What to do in Baku: 5 top tips

30 May 2019 08:29

Baku is one of Europe's fastest growing cities.

Baku is one of Europe's fastest growing cities.

If you're heading to Baku for the big match between Chelsea and Arsenal, don't forget to experience the true magic of the Azerbaijani capital with these top tips...

Climb the Maiden Tower

One of Azerbaijan's most famous buildings, the Maiden Tower rises up at the edge of Baku's magical old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally part of the city's fortresses dating back to the 12th century, these days the tower is the perfect place to take in views of Baku after a long day exploring its tight and lively streets.

Explore the Flames

A symbol of modern Baku, the iconic Flame Towers jut out above the city's skyline like licks of flame. The towers themselves are home to a mix of flats, offices and hotel rooms, but visitors who aren't staying in the towers can experience the magic of the buildings by taking a funicular railway from the city centre up to the base.

Get palatial

Another must-see in Baku's historic old city is the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, an imposing 15th century palace that forms an important part of Baku and, indeed, Azerbaijan's history. As part of the city's recent regeneration, the palace was renovated in 2003 and now has an important role in telling locals and visitors alike the history of the country and its people.

Indulge your taste buds

With its location at the crossroads of European, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, it's safe to say Baku has a whole host of excellent food that's just waiting to be tasted! The local favourite is undoubtedly an Azerbaijani-style kebab. Barely recognisable from its UK cousin, the local kebab is a delicacy made with lamb, beef, chicken or fish and lots of tasty spices.

Wander along the seafront

Baku sits on the southern coast of a peninsular that stretches out into the Caspian Sea, and the city is oriented towards the water. The best spot for walking is closest to the city centre, where a large section of waterfront has been converted into a lush park with plenty of opportunities for jogging, strolling or simply sitting and watching the world go by.

If you're going away, don't forget travel insurance

If you're heading to Baku for the football, make sure you have the right cover. At World First, we offer a range of dedicated travel insurance policies that'll give you peace of mind when heading away.

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