Why You Should Add this Eurasian Gem to Your List
Photo Credit: Photo credit: Lloyd Alozie

Photo Credit: Photo credit: Lloyd Alozie

Why You Should Add this Eurasian Gem to Your List

Hidden Gems , baku , azerbaijan
Ayah A.
Ayah A. Aug 23, 2023

When it comes to off-the-beaten-path destinations, Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, stands out as a true Eurasian gem. Situated on the shores of the Caspian Sea and surrounded by the Caucasus Mountains, Baku offers a unique blend of ancient history, stunning architecture and vibrant culture. Travelers seeking a seldom highlighted destination should consider adding this captivating city to their list.

From the charming streets of the old town to the modern marvels of contemporary design, there is something for every traveler. Whether you’re exploring the ancient walled city or immersing yourself in the vibrant arts scene, Baku offers an unforgettable experience. 

Where is Baku?

Baku’s strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia has shaped its rich history and cultural heritage. The city proudly showcases its fusion of Eastern and Western influences, creating a captivating blend of old and new. From the ancient walled city of Icherisheher to the modern skyline dotted with futuristic skyscrapers, Baku is a testament to its multicultural past.

Stunning Architecture and Landmarks

One of the most alluring aspects of Baku is its stunning architecture and iconic landmarks. The city boasts an impressive array of architectural styles, ranging from medieval to contemporary masterpieces. Any Baku trip should include a visit to the iconic Flame Towers, a trio of skyscrapers that illuminate the city’s skyline with mesmerizing light shows at night. The Heydar Aliyev Center is another architectural marvel that showcases the city’s commitment to modern design.

For history enthusiasts, Icherisheher is a must-visit. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to centuries-old mosques, caravanserais and palaces, offering a glimpse into Baku’s ancient past. Be sure to visit the Maiden Tower, an iconic symbol of the city that has stood for over 800 years, as well as the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a large royal complex that has been dubbed by UNESCO as “one of the pearls of Azerbaijan’s architecture.”

Cultural Delights and Festivals

Baku is a city that knows how to celebrate its culture and traditions. Throughout the year, there are a plethora of festivals and events that take place, showcasing Azerbaijan’s rich heritage. The Novruz Festival, a celebration of the Lunar New Year, is a highlight of the Baku calendar. During this time, the city comes alive with vibrant street parades, lively music, traditional dance performances and an abundance of delicious food. Festivals that occur in the city throughout the year include Baku International Jazz Festival, the Pomegranate Festival, Gara Garayev International Music Festival and Maiden Tower Internatinal Art Festival.

The Arts

For art enthusiasts, Baku is a treasure trove of galleries and museums. The Azerbaijan National Art Museum houses an extensive collection of both local and international artworks, while the Museum of Modern Art showcases contemporary works by Azerbaijani artists. The Carpet Museum is another must-see attraction where visitors can marvel at the intricate beauty of Azerbaijani carpets. The art of skillfully crafted rugs are recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Tourists can also take part in a variety of immersive experiences, such as coffee and tea tours, pottery classes and beer tastings.


No visit to Baku is complete without indulging in its tantalizing cuisine. Azerbaijani cuisine embraces a unique blend of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Central Asian flavors. From savory kebabs and aromatic pilaf to the famous Azerbaijani pomegranate sauce called narsharab, the city offers many culinary delights.

For a truly immersive dining experience, make sure to visit the capital’s vibrant food markets. The Taza Bazaar is a bustling market where you can savor the freshest fruits, vegetables and spices. The Nizami Street Market showcases a variety of local delicacies, pastries and traditional sweets.

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