Top things to do in Northern Azerbaijan

Village in Northern Azerbaijan

Laza

Laza is a diffuse scattering of houses encircled by soaring mountains with grass-clad slopes and ribbon waterfalls cascading over perilous cliff edges. A rocky pinnacle beside the little metal-roofed mosque adds for…
International in Quba

Chalette

Surely the only non–ski restaurant in the Caucasus to be accessed by its own private cable car, Chalette specialises in chill-aged steak both local and imported. You can also order a fair range of other internationa…
Mountain in Northern Azerbaijan

Beşbarmaq Dağ

Atop a supersteep grassy ridge, Beşbarmaq Dağ is a distinctive split crag whose mystical crown of phallic rocks attracts (mostly female) pilgrims. They climb a steep, partially laddered trail from a ridgetop car par…
Memorial in Quba

Quba 1918 Genocide Memorial Complex

A startling pair of concrete spike-pyramids rise dramatically above a subterranean museum that very powerfully commemorates the massacres of April and May 1918. In the then-larger Quba district, 122 villages were ra…
Village in Northern Azerbaijan

Qrız

One of Northern Azerbaijan's most culturally intriguing villages, Qrız sits on the crag-top plateau that looks out across the cliffs above Çaygoşan. The architecture isn't memorable and there is nothing in the way o…
Area in Quba

Qırmızı Qəsəbə

Across the river from central Quba, Qırmızı Qəsəbə is a much-celebrated Jewish village with two active synagogues, including the Grand Synagogue. Its comfortable existence is often cited as proof of Azerbaijan's his…
Azerbaijani in Quba

Sərin

The speciality here is a slow-cooked local stew that includes bozport (lamb with kəvər greens) or buzdamac (beef with carrots and garlic), served in small portions at tables dotted widely through a pretty woodland g…
National Park in Northern Azerbaijan

Shahdag National Park

The vast Shahdag National Park covers over 1.3 million sq km, encompassing many of the nation's most spectacular peaks and high-mountain trails. Lower areas of the park can be entered with a standard AZN2 national-p…
Picnic Area in Xınalıq

Çaygoșan

One of the most dramatic stretches of the Quba–Xınalıq road starts when it enters a deep, narrow canyon at around Km 34.5. It emerges over 2km later at an uninhabited grassy picnic spot called Çaygoșan, where there …
Castle in Northern Azerbaijan

Çirax Qala

One of rural Azerbaijan’s best-preserved castle ruins, Çirax Qala's spindly, three-storey keep rises on a forested bluff, high above Qala Altı, a big, modern sulphur-water sanatorium complex. You see the caste's sil…