Top things to do in Around Baku

Archaeological Site in Around Baku

Qobustan Petroglyph Reserve

The Unesco-listed Qobustan Petroglyph Reserve protects thousands of stick-figure stone engravings dating back up to 12,000 years. Themes include livestock, wild animals and shamans. The images were carved into what …
Temple in Around Baku

Ateşgah Fire Temple

The unique Ateşgah is an 18th-century fire temple whose centrepiece is a flaming hearth. Arching above is a four-pillared stone dome with side flues which also spit dragon breath…but only on special occasions, notab…
Volcano in Around Baku

Mud Volcanoes

On top of utterly unpromising little Daşgil Hill is a weird collection of baby mud volcanoes, a whole family of ‘geologically flatulent’ little conical mounds that gurgle, ooze, spit and sometimes erupt with thick, …
Azerbaijani in Qala

Gala Bazaar

Packed with imaginative decor that incorporates elements from Moorish stone arches to southern French shutters, this place really does base itself on the model of an antique market-place cum caravanserai. The enclos…
Natural Feature in Around Baku

Yanar Dağ

In a raised gully near Digah village, a 10m-long strip of 'eternal' fire licks gently at at the foot of Fire Mountain. The name is misleading for what is actually a very modest hillock, but an inspired 2019 makeover…
Museum in Qala

Qala Ethnographic Museum Complex

This impressive open-air park-museum features several furnished, traditional-style Abşeron buildings – such as a house, blacksmith's forge, potters' workshop. Some are originals while others are reconstructions, and…
Islamic Shrine in Mәrdәkәn & Şüvəlan

Mir Mövsüm Ağa Ziyarətgahı

One of Azerbaijan’s most intriguing shrines, this complex is topped with a beautifully patterned Central Asian–style dome and has an interior spangled with polished-mirror mosaic facets. Most Azeris firmly believe t…
Fortress in Mәrdәkәn & Şüvəlan

Mardakan Castle

This 22m square-plan tower is a very dramatic construction yet it somehow manages to lie almost entirely hidden in a series of old village-style backstreets. Some sources claim it was first built in the 12th century…
Shrine in Mәrdәkәn & Şüvəlan

Pir Həsən

Pir Həsən is a shrine area where you can come to have a bottle smashed over your head. Honestly. It’s considered a cure for nervousness of spirit. The smashing occurs at the back of a pretty view-garden whose focus …
Castle in Around Baku

Ramana Fortress

On a rocky outcrop at Ramana, this fortress tower is one of the Abşeron's most dramatic castles, but adding to the interest of the visit is the view of many grungy old oil workings, nodding donkeys and run-off pools…