Lənkəran’s sprawling bazaar area is centred on an architecturally drab concrete hangar, but it’s loaded with colourful produce and equally colourful local characters. Remarkably friendly.
This sturdy brick-barrel tower once imprisoned Joseph Stalin during his early revolutionary days, yet for now there's no attempt to commemorate the fact.
Pop into this refreshingly air-conditioned centre to peruse the photographic exhibition on the life and times of the 'National Leader'. Or simply to cool down when the temperature and humidity make it less appealing…
The main attraction of the History Museum is the building itself, a century-old brick mansion built in ‘Scooby-Doo gothic’ style. It looks great when illuminated at night.
Lənkəran's grey-sand beaches aren't a big attraction if you want to swim and many are dotted with debris, but the coastal area around 1km north of the train station is nonetheless a fascinating place to drink tea at…
Just across the river from the town centre, the Xəzər Stadium is home to the local premier-league football team, which was managed during 2013 by John Toshack, better known as a star of the 1970s Liverpool squad.
Still functioning as a lighthouse despite being set well inland beyond the train station, this whitewashed structure is similarly shaped to Stalin's prison, formed of two concentric cylinders.
The figure standing proudly in front of the train station is local WWII hero Həzi Aslanov, whose plinth rises from a stylised concrete tank.