century, Baku Boulevard is one of the city’s trendiest western features. This wide stretch of side road is packed with people from all over the world. Visitors frequent the kiosks and small waterfront cafes along the city’s Sunset Boulevard. This sidewalk is so windy that the wind swirls through the hail locks even while jogging and biking. It is popular with couples who visit here to celebrate their anniversary on the cable cars along the boulevard. Playground and other entertainment is also available here, should you have a kid or two in tow!
Old City Baku…the center of culture, history and tradition
This place ranks first in the world heritage sites under UNESCO. Explore the cinematic streets of Baku’s Old City, which is packed with ancient architectural buildings that are being redesigned. The old city is essentially home to palaces like the Shrivanshahs and Maiden Tower. You can hire a guide to trace your ancient trail deep into the city.
YAnar Dag… the land of fire
Legend has it that this gas vent was mistakenly ignited by a shepherd who had been smoking. The beginning of the 20th century has witnessed the deep drilling of natural gas reserves that led to the extinction of most of them. However, in the midst of all the dormant gas flame reserves, Yanar Dag is the only one still awake. Its rarity makes tourists flock to this place. It is also famous as the Mountain of Fire.
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum – Store of the best carpets
This museum site is situated in the very center of Azerbaijan and should be on your list of top things to do in Baku if you plan to visit. The display of the world’s finest collection of rugs and rugs is sure to have a magnetic effect on you. Visitors walk through polished halls that are filled with vibrantly colored rugs depicting the evolution of the city’s history. And the museum building itself is a site: it’s in the shape of a rolled gold and white carpet, absolutely impossible to miss!
Bibi-Heybat Mosque… the favorite of Alexandre Dumas
Built by the famous Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, the Bibi-Heybat Mosque is truly a jaw-dropping wonder. This beautiful mosque had attracted Alexandre Dumas to the point that he nicknamed it the Mosque of Fatima. Resurrected from destruction, the newly built mosque is today’s spiritual epicenter for all of the country’s native Muslims. Can you imagine that it was reconstructed based on the descriptions of the testimonials of the travelers and the available images?
Flame Towers… the iconic skyscrapers
These towers are the most important symbols and landmarks of Baku. This modern feature sits on top of a hill overlooking both Baku Bay and the Old City of Baku. The new flame-shaped structures were completed only in 2012. It is greatly influenced by the practice of fire worship that has been famous in Azerbaijan since ancient times. The sight of the towers is absolutely stunning with its transparent bluish tint that complements the sky itself. If you are planning a king-size vacation, you can also arrange to stay at the Fairmont Baku Hotel inside the Flame Towers.
Fountain Square… the beating heart of downtown Baku
Fountain Square is extremely popular with visitors from around the world for its lively entertainment culture. This place is sure to give you a fun-filled experience with all the delicious food from the local cafes and gourmet restaurants. You can also take souvenirs for your loved ones back home. This plaza is lined with lush green trees and beautiful fountains that line the Plaza de la Fuente. Finding the pulse of the city is a piece of cake for any traveler as it is centrally located. Do not miss it at night, when the fountains light up giving a surreal touch and effect to this place.
Maiden Tower… the iconic building
Similar to the Old City of Baku, the Maiden’s Tower has also been listed by UNESCO as one of the world heritage sites. Giz Galasi, the local famous walled city of Baku, is home to this iconic architectural structure. Posing as the most differentiating feature that stands out against the clear horizon, Maiden Tower is packed with frequent travelers. The top of the tower offers an exquisite view of the sea and a glimpse of Baku’s ancient times.
Martyr’s Lane… a monument to the heroes of Azerbaijan
It has been built as a mark of respect for the civilians who died for their country during the Azerbaijani independence movement. It was built on the cemetery that houses around 15,000 heroes. The sides of the street are adorned with marble walls that bear the name of the martyr engraved in gold. An ever-burning flame rises from the center of the monument signifying the memory of the missing Heroes. Many citizens and visitors come to pay homage to him.
Shrivanshahs Palace… the nostalgic trail
The Shivanshahs Palace breathes from the ancient times of the 15th century. This palace gives its visitors a wide scope to get a deep idea about the cultural and architectural roots. It is segregated into 5 sections. The colossal net of white is an impressive site and a splendid part of Azerbaijani history.
This was the tour of Baku and we were quite surprised that the city itself had so much to offer: architectural splendors and a wonderful city atmosphere. This time of the year is probably the best time to get to Baku, as the summers are leaving and the cold winters are still far away.
how to reach
by air: Baku is well connected and has the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, which is 16 miles (25 km) from the city center. Almost all major airlines serve this airport.
by rail: Russia and Ukraine have rail connections with Baku. The trip lasts about three nights and is recommended if you have time!
By highway: Baku is connected by road to many international destinations such as Turkey and Iran.
Where to stay
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