Welcome to Zaqatala
Azerbaijan’s hazelnut capital sits at the confluence of two wide mountain rivers with the peaks of the Greater Caucasus as a dramatic backdrop. The town's small but picturesque old core is centred on a garden-square shaded by a couple of ancient çınar (plane trees). That's backed by an extensive if somewhat formless fortress and a large, semi-wooded park on the slope that climbs steadily to the pretty village of Car (pronounced 'jar') from which a shepherds' trail leads steeply up to glorious highland pastures. Zaqatala's lower town, where the bazaar and bus station are located, 2km downhill from the centre, is unremarkable but a useful place to stay and organise transport.