The city of Baku is located on the hot and dusty Absheron peninsula. The center of Baku is a patch of green in a largely brown area because of the many liters of water that is piped to the city every day. The city has a metro, a well developed bus and mini bus network, and a large area for walking including the Inner Walled City, The
Boluvar, and Fountain Square.
To prepare for Baku;
bring some comfortable shoes, western clothes are acceptable for the city, but pants for men and long dresses for women are recommended if you go to more remote regions such as [[ Gobustan]] . Reading the book ' 'Ali and Nino'' is a good way to get into the mood .
*Check into lodging
*Eat lunch at Fountain Square
(eg. doner kebab from Lebanese fast food) and walk around the square*Walk towards Caspian Sea and walk along the boulevard
*Go to the Old City and climb the Maiden's tower, and spend the rest of the afternoon walking through the narrow streets and visiting the Palace and old mosques.
*Have dinner in the Old City (Karvan Saray for Azeri food in a unique ambience, Sultan Inn rooftop or Meridien hotel rooftop restaurants for european/fusion with excellent views) or head back to the Fountain Square for greater variety of inexpensive cuisine.
*Alternatively, at Sahil metro exit, turn left and walk one block to Cafe Aroma for coffee/tea.
*Go to the Ateshgah Fire Temple via electric train (leaves 28 May station at 10:20) Alternatively, marshrutkas depart from Qara Qarayev or azizbeyov metro stations
*Return to 28 May station and eat a lunch of
at Georgian Home
see mud volcanoes and petrogyphs in Gobustan. Gobustan
about a 45 minute one-way taxi drive from Baku
at Cafe Rendezvous
*In the evening, go to the opera at the national opera on Nizami street. Otherwise, go to the
rooftop bar at Sultan Inn in the Old City for a drink
the TV tower
*Go to 20 January station and catch a mini-bus to the next destination
There are many options for leaving [[Baku]]:
*[[Lankaran]]-the gem of the south with unique food, culture, and sights*[[Xachmaz]]-the biggest tourist destination in Azerbaijan*[[Sheki]]-the city of the Sheki Khans and their unique palace notwithstanding the Albanian church in [[Kish]] village
*[[Ganja]]-this is the second biggest city in Azerbaijan, home of the poet Nizami Ganjavi