Welcome to Azerbaijan

Welcome to Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is a country in the Caucasus that is known for its beautiful capital, Baku, beautiful Caspian Sea coast, and modern economy and architecture.

The former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan is one of the top tourist destinations in the Caucasus. With this travel guide, we hope you will learn more information about this fascinating country.

Map of Azerbaijan

This map is currently unavailable as a result of Armenia-Azerbaijan border disputes.

Basic Stats

Travel safety rating: 10/10

Targeted groups: Nationals of Armenia

General Sanitation Rating: 8/10

Food Safety Rating for Foreigners: 9/10

Tourism Infrastructure Rating: 4/10

Fluency in English Rating: 1/10

Languages spoken: Azerbaijani + Russian

These stats were collected through general studies by prominent institutions that analyzed Azerbaijan's tourism sector. They represent Azerbaijan as a whole, not certain parts of the country that are either better or worse-off. These studies were then summarized into a given rating.

Top attractions

Baku

Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan. It is known for its modern architecture and historic sites.

Baku

Ganja

Ganja is the second-largest city in Azerbaijan and is known for its history, specifically when it comes to literature.

Ganja - Azerbaijan

Sumqayit

Sumqayit is a city in Western Azerbaijan that is known for its Caspian Sea coast.

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Yanar Dag

Yanar Duz is a famous forever-blazing natural fire in Azerbaijan.

Yanar Dağ

Weather and Climate

Azerbaijan has a slightly continental climate with cold winters and hot summers, and quite dry mountain regions.

Question: What is the ideal time to visit Azerbaijan?

Answer: The best time to visit Azerbaijan is between April and June.

BAKU WEATHER

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History

After the collapse of the Median Empire, all of present-day Azerbaijan was invaded by Persia. After the Persian Empire was conquered by the Greeks, Azerbaijan became a part of Ancient Greece. In the 2nd century BCE, Azerbaijan was conquered by Albania who was in turn, invaded by Iran. During the Middle Ages, Azerbaijanis adopted Islam and the country was conquered by Turkey before brief Mongolian rule. After the collapse of the Mongolian Empire, Azerbaijan gained independence and was ruled by a series of Shahs, of Arabic origin. In the 18th and 19th century, control of Azerbaijan once again passed between Turkey and Iran before the country was invaded by the Russian Empire. Azerbaijan regained independence after the First World War but found itself in a major conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh. The country was forced to join the Soviet Union in the early 1920s and regained independence in the 1990s. Today, Azerbaijan is the wealthiest country in the Caucasus and a major ally of Turkey.

Transportation

"The transport in Azerbaijan involves air traffic, waterways and railroads. All transportation services in Azerbaijan except for oil and gas pipelines are regulated by the Ministry of Transportation of Azerbaijan Republic." - The Wikimedia Foundation

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