Azerbaijan overview

Azerbaijan is situated on the western coast of the Caspian Sea in southwestern Asia. A small part of Azerbaijan, just north of the Caucasus Mountains, is part of Europe. The country is bordered by Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Russia and Iran. Baku is the capital city.

Azerbaijan has many interesting tourist attractions for the visitor. Explore Baku, the nation’s bustling capital. Visit Sheki, a historic mountain capital with a beautiful 18th-century khan’s palace, Khansarai. You should also go and see the strange mud volcanoes in Oobustan and spend some time in the quaint mountain villages of Lahic and Laza.

Marxal, Shaki, Azerbaijan

Marxal, Shaki, Azerbaijan

April to June is the best time to visit lowland Azerbaijan. This is when the skies are blue, the countryside green and flowers are in bloom. October is also a good time to visit Baku when the days are warm and the nights cool. The summer months can be extremely humid, but a great time to go trekking in the higher mountains. Winters are pleasantly mild around the Caspian Sea but can get incredibly cold inland with temperatures dropping to below -20°C in Laza or Lahic.

Accommodation in Azerbaijan

Accommodation is available to suit all budgets from international hotel chains to simple guesthouses. Budget options are very cheap but you get what you pay for. The main cities have well-facilitated Western-style hotels at European rates.

Airport in Azerbaijan

Most people coming to Azerbaijan fly into Baku and there are direct flights to Baku from most major cities in Europe. Visas are available on arrival at the airport. It is also possible to arrive by land; however, visas must then be arranged in advance.