Medical Tourism in Azerbaijan

Medical Tourism in Azerbaijan

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Medical tourism in Azerbaijan covers a much broader range of experiences than many people realize. If you desire to blend a vacation of pleasant leisure with intentional recreation and health care, you can reap the benefits not only of a healthier body, but also a livelier mind, heart and spirit.

Azerbaijan attracts increasing numbers of tourists each year with its curative resources, and one of the most unusual of all is its mud volcanoes. Around eight hundred mud volcanoes exist in the world, three hundred of which are located in Azerbaijan, and the mud from these volcanoes is widely used in cosmetology and in the treatment of many diseases.

The therapeutic and recreational complex of Galaalti Hotel and Spa, located 1000 meters above sea level, is another unique health tourism destination which is heavily linked with the history of Azerbaijan. In 1969, medicinal mineral springs were discovered in the foothills of Galaalti (Qalaalti) and quickly became an elite health resort in the USSR. Today, the modern medical-recreational complex provides healing waters in a calm and picturesque setting for both tourists and the Azerbaijan population. Masalli Region is also famous for its warm healing springs, where in ancient times it was believed that the rejuvenating water was a gift from the gods.

Other popular destinations for medical tourism in Azerbaijan include salt mines, particularly Duzdagh Cave (Salty Mountain Cave) in Nakhchivan. Naftalan Resort, where the famous crude Naftalan oil is used to treat numerous illnesses, is a famous balneotherapeutic health resort established in 1926 and well-known for its oil baths.

Any holistic approach to health should include the essentials of rejuvenating air and a relaxing environ, both of which Azerbaijan has in abundance. Snow-capped mountains, fun memories and the opportunity to unwind from a hectic schedule have also proven beneficial to many a weary traveler who discovered just what they needed amidst the sights and sounds of the Caucasus.