Baku Layover Guide
Baku is a colorful city that charms travelers with its avenues and boulevards, beautiful neighborhood of ancient buildings, glittering skyscrapers and cozy narrow lanes. If you are on Baku layover flight and have some time to meet this wonderful city that reminds Paris, Barcelona, Dubai but at the same time has its unique style and spirit, you will remember it forever.
What to do/see in Baku:
The list of sights is long Alley of Martyrs, Flame Towers, Icheri Sheher, Palace of Shirvanshahs, Nizami street, Fountains Square and many more. Our private Baku layover tour is customizable to meet your time and interests. Check out our brief Baku layover guide to find out what to see in the capital of Land of Fires with few hours at disposal.
Start with the magnificent panoramic view of Baku at the Alley of Martyrs in the Nagorniy park. Any guide will recommend you to visit this beautiful, green place that gives an opportunity for a photo with Flame Towers on the background - the main symbol of Baku. After enjoying the panorama of Baku, begin exploring the city.
Take a walk along the gorgeous street of Nizami with numerous cafes, stalls and shops. Have a look at the Square of Fountains – the first city square of Baku. It is surrounded with architectural monuments of 19 and 20th centuries, among which there are buildings of Nizami museum (1860’s), cinema “Araz” (1870), Armenian church, the building of the former Grand-Hotel. Later take a tour to Icheri-Sheher – Old Town that is a must-visit sight for any trip around Baku.
Icheri-Sheher is a unique place. You can see the genuine oriental architecture and feel the real east. No need to even look for sights, they are all around: worldwide known Palace of Shirvanshahs, Maiden Tower and around dozens of mosques are located in Icheri-Sheher. The Maiden Tower constructed in the 12th century is surrounded by legends. One of them narrates of a girl, who didn’t wish to marry a man she didn’t love and threw herself out from the top of this construction. Baku will spread before your eyes from the top of this tower and it is amazing.
Then keep the route to the Palace of Shirvanshahs. This complex of the 15th century consists of the main building with 52 rooms as well as additional constructions such as mausoleums, mosques, “Dervish mausoleum”, baths and dam. Today Shirvanshah Palace is a museum-reserve under protection of the state. To feel the atmosphere of the oriental city, make sure you pay a visit to the bazaar, pop into the numerous craft shops, art studios and souvenir stalls.
If you have some time left, walk along the Primorsky boulevard and enjoy the evening Baku, when lights are on, and the whole city together with Flame Towers begin to flash and merge with colours, or take a walk to the Museum of Miniature Books, Museum of Carpet and Heydar Aliev Cultural Center.
Completing accord in your stopover trip should be the dinner in a local restaurant where you will taste the most delicious dishes of Azerbaijan cuisine. Plov with safran, juicy shashlik, kutabs with meat or greens, and tea with sweets for the dessert. Real feast!
Our Baku layover guide won’t be complete without mentioning the burning mountain Yanardag that you might wish to visit on your way to the airport. There is a natural gas burning since olden times. The view of the fire flames that are meter long, covering the ground, will remind you why Azerbaijan is actually called Land of Fire.