Baku, the capital and commercial hub of Azerbaijan, is a low-lying city with coastline along the Caspian Sea. It’s famed for its medieval walled old city, which contains the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a vast royal complex, and the iconic stone Maiden Tower. Contemporary landmarks include the Zaha Hadid, designed Heydar Aliyev Center, and the Flame Towers, 3 pointed skyscrapers covered with LED screens.
WHERE TO STAY
Four Seasons Hotel Baku
Overlooking the Caspian Sea, this elegant luxury hotel in a beaux arts building is an 8-minute walk from the Old City and a metro stop.
Holiday Inn Baku
Set in a sleek building, this polished hotel is a kilometer from the nearest subway station, 4 km from the Old City, and 5 km from the 15th-century Palace of the Shirvanshahs.
Fairmont Baku Flame Towers
Located in the Flame Towers Complex, just a 3-minute walk from the famous Martyrs’ Alley, 5-star Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers features picturesque views of Baku City or Caspian Sea.
Located in the heart of Baku’s business district just 25 minutes from Heydar Aliyev International Airport. The 12th century walled Old Town ‘Icheri Sheher’ is just a short walk away. Shop and dine at The Park Bulvar Shopping Mall which is across the street from our hotel.
THINGS TO DO
Heydar Aliyev Center
The Heydar Aliyev Center is a 57,500 m² building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles.
Palace of the Shirvanshahs
The Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a 15th-century palace built by the Shirvanshahs and described by UNESCO as “one of the pearls of Azerbaijan’s architecture”.
The Maiden Tower (Azerbaijani: Qız Qalası) is a 12th-century monument in the Old City, Baku, Azerbaijan. Along with the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, dated to the 15th century, it forms a group of historic monuments listed in 2001 under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments as cultural property, Category III.
Yanar Dag is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Flames jet into the air 3 metres from a thin, porous sandstone layer.
WHERE TO DINE
Derya Fish House
Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant