Southern Azerbaijan attractions

Top Choice Market in Lәnkәran


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.
Mosque in Lәnkәran

Imam Ali Məscidi

Dating from 1876, this tile-roofed brick mosque is archetypal of the region with its coloured-glass windows set within large pointed arches. Its pair of slightly off-line buildings form two sides of a peaceful open …
Natural Feature in Astara

Yanar Bulağ

Watch water burn at Arçivan village! What you see is a little drinking fountain beneath a concrete pergola, but the water that bubbles forth is made ‘flammable’ by partly dissolved methane. Bring your own matches – …
Museum in Lәnkәran

History Museum

The distinctive if heavily restored mansion containing this museum was built in 1913 for the grandson of Talysh khan Mir Mustafa. It features some grave finds and stone tools that are truly ancient, and there's a ro…
Museum in Lerik

Centenarians Museum

This modest two-room museum celebrates the statistically high proportion of centenarians among Talysh mountain people. Most famous was Şirəli Müslümov (aka Shirali Muslimov), cited as the world’s oldest man when he …
Viewpoint in Lerik


In and around Lerik there are numerous points from which to savour wide panoramas over highland fields and serrated crags. One relatively central option can be found by climbing the long stairway behind Flag Sq onto…
Cultural Centre in Lәnkәran

Heydar Əliyev Mərkəzi

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…
Beach in Lәnkәran

Fisherman's Beach

Lənkəran's grey-sand beaches aren't a big attraction if you want to swim and many are dotted with debris. Nonetheless, the coastal area around 1km north of the train station is a fascinating place to drink tea at on…
Landmark in Lәnkәran

Stalin's Prison

This sturdy brick-barrel tower once imprisoned Joseph Stalin during his early revolutionary days. However, there's no attempt to commemorate the fact and the building is essentially derelict, with the tiled roof in …
Statue in Lәnkәran

Həzi Aslanov Statue

The figure standing proudly in front of the train station is local WWII hero Həzi Aslanov, whose plinth rises from a stylised concrete tank.