Baku City, Azerbaijan
Baku is one of the most beautiful cities in the Caucasus, located at the joint of Europe and Asia Baku city is famous for its beautiful views, mix of traditional and modern, architecture, friendly people, Gastronomy and of course oil, Baku is the capital city of Petroleum industry in Azerbaijan. Name “Baku” itself means a “wind blow”, “city of winds” or “hill”, “city on the hill”.
The port city of Baku is located on the western Caspian seaside, actually, that’s why it’s so windy, but don’t be afraid of the wind during your trip, Azerbaijan is not a cold climate country, there are two types of the wind: the cool Northern winds, or the khazri, and the warm southern wind, just choose your favorite time to travel. Baku is the largest city on the Caspian Sea and in the whole Caucasus and also the largest city in the world located below sea level.
Nowadays Baku is one of the most progressive and quickly developing cities in the world. Baku city has perfect infrastructure for all kinds of activities, it hosts lots of sporting events, for example European Games in 2015. Also Baku city is one of the world's leading chess centers and hosts international tournaments every year such as the Baku Chess Grand Prix and Baku Open. Don’t forget about music, The Baku International Jazz Festival occurs annually and features some of the world's most popular jazz names.
Being the largest cultural and scientific center of Azerbaijan, Baku has 30 museums, 7 theatres, 11 institutions of higher education, philharmonic, opera theatre, film studio, cinema theatres, libraries, scientific and training centers. And what about buildings where all these institutions are located? In Baku city you can see traditional old buildings and modern flame towers, you can explore some soviet visuals alongside with European and Asian ones. Just wander in Baku streets and admire this magic contrast, among traditional and modern Baku, this city is really amazing.
Baku is developing as a city of tourism, there are all conditions for your comfort: Hotels, Restaurants, Clubs, and Shopping Malls, in summer you can enjoy amazing Baku beach and night life. Already in 2009, Lonely Planet ranked the city at number eight for one of the top 10 cities for nightlife partying, so you can have a great time here.
Baku sights will blow your mind both at night and during the day time. At night you can see Dancing fountains and amazing lights in Baku streets, visit clubs and restaurants. At the day time you can wander in beautiful Baku streets, bazaars- taste traditional sweets, tea, meet local people and try delicious dishes. If you are interested in history, religion, art and architecture you must visit Baku for sure, explore a whole new world in the Caucasus!