Must Dos in Baku

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1. Visit Maiden Tower: Because of its unique shape and design, Maiden Tower has become the unofficial symbol of Baku. Since the Caspian Sea is 28m below sea level, and the bottom of Maiden Tower is at the water level, when you are standing at the top of the tower, you are actually at sea level.

2. Dive in to Azerbaijani history: The Palace of Shirvanshahs is a 15th century palace built by the Shirvanshahs and described by UNESCO as “one of the pearls of Azerbaijan’s architecture”.

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3. Hop on a gondola in Little Venice: This small “town” of artificial canals and islands is a lovely place to unwind and enjoy a bit of tranquillity amidst the city jungle.

4. Take a bite out of Azerbaijani cuisine: Plov is one of the most iconic dishes of the country – saffron and cinnamon spiced rice with fried meat and vegetables, topped with dried fruit or nuts. Or how about a Qutab, a buttery, utterly delicious pancake filled with meat or veggies served with fennel infused yogurt?

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5. See the flames in the desert: Is this burning an eternal flame, you ask? It sure is. Yanar Dag is a natural gas fire that’s been blazing for thousands of years. Wander along the flames and learn about the mystical tales of travellers from thousands of years ago.

6. Hunt for the perfect Pakhlava: Similar to the Turkish baklava, this tasty treat is made of eight to ten layers of ground nuts with honey, cardamom and a syrupy, saffron-infused topping.

7. Explore Taza Bazaar: Get a taste of local life at Baku’s biggest daily market. Vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and veggies to nuts, spices, meat and fish.

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8. Most #Instagrammable place: Show your affection for the city by snapping a selfie at the “I Love Baku” sign in front of Heydar Aliyev Center.

9. Best place for scenic views: Take the Funicular train up to Dagustu Park (Highland Park) for breath-taking panoramic views of the Baku waterfront.

Off the beaten path

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🍃 Day trip

An absolute must do on your Azerbaijan itinerary: a trip to Gobustan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site! This is where you’ll find the famous mud volcanoes, nestled in a landscape that makes you feel like you’ve signed up for a trip to the moon. The park is also home to Petroglyphs, a collection of more than 6,000 rock drawings that date back 5,000 to 40,000 years. It’s best to join an organised tour from Baku. A fun fact to impress your fellow travellers: nearly half of the world’s mud volcanoes are located in Azerbaijan.

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ENGLISH - AZERBAIJANI

Hello.
Salam.

How are you?
Necəsən?

Please.
Zəhmət olmasa.

Thank you.
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I can’t speak Azerbaijani.
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I love Baku!
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