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The Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport was named after the third President of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, in 2014. It is one of the six international gateways into the country. Formerly known as Bina International Airport, the airport is located 25km east from Baku downtown and has two operating runways. A base hub for Azerbaijan Airlines and Buta Airways, the airport is considered the largest and busiest of the Caucasian region. Transport to and from the airport into the city is by bus, taxi or car hire. 

 

Quick facts about Baku

Car rent

from $ 32
per day

Hotel booking

from $ 27
per night

Currency

AZN
Azerbaijan Manat
Reference average prices in Baku

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

3.52 $

🍕Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

16.08 $

🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

1.76 $

🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

0.12 $

🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)

323 $

Best time to visit Baku

The best time to explore the city
Summertime from June to September.
Prices
Hotels from $ 27
Temperature
Baku is coldest in February with an average temperature of 4°C and hottest in July when temperatures average 26°C and the most daily sunshine is at 13 hours. The average temperature for the city is 15.1 °C.
Precipitation
Average annual rainfall in Baku is 258 mm. November is the wettest month with an average rainfall of 32mm.

The weather

Baku, a generally dry city, is best to visit in the summertime from June to September.

Baku cityscape Baku cityscape
Baku interprets as “city of winds”, “city on the hill” or “wind blow”
The largest city on the Caspian Sea and Caucasus region and the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku is a most beautiful place

The largest city on the Caspian Sea and Caucasus region and the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku is a most beautiful place located on the western Caspian seaside, at the intersection of Asia and Europe. Its name interprets as “city of winds”, “city on the hill” or “wind blow”. The city consists of five townships and eleven administrative districts and is famous for its walled old city, and landmarks like the Flame Towers, Heydar Aliyev Centre, and the iconic stone Maiden Tower.

Panoramic view of Baku Old Town Panoramic view of Baku Old Town
Panoramic view of Baku Old Town (Icheri Sheher), Azerbaijan, with modern glass Flame Tower skyscraper in background
Things to do in Baku

The city is home to numerous tourist attractions, and one place that could take hours to explore is the Old City. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that blends the old and the new within and outside its medieval walls. Here you will also find the Palace of the Shirvanshahs; described as "one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture", it is a magnificent structure built by the Shirvanshahs in the 15th-century. There is much to keep one entertained in this continuously expanding city. 

Baku Flame Towers Baku Flame Towers

Baku Flame Towers is the tallest skyscraper in Baku, Azerbaijan with a height of 190 m. 

The Flame Towers

Take a ride up Baku funicular to see the Flame Towers. Three imposing modern buildings, which are a sight to behold. One is the Fairmont Hotel Baku, while the other two contain offices and residencies. The buildings have no observation deck and yet, the trip to see them is well worth it and makes for great selfies. 

 

The funicular stops at Dağüstü Park, which has one of the best views of the city, and overlooks Baku bay. The towers are even lovelier to behold at night when they feature light decorations of faux flames. 

Dənizkənarı Bulvar  Dənizkənarı Bulvar 
Dənizkənarı Bulvar 

Stroll the seafront across this 3.5 km promenade from the Milli Park all the way to the National Flag Square. Along the way you will find bars, cafes, Park Bulvar mall and the “Baku Eye” ferris wheel. The National Flag Square, also known as Dövlət Bayrağı Meydanı, holds a flag and flagpole that have been ranked among the world’s largest.

 

In addition to the sea breeze and great view of the Flame Towers, a relaxing stroll along this coast is an opportunity to explore and experience the life and people of Baku. 

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Fountain Square

A must see attraction in the city is the Fountain Square that features dozens of fountains from the stretch between Nizami Street to the walls of Icheri Scherer. There are also lots of bars, cafes and al fresco type restaurants for relaxation to enjoy the great weather in summer and lovely view.

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Mini Venice

Baku’s mini-Venice consists of a group of islands, two large ones and other smaller ones, all interconnected with bridges. And for a small fee, tourists can ride Azerbaijani type gondolas across this network of canals. First opened in the 1960s, a ride along the artificial canal system provides a most romantic way to enjoy the city. 

Baku Cuisine

The dishes in Baku are mostly meat based, and influenced by other regions like the Mediterranean, Turkey and Iran, which produced a range of dishes with very distinct and tasty flavours.

 

A few you could try include Dolma, which is rice mixed with cinnamon, fennel, mint and minced lamb, all wrapped in cabbage leaves. There is also an Azerbaijan favourite of saffron flavoured rice cooked with prunes, meat, onions, dried fruis, eggs and herbs, called Plov. There are however a multitude of recipes for this popular dish. 

 

There is also Baliq, which is great for seafood lovers. Made usually out of sturgeon fish, grilled and served with a sour plum sauce. Not forgetting to pair your food with a healthy dose of Azerbaijan black tea. 

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