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Experience Baku – a city on the rise

Book flights to Baku with Etihad Airways and discover Azerbaijan’s diverse capital city.

Visit the ancient Old City for traditional baroque structures, or explore modern neighbourhoods for incredible, cutting-edge architecture.

shirvan shakirs palace inner city baku azerbaijan

Stroll along Baku Boulevard, feeling the breeze from the Caspian Sea as you soak up the view of the city’s skyline.

Take time to admire the iconic Flame Towers – these three flame-shaped skyscrapers tower over the city.

Step back in time and explore beyond the walls of the ancient Old City, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Then, head to Fountain Square and watch the world go by to the sound of the fountains dancing.

From stand-out buildings to mesmerising rock art, this city is showing the world that Azerbaijan is deserving of its place on your travel bucket list.

Book plane tickets to Baku with Etihad Airways today.

What’s the weather like in Baku?

What’s the weather like in Baku?

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April to May are popular months to fly to Baku, due to pleasant spring temperatures and little rainfall. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures averaging 27°C, and sometimes reaching highs of 40°C.

Winters are typically mild due to the city’s position on the coast, but temperatures can drop to as low as 1°C in February. Take layers if you’re planning on exploring the city at this time.

Reasons to visit Baku

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Walk the Old City

Exploring the well-preserved Old City of Baku (or Inner City) is a must. Boasting UNESCO World Heritage Status, the fascinating walled city dates back as far as the 12th century, although some claim it goes back even further to the 7th century.

A contrast to Baku’s otherwise ultramodern architecture, amble along cobbled streets surrounded by sandstone buildings, buy handmade crafts from the locals, and be sure to visit the two highlights of the Old City: Maiden Tower and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs. Maiden Tower features on the Azerbaijani currency, and both buildings were built around the 15th century.

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Admire state-of-the-art architecture

Outside of the Old City, things are a little different. Baku has made a name for itself by constructing a plethora of extravagant, state-of-the-art structures. The most recognisable of them all are the magnificent Flame Towers, the tallest building in Azerbaijan, which dominates the skyline.

Other aesthetically stunning sights include the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Fountain Square, Ganjlik Mall and the unique Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum. Many of these places look even better when lit up – we recommend visiting them on a walking night tour.

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Explore natural attractions

There’s plenty of natural beauty to discover outside of the city, much of which is reachable by booking a place on an organised tour. Visit the Absheron National Park on the waters of the Caspian Sea to see gazelles, foxes, tortoises, jackals and the endangered Caspian seal – one of the world’s smallest seal species.

Get up close to some mysterious mud volcanoes or venture a little further west and discover ancient petroglyphs and spectacular rock formations at the Gobustan National Park. As well as the outdoor reserve, there’s an interactive museum on-site.

Things to know before you fly to Baku

plane Transfers from the airport

Flights to Baku arrive at Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD), around 19 miles from the city centre. Book a transfer with Etihad for a seamless transfer to your destination.

Buses from the airport to the centre take around 30 minutes. You can buy a city-wide travel pass at the airport to use during your trip.

currency Local currency

The local currency in Baku is Azerbaijani manat (AZN). Most major currencies can be exchanged easily in the city. Large hotels, restaurants and shops will accept most major credit cards.

You can exchange your money for AZN at most banks in the city and high street foreign exchange offices.

bus Getting around

Most attractions in Baku can be reached on foot. For areas further afield, take a taxi or make use of the public buses and the metro system. If you’re planning on using public transport a lot, it might be worth purchasing a pre-paid travel pass. These are available from metro stations.

accommodation Where to stay in Baku

Stay in Sabayil to be close by to many of Baku’s main attractions such as Fountain Square, sections of Baku Boulevard and the Flame Towers. A bit further away in Yasamal, discover the residential side of Baku. It’s a good spot for foodies with plenty of cafes and restaurants to pick from.

Flying to Baku: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Baku?

If you book your Baku plane tickets around a long weekend, there should be more than enough time to see the city’s main sights. The capital also acts as a gateway to the rest of the country. Extend your trip by heading to the ancient village of Sheki, or to the ski resorts in winter.

What language do they speak in Baku?

The official language spoken in Baku and the rest of Azerbaijan is Azerbaijani, also known as Azeri, or Azeri Turkic, which has similarities to modern Turkish. English is becoming increasingly more common in the capital too. In Azerbaijani, hello is salam and thank you is sag ol.

What food is Baku known for?

Azerbaijani food fuses flavours and textures from the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Fresh seafood is a popular meal choice for locals in Baku, thanks to its location by the Caspian Sea. Dolma is another traditional dish, featuring a lamb and rice mix with mint, cinnamon and fennel wrapped in cabbage or vine leaves.

Why we love Baku

“The mix of architecture here is astonishing, from the ancient Old City to the huge Flame Towers. Baku is a place of genuine contrasts, and a great city to explore on foot."

Weather in Baku

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