OLD-WORLD ELEGANCE ALONG THE CASPIAN SEA
Baku is the capital – or maybe it is better to say the heart – of Azerbaijan. It is a city that’s changing every second, without losing its identity. There is probably no other place where historical architecture and modern art blend so well together. With new architectural projects, entertainment venues and parks, and many perfectly restored Soviet Union-era buildings, Baku is moving forward, growing and developing as a tourism destination
Baku, one of the most alluring and cosmopolitan cities in the world is located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia; its name meaning “city of winds” or “city on the hill”. The city is a large scientific, cultural and industrial centre. Ancient foundations, its large area and population all make Baku one of the oldest and largest cities in the East. Baku is situated on the shore of the Caspian Sea in the south of the Absheron peninsula. Baku perfectly combines the beauty and intrigue of its ancient past with its ambition to establish itself as a modern European city featuring Baku, one of the most alluring and cosmopolitan cities in the world is located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia; its name meaning “award winning architecture, business centres and skyscrapers.
Being the largest cultural centre in the country, Baku is the city in which the first national theatre, in the Muslim East, lifted the curtain; the first opera was performed; the country's first newspaper was published as well as it being the city where Azerbaijan's first library was opened. Baku is home to the most beautiful and extraordinarily decorative buildings; its museums, theatres, opera house, cinemas and libraries.
Baku is also an industrial hub, famous for the unique Neft Dashlari (Oil Rocks) in the middle of the Caspian Sea, which is the largest inhabited and oldest offshore oil city in the world. It has a high concentration of ancient oil fields, well-known oil stones, unique deep water plant foundations, high-capacity derrick barges and modern drilling floating units.
Baku is not only about having tours to historic sites, exciting shopping, clean air and the sea, it is also a place with a vibrant nightlife which mainly includes restaurants and clubs. Many restaurants are open till late, attracting visitors who are able to enjoy a variety of international menus as well as traditional Azerbaijani meals. In the summer months, you can also find discos on the outskirts of Baku and at the beach resorts.
Once the sun goes down, Baku city truly dazzles. Each building in the centre shines in its unique light. Highland Park has a magnificent view of the city at night and it is located on a high hill of the city and is the best place to view Baku's bay. Baku is a surprisingly safe city to walk around, even at night. Baku Boulevard is one of the most popular places for night walks along the Caspian Sea. The Boulevard is a favourite place entertaining both residents and guests.