Welcome to Balakən
Primarily a transit point for travellers, Balakən is the first town you’ll reach on arrival from Georgia via Kakheti. A large flagpole marks the central junction near the bazaar. Comfortable Hotel Qubek is a short walk north of here beside a large park with an entertainingly pointless cable car sometimes running to a low, statue-topped hillock. Hidden away in the older centre, a fine mosque with a beautiful brick-faceted minaret is the only real 'sight'.