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Things to do in Baku

Dance the night away in beautiful Baku

Baku is on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, which juts out into the Caspian Sea. Here, you can go see the worlds tallest flagpole, take part in a nice selection of cultural events and museums and dance till dawn.

 

Things to do in Baku

 

Nightlife

If you are more of an night owl, you can easily dance the night away. Baku’s nightlife offers clubs that are open until dawn, as well as either eastern or western style clubs and bars, restaurants featuring foods from all over the world, so it’s safe to say that you won’t run out of things to do in Baku when it comes to nightlife. Baku has actually been ranked as one of the top 10 cities to party in by the Lonely Planet.

 

Baku museums

Art lovers should visit the Baku Museum of Modern Art, with more than 800 works from the 20th century Azerbaijani painters and sculptors, as well as exhibits by local photographers and a children’s fine arts department and a café if you get hungry.

You can view beautiful Azerbaijan carpets from centuries past at the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, which houses the most carpets and carpet related items in the world from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

 

 

 

Baku Expo Centre

Baku Expo Centre is another venue you need to see with its industry exhibitions, various conferences and product demonstrations, as well as corporate events geared towards business and entertainment industries.

 

Beaches

Baku is not an average beach holiday destination, but if you feel like a dip in the ocean, you’ll find the closest beaches in Shikhov in the Southwest of the country. Also, the beach resort of Nabran is about two hours’ drive up the coast and it is beautiful.

 

When to go to Baku

Baku features a subtropical semi-arid climate, which means it has dry and warm summers and winters that are cool and wet. Summer temperatures average 26.4 °C (79.5 °F) in July and August, and winter temperatures average 4.3 °C (39.7 °F) in January and February.

 

Festivals and holidays

Come in March to celebrate International Women’s Day, a day to give thanks for women and honor their spirit. Or, come in May for either Victory’s Day, which honors veterans of WWII and Republic Day, to commemorate when the country was formed in 1918.

 

Things to do in Baku

Baku Facts

Population2 122 300
CountryAzerbaijan
LanguageAzerbaijani
CurrencyManat
Longitude49.882222
Latitude40.395278
AirportHeydar Aliyev, Azerbaijan (GYD)

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OPERA

Baku Opera House

Akhundov Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

Formerly known as the Mailov Theatre, the Akhundov Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater was built in 1911 and is still the principal place for opera in Baku. An interesting fact about the building is that it is one of the speediest constructions of an opera house in history. Built during the span of 10 months in a 24/7 cycle, involving over 200 workers, it is as much a constructional feat as it is an organizational one. The reason behind all of this? A bet between the two construction magnates Zeynalabdin Taghiyev and Daniel Mailov, where the former expressed his doubts about the latter's ability to construct it in time. Mailov won the bet and Taghiyev honored the bet, paying all of the building expenses.

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Baku- Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower

Walking inside the Walled City of Baku will probably make you feel as if you had travelled back to the 12th century. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2000, this city with narrow labyrinthine streets is one of Azerbaijan’s few surviving medieval towns. Situated in the Walled City you will find the Shirvanshah’s Palace. Although unfortunately the inside is no longer decorated, a guided tour is highly recommended and interesting. There is an entry price, but keep in mind that the entry to the Walled City is free!

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