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Sightseeing in Baku - what to see. Complete travel guide

The name of the capital of Azerbaijan can be translated as “the city of winds”. This is a wonderful resort located on the border of Europe and Asia.

Primorsky Boulevard is known as the favorite place of rest among locals and tourists. It stretches just along the coastal line and is known as a perfect place for unhurried romantic walks. The boulevard is decorated with old chestnut trees, bright flowered beds, picturesque fountains and palms. Here you can also visit multiple shops, souvenir outlets, restaurants, cafes, and movie theaters.
A choice of luxurious hotels in Baku is just fine. Kempinski Hotel Badamdar is synonymous with prestige and contemporary style. Besides elegant rooms with rich decoration, the hotel offers a … Open
Just several minutes of ride on a cable railway and you will leave the boulevard and reach spacious area of Nagorny Park. Here you can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the city and then take a ride on a cutter that will take you to a marine row along the Baku Bay. During the ride you will hear many interesting stories and facts connected with the history of Caspian Sea.
The historical center of the city is often called “Baku Acropolis” as it is rich in priceless architectural monuments and sights. Such sights as ancient fortress Icheri Sheher, Maiden Tower, Synyk-Kala minaret, Bailov Stones, the house of Baku khans, numerous old mosques and trading complexes – these are just a small part of unique buildings that are worth visiting. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Baku hotels that keep the atmosphere of bygone centuries enjoy special popularity. One of the finest places in this category is Shah Palace Hotel. A historic building, which it occupies, is … Open
Once you finish with your excursions, you can have some rest in local cafes and drink a cup of aromatic coffee. You may also like local souvenirs with hand-made carpets to be the most popular of them. When you finish with sightseeing in the city, you can attend excursions to surrounding areas. For example, Gobusan town is the largest gathering of rock paintings and Surahany village is the place of location of an ancient complex of temples.
Baku One of the most unusual historical sights of Baku is the Maiden Tower Giz Galasi. The exact date of its construction is unknown, the first mention of this tower relates to 12th century. The main secret associated with the tower, is its purpose, which researchers have not succeeded to discover. According to some assumptions, the tower could be part of a complex of fortifications, but it is quite far from the city walls and the old city gates. 
You can choose a hotel for romantic vacations in Baku for every taste and budget. Ramada Baku Hotel is deservedly popular among wealthy tourists. This luxurious resort has a private beach. … Open
There are incredibly beautiful modern architectural structures in Baku, including complex of skyscrapers, "Flame Towers". These huge skyscrapers, the facade of which is lined with mirror tiles, resemble flames reaching for the sky. Especially beautifully these modern buildings appear in the rays of the setting sun. Many tourists come to admire the buildings in the evening; incredibly spectacular illuminations decorate them after dark. 
Baku Those fond of walks around the historical places should definitely join the excursion visiting the Palace of the Shirvanshahs. It is a large architectural complex in the territory of which there is a mausoleum, an old mosque and a number of other interesting buildings. The main feature of the palace is the Archaeological Museum, which contains an extensive collection of artefacts. 
Colourful markets of Baku are a real sight. Green Market is the most famous and popular one. This is where you should go in search of the best fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products … Open
One of the favourite places for walks among guests of Baku is the historical street Kichik Gala. During the Soviet era "The Diamond Arm", was shot here, the scene of the fall of Yuri Nikulin was filmed near the house 8/1. The search of the house, as well as a commemorative photo shoot on the background is one of the favourite activities of many tourists. 
In the vicinity of Baku is a well-known historical and ethnographic museum Gala, which is visited by thousands of tourists every year. On the territory of the museum under the open sky is an interesting collection of artefacts, dating back to the Middle Ages. Here visitors can see how the local houses looked like more than 500 years ago, and to explore the collection of ancient weapons, furniture and household items. On the territory of the museum often interesting thematic events dedicated to the culture and traditions of Azerbaijan are hosted, it is most interesting to visit the museum during the warmer months.
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Map of all parks
National and city parks around Baku
♥   National Park 'Absheron National Park' , 40.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Shirvan National Park' , 112.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Baku and around
♥   Art museum 'Baku Museum of Modern Art' Baku, 2.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Art Museum of Azerbaijan' Baku, 5.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Baku from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Bull Island Balls

From the series “Most Curious Artifacts of Extraterrestrial Origin”
The base of the spheres was aluminum and less than 20% of the structure was the uniform alloy of the magnetite particles. The complex kimposition of the balls completely excluded the possibility of their natural origin. 21 balls of the same diameter and the identical structure, the regular shape and the symmetrical division with the fugue - these arguments testify that the mysterious bullets from Bulla Island could not form in the natural way and were most probably not created by humans . … Read further

Sumgait

From the series “Top 14 Most Polluted Cities of the Planet”
The toxins, which cause the irreparable harm to the environment and the health of the city dwellers, are emitted daily by the companies. With a view to the fact that many industrial centers were built up in the forties of the last century, one can not guarantee their safety for the environment. AG 'Khimprom' is one of the oldest companies in the city. The pollutant emission from this farm is so strong that one can smell the foreign smells many kilometers from the city. … Read further

Sightseeing in Azerbaijan: things to see

The town of Semaha is an interesting tourist destination because of its numerous ancient castles and mosques. The most famous museum in the town was named after famous poet Mirza Sabir. Do not forget to visit Qiz Qalasi Fortress, Juma Mosque and the mausoleum of Addy-Gyumbez. … Open
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Turkey Reveals New PCR and Quarantine Requirements

Tourists arriving from certain countries (South Africa, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) are obliged to have a negative PCR test made no longer than 72 hours before the arrival in Turkey. Additionally, these passengers are due to be quarantined for 14 days in specially designated places. One more PCR test will be performed on the last day of the quarantine. If the result is negative, the passenger can terminate it. Note that not only citizens of the countries mentioned above but also people who visited these countries during the last 14 days must be quarantined. With the new regulations coming into force, Turkey lifted flight bans to South Africa and Brazil. Read this

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