Once part of the former Soviet Union, it has a culture that blends European and Middle Eastern influences. Visitors to Azerbaijan will find well-preserved architectural sites showing its ancient past. In the capital city of Baku, remnants of ancient Zoroastrian, Armenian, Russian and Persian empires can still be seen. The walled city of Baku contains striking medieval buildings and essentially acts as an open-air museum of Azerbaijan’s long history.
A major draw for travelers is Azerbaijan’s natural beauty. Much of the country is mountainous with the Lesser Caucasus Mountains and Talish Mountains dominating the landscape. Nature lovers will find excellent hiking, climbing, and adventure sports opportunities among the alpine scenery. The Caucasus offers scenic gorges, valleys, and forested hillsides to explore. Along the Caspian Sea coastline are beaches and sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see.
Azerbaijan also offers visitors a taste of local culture. People are warm and hospitality is highly valued. Traditional arts like carpet weaving, copper work, and woodcarving can be found in village workshops. Visitors have opportunities to experience folk music, dance, and cuisine. Azerbaijan’s blend of Eastern and Western influences means it caters to varying tastes through its cultural attractions and recreational activities.
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