With Spring Break just around the corner, everyone is on the hunt for the perfect family getaway that involves activities for the whole family to enjoy. So why not Azerbaijan? Azerbaijan is closer than you think, with 2 flights per day thanks to Qatar Airways, you’ll be in Baku in under 3 hours ready for a relaxing yet action-filled holiday.
With plenty of time before Spring Break rolls in, here are some of the highlights to add to you list of ‘to-do’s’. Charge your phone batteries and get ready to take more snaps than you can handle!
The fire-worshipping Zoroastrians left their mark at Ateshgah, where the Fire Temple continues to amaze visitors with its spouts of flame. The sights are sure to leave you speechless.
A natural fire that is burning for centuries because of the natural gas rich mountain in Baku. A must visit if you are in Baku (and truly an Instragammable moment!)
Azerbaijan has about half of the world’s known mud volcanoes - 400 of them! The Dashgil region is secluded and atmospheric, unsigned and unfenced. There’s a spectacular variety of regularly active mud nozzles and a bubbling mud pool.
Beyond the Inner City, there is no better way to get a feel for Baku’s relaxed, Mediterranean atmosphere than by strolling along the Boulevard, a sweep of Caspian waterfront promenade that forms a gentle arc past the whole length of the central city area. The whole sweep offers hours of pleasant strolling with ever-changing views around the bay and back towards different sections of the city.
The classy resort at Shahdag has magnificent amenities, 14 well-prepared slopes and friendly and accommodating teachers and staff. For more challenging pistes, try the black runs at Tufandag. Nestled amongst snowy hills, you’re bound to feel time pause and nature conjure magical tricks for an unforgettable treat.
Located in the western part of Azerbaijan, Goygol is one of the most picturesque regions of the country. Celebrated in Azerbaijani poetry, paintings and songs, Goygol is the country’s best loved mountain lake, set beneath the dramatic rocky beak of Mt Kyapaz and ringed by thick green forests that turn golden in autumn.
Surrounded by the silence and tranquillity of the magical pine woods, and overlooking the peaceful Nohur lake, the new Chenot Palace Hotel in Gabala represents a new class of health and wellness retreats in the heart of a breath-taking forest. The Chenot Palace Gabala is a perfect getaway retreat, far from the hustle and bustle of congested cities, where you can recharge your batteries.
Azerbaijan is rich in culture, attractions, delicious food and music. One can easily spend three days walking around Baku, which feels like an open-air museum with medieval landmarks and a combination of the Old City and Modern Azerbaijan in one place.