If you’re looking to explore the historical city - Baku has plenty of things to do, including the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its Shirvanshah Palace and the Maiden Tower, located a short distance from the hotel. Baku is also home to a variety of venues including the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall and the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. A number of museums can also be found in the city, among them the Azerbaijan State Museum of Art, the Nizami Museum of Azerbaijan Literature, and the Carpet and Applied Arts Museum, which exhibits carpets from all periods, styles and from both Azerbaijan proper and the Azeri provinces in Iran.
This is the city of apple orchards, located on the north-east slope of the Great Caucasus at a height of 2000 feet, and famous for its carpets and large bazaar. A fire worshippers' temple is located close to Kuba, and behind it lies the Canyon of Tengy with a maximum depth of 250 metres. Close to the canyon, at Afurdyi, is a 30-metre waterfall.
Lying at 2600 feet, Shemakha is one of the most ancient trading cities. In winter, Azeris go there to ski. The city has a small museum and is well known for the Shirvan agricultural farm where one can taste the famous local wines and brandy. An astrophysical observatory lies close to Shemakha, with the largest mirror telescope in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
One of the oldest and biggest cities in Azerbaijan, Sheki contains the summer palace of the Sheki Kahns, which is now a museum lying within the fortress. There are also medieval stone houses with tiled roofs, high verandas and courtyards.