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A weekend in Baku is a two and a half day and two night stay in Baku, Azerbaijan
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 traveling in Baku City center; Comfortable shoes, shorts, t-shirt and some sun-cream wouldn't go a miss. Read some articles online to get a feel for the city and how to get about, taxis are very easy to find and most drivers even though they don't speak English still have a rough idea, taxis within the City are cheap. Make sure you have your emergency numbers on you also.
Unpack your things in your apartment or hotel, have a wonder about your hotel and get to know your surroundings. Ask the Hotel desk for a phone to phone if you are lost.
- 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
- Visit the Park Bulvar shopping center, and Crystal Hall (Where they hosted Eurovision 2012)
- 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.
- Go to the Jazz Cafe (live jazz at 9pm), a movie at the movie theater in Fountain Square (in Azeri mostly), or club/pub/bar for a drink, or two.
- Wake up
- Take metro/cab to 20 Yanvar metro station. At metro exit, turn right and right around the block to get to Chudo Pechka. There's plenty of sweet/savory pastries to choose from (take out only). Walk across the road to the park with the 26 Commissars monument and enjoy the food there.
- 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 Georgian food at Georgian Home
- Go see mud volcanoes and petrogyphs in Gobustan. Gobustan is about a 45 minute one-way taxi drive from Baku.
- Eat dinner 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 and excellent views of the Maiden Tower, Caspian sea and the TV tower.
- Check out of the lodging
- Buy pastries at Chudo Pechka by for breakfast and eat them in the nearby park
- 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
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