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This remote, 244-sq-km nature reserve climbs to heights of over 3000m in the Caucasus above the small town of Lagodekhi in eastern Kakheti near the Azerbaijan border...
From about late June to mid-October you can hike a very scenic 24km trail from Lagodekhi up to picturesque Shavi Kldeebis Tba on the Russian border (three days there and back, with an ascent of 2200m), with nights at...
Car is a chocolate-box village half-hidden in blossoms and greenery. Picturesque houses are hidden behind mossy dry-stone walls in abundant orchards. Several rustic restaurants are tucked away in its woodland fringes.
High Alpine pastures above the treeline offer some of the loveliest vistas in Azerbaijan. The only way up is on foot or by horse...
The most characterful restaurant for miles around, Calğalıq is packed with more antique handicrafts than the average museum and the enchanted garden is all acroak with frogs...
Neat yet inexpensive eatery for doner (AZN1.50), lahmajun, fresh-baked pide etc.
Bus services to Baku and marshrutky to Balakən.
It seems that the staff never stop polishing the glass-topped tables in this neat if generic place for Turkish pizza, kebabs or dolma.
Advance-purchase train tickets are sold from a small, easily missed booth-shop tucked into the old bus station's rear courtyard. Bring your passport...
Zaqatala's biggest new mosque has a distinctively Turkish design.
Built between 1830 and 1860, Zaqatala’s Russian fortress is a sprawling affair with sturdy grey stone walls...
The small Historical Museum is worth a five-minute glimpse to peruse faded photos of the area's attraction amid old pots, jewellery, priceless books and local costumes. There's minimal English.
The overgrown ruins of this once grand barrel-towered church sit between the Old Town Sq and the fortress.
This cosy cafe doesn't have the advertised espresso but does an excellent Turkish coffee served with lokum (Turkish delight).
It's most popular on summer evenings once the blazing sun is off the outdoor terrace...
Zaqatala's Old Town is centred on a pretty garden-square, above which rise two 30m tall çinar (plane) trees planted in the 1780s...
Entrance to Heydar Əliyev Park.
Qala Düzü is best known as this Wedding Palace, but there is also a teahouse section in the park behind that serves tea and meals in summer.
The big main building is a wedding palace, but food, tea and a limited menu are available from the clifftop booth seats in the park outside...
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