Gobustan national park

Caspian sea view from Maiden Tower - Baku

One of many Baku's London cabs

Old Baku and Maiden Tower

Caspian sea boardwalk

Baku contemporary shopping center

Bibi Heybat Mosque

Pre-historyc settlement site - Gobustan

Mud Volcano eruption - Gobustan

Bahu Marriott Hotel

Old Baku architecture

Russian style subway station

12th century city walls of baku

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Country: Azerbaijan

Highlights:  Gastronomy ★★,  Art / Museums ★★,   Historical sites ★★,  Natural Beauty ★,   Shopping ★;  Sports/Adventure ★,  Geographic extremes ★★★,  Glamour ★,

When to go:  Mid-seasons

Where to go: Baku  and  Registan

Downside: Ugly oil production facilities all around. No more Sturgeons from the Caspian Sea.

Our Experiences:  Azerbaijan is a very rich oil producing nation. After the Societ Union split, this small country has retained one of the biggest oil sources in the region. The city of Baku is inviting and modern with some conservative original architecture preserving an identity. The international luxury hotel chain is now present. We have visited interesting archaeological sites, mosques and forts.  Everything with nice high end tourist services. The Caspian Sea (the world´s largest lake ) is the home of the famous Beluga Sturgeon, unfortunately chased to an almost extinction due to it´s gold priced fish roes, the Beluga Caviar. The fish is now protected and the world caviar prduction has been farmed, since then. ( And doesn´t taste the same anymore)  We have tasted in Baku the world´s last wild caviar ever produced in 2011. We actually buyed the maximum permited allowance at the time. It was so delicious, but very sad to know there would be no more.

Hotels we love and recommend:  Marriott ( Baku )

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