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Azerbaijan’s unique location provides many things to do, whether it be in the city or the impressive wilderness. The capital, Baku, exposes you to various cultural and historical attractions that tell the story of the Azerbaijanis, plus shopping, relaxation, leisure, and fine dining opportunities. For those who have more time on their hands, a trip to the lovely mountain city of Sheki, the spa town of Naftalan, the historical city of Ganja, and the naturally beautiful Khachmaz are must-sees.

It is safe to visit various cities and regions in Azerbaijan because people are generally friendly and well mannered. You will feel right at home while exploring Sumqayit and Nakhichevan. To truly experience the culture, attend an Azerbaijani Wedding and enjoy a leisurely promenade walk with the locals. You can shop for carpets and handicrafts, try Azeri wine in a pub, and indulge in regional delicacies.

Most adventure tour agencies like Azerbaijan 24 suggest hiking because the terrain is so breathtaking. Thick forests, scenic mountains and awe-inspiring coastlines do not disappoint. Climb the Five Finger Mountain (Beshbarmaq Dag) with the Azeris to experience one of the country’s animist destinations and see the dramatic shoreline from a 520-meter high point. Alternatively, there is the mountain city of Sheki, which boasts several trails. Active travelers will also appreciate Lahic, a Persian mountain town where long treks from Xinaliq to Laza can be arranged that typically last for 10 to 12 hours. For a vacation centered solely around the outdoors, experienced mountaineers can climb the beautiful Shahdag Mountain which takes five to six days.

Backpacking to the Sulphureous Springs is another favorite excursion. The six-day journey starts in Baku where you will set off for Guba to reach the Velvelichay River’s gorge. You will sleep in tents for the duration of the trip, swim in the springs, visit Dakhna Village and explore the ancient fortress of Chirag-Gala.

Public transportation and driving are some of the usual ways to get around Azerbaijan, but cycling is the more scenic way to see the area. Discover both old and new roads between Saki and Zaqatala to see breathtaking fast flowing rivers and vast mountain ranges. Riding a bike is also a good way to follow parts of the Saki’s old Silk Road.

Those staying in the capital will enjoy the gorgeous beaches where a range of water sports are available. The AF Beach Club is a large complex with dedicated spots for beach football and beach volley ball. Alternatively, there is the Amburan Beach Club with many of the same activities. Drive a bit further outside of Baku to access the Caspian Sea’s beaches, particularly the ones in Amburan and Bilgah.

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