Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, widely known as the “land of fire”. It’s a cosmopolitan city which combines a rich historical and cultural background with some pretty amazing modern architecture and contemporary facilities. Baku is a strange and fascinating meeting point of the Eastern and the Western lifestyle; the Slavic, Turkic and European culture and cuisine; the ancient past and the ever-changing world we live in today.
No matter how many times you’ve visited Baku, you will always find something more, something new and something different to experience. From the traditional restaurants with authentic interior to the numerous interesting museums with constantly changing exhibitions; from the annual music festivals to the night city tours; from the boutique night clubs to the huge green markets. All you need to do is take the time to explore further.
Baku has many things to offer for every kind of visitor. The Old historical “city within the city” is part of the UNESCO World heritage and is full of interesting and valuable old buildings for the lovers of cultural tourism. On the other hand, Baku has numerous luxurious business and spa hotels which are perfectly suitable for business meetings, romantic experiences and family holidays. The natural phenomena around Baku are also very diverse and they attract the attention of the nature lovers - the coastline, the mud volcanoes and the Caucasian mountains are popular destinations, full of spirit, history and beauty.
Azerbaijani cuisine is an essential and inseparable part of the country's culture and lifestyle, and that's why some variations of the traditional local dishes are offered in almost every restaurant in Baku. The character of the authentic national cuisine is mostly Eastern. The food is prepared with a lot of dark spices, green herbs, and flavor additives. Azerbaijan's fertile land grows an impressive number of greens, vegetables, crops, and fruits, all of which are being successfully incorporated in the local dishes. Different meats, seafood, river and sea fish are also popular ingredients since Azerbaijan has both a coastline and some strong traditions in farming.