Welcome to Yanar Dağ
In the 13th century Marco Polo mentioned numerous natural-gas flames spurting spontaneously from the Abşeron Peninsula. Most, as at Suraxanı, petered out when the drilling of oil wells reduced underground pressure. However, Yanar Dağ lives on, a 10m-long wall of fire that’s been blazing away on this inconspicuous hillock since it was accidentally ignited by a shepherd’s cigarette back in the 1950s. The site is not pristine: a broken-down old teahouse overlooks the scene and a new rubbish disposal plant looms nearby, but this remains one of the Abşeron’s stranger sights. By public transport use clunky little bus 227 (30q, 30 minutes) departing from the northern exit of Əzizbəyov metro.