If you arrive from Georgia via Lagodekhi, then sleepy Balakən will be the first Azeri town you’ll see. The town’s commercial centre is around the bazaar. However, the town’s only sight, a fine 19th-century mosque, is 1km further west, two blocks south of the prominent Heydar Bağı gardens.
The imam generally allows visitors to climb the mosque’s unique brick minaret for a fine view over the town.
If you inexplicably want to spend the night in Balakən, there’s a big new hotel under construction, 300m north of the bazaar. Meanwhile, the neat little AzPetrol Motel (