AZERBAIJAN FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX 2019AZERBAIJAN F1 2019
26 28 APR

DESTINATION & TOURISM

Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do

    Background

    Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, and is twinned with the European cities of Naples in Italy, Sarajevo in Bosnia and Izmir in Turkey. Baku is famous for its unique soviet-era floating island located in the middle of the Caspian Sea, which is the oldest offshore oil city in the world.

    The city can be considered the perfect blend of the historic and the contemporary. Be sure to visit the medieval walled Old City which is home to the vast Royal Complex, the Palace of Shirvanshahs as well as the iconic stone Maiden Tower. If a modern atmosphere is more your scene, the city also hosts a multitude of vibrant arts and cultural activities. You will also find contemporary landmarks such as the Flame Towers (3 skyscrapers covered with LED screens) and the Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by Dame Zaha Hadid – the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004.

    • Language: Azerbaijani
    • Currency: Azerbaijani Manat (AZN)
    • Time Zone: AZT (GMT+0400)

    International Travel

    Heydar Aliyev International Airport is located around 20 kilometres north-east of Baku city. The Baku airport is served by a few major airlines such as Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways, as well as few smaller airlines. A bus service connects the airport and the city with stops at Koroglu metro station and 28 May metro station, it runs every 30 minutes between 6am and 10pm and every 60 minutes during night time. Tickets must be purchased before getting inside the bus from ticket machines located at the exit of the airport terminal.

    Accommodation

    For more information on where to stay and accommodation, check out our dedicated Accommodation page.

    Things To Do

    Old City Baku

    The Old City is the historical centre of Baku. It is the most ancient part of Baku, dating back as far as the 7th century, the Inner City is surrounded by walls which are still standing today. While wandering throughout the Old City, you will find medieval monuments such as the Maiden Tower, the Multani Caravanseri and the Gasim bey Bath.

    The Fire Temple of Ateshgah

    The Baku Ateshgah, also known as the "Fire Temple of Baku" is a religious temple which was used as a Hindu and Zoroastrian place of worship. The fire temple of Ateshgah was a philosophical pilgrimage landmark for Zoroastrians.

    Flame Towers

    The Flame Towers are inspired by Baku’s history of fire worship. They consist of three flame-shaped towers, one of which is considered the tallest skyscraper in the country which stands at 182 m (597 ft). The flame towers are completely covered with LED screens that display the movement of a fire visible from the farthest points of the city.

    Gobustan National Park

    This National Park is officially known as Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape. The site features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements and burials dating back from the Ice Age and Upper Palaeolithic era. The area is also home to ancient carvings, relics and mud volcanoes.

    Palace of the Shirvanshahs

    The Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a 15th-century palace described by the UNESCO as "one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture". The large complex contains the main building of the palace, the burial vaults, the Shah's mosque, a mausoleum, a reservoir and the remnants of a bath house.

    Weather

    Temperatures in Baku during April are around is a warm month average daily temperatures are around 17°C, so we would recommend bringing a jacket or warmer layers with you, especially for the chillier evenings. It is not uncommon for rainfall during April, therefore we recommend to bring waterproof clothing to ensure you are adequately prepared!

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