Şirvan National Park

in Şirvan National Park

Around 100km south of Baku, this park is outwardly just a featureless flat plain but it provides Europe’s last remaining natural habitat for wild Caucasian antelopes (ceyran). To stand any chance of seeing these loveable creatures you’ll need a vehicle. If you don’t have your own 4WD it’s possible to rent the park’s bus (for petrol money) but making necessary arrangements is farcically awkward, as the park has no phone. Salyan- and Lənkəran-bound buses pass the park gates where there’s a small reception hut.