Famous for apples and carpet-making, Quba is a town in three parts. Old Quba is a grid of low-rise streets raised above the deep-cut Qudiyalçay River. This had been the 18th-century capital of local potentate Fatali Khan, but later became a provincial backwater once the khanate had been absorbed into the Russian Empire (1806).
Azeris often recall summers of love in Nabran with a fondness that may lead you to expect a Soviet Ibiza. Don’t get carried away. In July and August it certainly has the party vibe with a tidal wave of Azeri holidaymakers at play. But with sand like topsoil, the beach is far from idyllic.