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Azerbaijan is a country of amazing culture and history, delicious cuisine and stunning scenery. Here are some of the best ways to get out and explore it not far from Shorabad:

The capital, Baku, is a city of stunning contrasts where east and west, old and new combine harmoniously. Visit the UNESCO-listed Old City, which is packed with cultural and historical landmarks as well as cafes, bars and shops. Admire the city’s modern skyline, studded with futuristic buildings like the Flame Towers and the Heydar Aliyev Centre. Explore Azerbaijani culture at the great selection of galleries, museums, theatres, and concert halls. And tuck into Azerbaijani food and wine at countless great bars and restaurants.

North of Baku, the Absheron Peninsula is a great place to go in summer for its resorts and beaches. Here you can also discover Azerbaijan’s fascinating fire-worshipping heritage at the Ateshgah Fire Temple and Yanardag. South of Baku, meanwhile, the UNESCO-listed petroglyphs and mud volcanoes await at Gobustan.

North of Shorabad, the Guba region is the gateway to the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Up there the scenery is simply amazing and there’s some great hiking along marked routes as well as opportunities to visit remote mountain villages like Griz and Khinalig, which are inhabited by separate ethnic groups with their own languages. In Guba city, cross the river to a place called Red Village, which is the home of Azerbaijan’s Mountain Jewish community. Call into the Museum of Mountain Jews to learn about their history.

Further north still, the Gusar region promises more incredible mountain scenery. This region is home to Azerbaijan’s highest peaks (the highest being Mt Bazarduzu at 4,466m) and hosts the superb Shahdag Mountain Resort, comprising several luxurious hotels with spas and activities including hiking, paragliding, quad biking, mountain biking and many others. In winter Shahdag is a fantastic ski resort.

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