Top things to do in Central Azerbaijan

Top Choice Islamic Site in Gəncə


One of Azerbaijan's most impressive Islamic structures, the İmamzadə is a masterpiece of brickwork and Central Asian–style blue majolica tiles on the northern edge of Gəncə. Though evidence seems sketchy, the site i…
Top Choice Cafe in Gəncə

Art Garden

Grafitti and hanging plants, a battered old piano and plenty of offbeat paintings combine to bring a fun, alternative vibe to Gəncə's quirkiest cafe in a barely marked old house. Enter through the little 'Art Garden…
Village in Gəncə


For a surreal slice of transplanted Teutonic history, drive around half an hour south of Gəncə to this agreeable small town founded as Helenendorf by German winemakers in the 1830s. Stalin bundled the Germans’ desce…
Lake in Gəncə

Lake Göy Göl

South of Göygöl are numerous woodland restaurants, then after Hacikənd the road emerges onto a ridge with magnificent views of the Lesser Caucasus range, crowned by the beaklike peak of Mt Kyapaz (Kəpəz Dağı). Furth…
Park in Gəncə

Xan Bağı

Escape the heat of the city beneath the deep shade of these thickly wooded gardens, where a mix of conifers and ivy-wrapped palms create a balmy sub-tropical feel.
Gate in Gəncə

Gəncə Darvazası

This pair of gigantic brick gateways dates from 2014 but is designed to evoke the idea of ancient Gəncə's long-lost citadel portal. The portal's original iron gates were plundered in an 1139 Georgian attack and remo…
International in Gəncə


Colourfully decorated with window frames, alarm clocks and painted keys, this youthful place offers pizzas, salads and a selection of Russian, Turkish and local semifast food. The lahmacun (skinny Turkish pizza-wrap…
Classical Music in Gəncə


Entirely rebuilt in 2017, Gəncə's foremost concert hall has an ornate neoclassical design replete with statuary, domes and a figure-topped spire. It's a memorable sight even if there is no performance to attend.
Mosque in Gəncə

Cümә Mosque

The 1606 Cümə Mosque features a disconnected double minaret and is credited to Persian Shah Abbas, in whose reign it was built.
Park in Gəncə

Heydar Əliyev Park

In the unofficial 'Top Park' competition between Azerbaijani cities, Gəncə's vast Heydar Əliyev Park wins hands down. Along with a fairground, modern-art museum, culture centre and amphitheatre for occasional free c…