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Maria Asaad
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Azerbaijan is a uniquely fascinating country located between the borders of Asia and Europe. It has a particular mix of Western and Eastern influences. The country has a strong Turkish and Iranian cultural vibe while maintaining its Caucasian side. If you’re a curious traveller who loves learning new things abroad, this is the place for you. Fly now with regular flights from London Heathrow.  

Explore Sheki’s Old Town

Located in the Northwest part of Azerbaijan, Sheki is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a must-visit. It is surrounded by beautiful Caucasian countryside, making it a gorgeous image of nature. There is so much to discover and explore in the area, you can start by wandering around the gorgeous Silk Road-inspired streets and admiring the distinct gabled-roof architecture and detailed brickwork bespoke to Sheki. The area is dotted with museums and mosques on every corner, as well as grand palaces that are all well worth a visit. You can end your day by sampling some of the best-tasting baklava unique to this part of Azerbaijan. 

Old town

Visit some ancient churches

Dating back to the 7th century, Christianity was very widespread, and the main religion in Azerbaijan before the Arab conquest brought Islam to the country. Some areas in the country are still densely populated with Christians, such as the village of Nij, home to an ancient Christian group of people called the Udis. Every Sunday, they gather together in a restored 17th-century church to keep their community thriving. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Azerbaijan’s heritage is by visiting the several ancient churches located all over the countryside. 


Enjoy the outdoors wandering between mountain villages

If you’re an explorer and love discovering the great outdoors, then visiting Azerbaijan and exploring the spectacular Caucasus Mountains is an absolute must. The entire north of the country is covered with magnificent mountainous areas, filled with fascinating mountain villages populated by many multicultural peoples. The mountain villages are linked by a network of hiking trails that are simple to follow and allow you to explore the area with ease. 


Admire Baku’s cosmopolitan sights

Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital, is home to some incredible modern architectural masterpieces that create the legendary Baku skyline. The distinctive skyline has transformed over the past few years and is a breathtaking scene when approaching the capital city. The main buildings to keep an eye out for are the famous Flame Towers, Heydar Aliyev Centre and the Carpet Museum. 


Take it easy and unwind by the Caspian Sea

The gorgeous Caspian Sea coastline stretches over 500km of Azerbaijan and provides wonderfully scenic views from the north all the way down to the south. You’ll find several sun-soaked beaches just a short 30-minute drive from Baku. It is a real treat in the summer, with the golden sands of the Absheron Peninsula having a real buzz with luxury resorts and local seafood restaurants coming to life for the season.