Azerbaijan, the ‘Land of Fire’, is something of an enigma. At the crossroads of Asia and Europe, the country has a little something of both continents.
Its strategic location made it the clashing point of many empires, which have all left their influences in this country. Travel to Azerbaijan and explore an exotic and ancient land on the journey to great transformation.
The best place to start a visit to Azerbaijan is in Baku, its ancient capital, whose Old Town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sitting on the Caspian Sea, this city showcases old buildings mixed with modern office blocks.
Surrounding the capital is a vast range of deserts that provide a sharp contrast to what’s in the city, with surfaces full of wild fiery fumes and mud volcanoes.
The landscapes away from the towns and cities give a real insight into what life used to be like in this region for many thousands of years. The orchards and mud-brick villages are set against a backdrop of the soaring Taurus Mountains.
While you’re here, visit Yanardag, called the ‘Burning Mountain’ because of the fires that come out of the rocks through a slow natural gas leakage that has been going on for thousands of years.
As tourists are rare in most parts of this unique country, you will enjoy more personal space and a chance to see untouched landscapes and timeless cities in peace and comfort.
Visit the Gala Open Air Museum just outside of Baku for fascinating ethnographic displays and reproductions of ancient tents and houses, and soak up the real culture in an interactive experience like carpet weaving and bread making.
Fly to Azerbaijan with Qatar Airways and discover a newly emerging country packed with true natural beauty and with a strong developing commercial centre.