The Azerbaijani capital, Baku, is an intriguing city, where you can feel the ancient and the modern intertwining with each other in a unique way. Unfairly overlooked as a tourist destination until recent years, Azerbaijan is now a flourishing travel spot, attracting travelers from all over the world. The capital of Baku is an exciting city to visit, offering a variety of attractions to see – from ancient historic sites to contemporary places of interest.
The UNESCO-listed Old City of Baku is home to impressive monuments and landmarks from which you can learn a lot about Azerbaijan’s cultural heritage. But aside from the historic sightseeing, the Land of Fire could be also fun and has plenty of other quite interesting activities to enjoy for those looking for something a little different. Here are 5 weird things to do in Baku:
1. Ride a gondola at the ‘Little Venice’
The “Little Venice” is a small town on Baku Boulevard built in 1960 with of a range of channels and islands, connected by bridges. You can go for a walk, ride a gondola or enjoy a meal at the two restaurants in the park.
2. Take a crude oil bath
Luxury spa with crude oil? This is surely something you’ve never done before and an experience you’ll never forget. Soaking in Naftalan oil (produced in the town of Naftalan) is a popular local health procedure and a great way to take advantage of the precious natural resource of Azerbaijan. The oil bath also has amazing health benefits for the skin and can heal certain diseases, including neurological disorder and impotence.
3. Explore the mystique of Azerbaijani Carpets at the Carpet Museum
Carpet making is an essential part of Azerbaijani culture and carpet weaving is one of the ancient types of arts and crafts in the country. The museum building is shaped as a spectacular building rolled-up carpet, while inside you can see different types of carpets. It’s an interesting place to visit.
4. Read a book at the Museum of Miniature Books
The Baku Museum of Miniature Books holds a remarkable collection of tiny books from all over the world and in almost any language. Some of the notable books include a Bible miniature and a 17th-century copy of the Quran. Worth a stop if you’re in the old inner part of Baku.
5. Dip your hand into a mud volcano
Mud volcanoes are one of the must-see attractions in Azerbaijan as it’s the country with most mud volcanoes in the world. Take a trip and explore this amazing natural phenomenon that you won’t find on many places on Earth. You can dip your hand to feel the mud and if you dare, you can also dive as these crazy guys did, but be careful because it’s still a volcano and might erupt!