Discover Azerbaijan's multi-layered capital city, Baku, and its surroundings on this quick four-day sojourn. From its perch on the western shores of the Caspian Sea, Baku has a long history of prosperous trade along the Silk Road. Relics of this era are found today in its Unesco-listed center Icheri Sheher, while sublime works of modern architecture, like the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Center remind us of more recent ‘oil booms’. Explore all this plus restaurants and galleries, and nearby attractions like Ateshgah Fire Temple and Gobustan State Reserve. This itinerary is suited to anyone doing a stopover in Baku, or wanting a ‘flavor’ of Azerbaijan while visiting other Caucasus countries, or anyone visiting the city for the Grand Prix. The street race runs along the Caspian Sea shoreline before winding past the medieval walls of Icheri Sheher, making it one of the most visually impressive circuits.
For an in-depth introduction to Baku read our recent piece in Travelogues here.