Things to do in Azerbaijan


Active rest in the sky

Parachute jumps have recently become more popular in Azerbaijan. Within the framework of the FAIREX - Federation of Air and Extreme Sports, there are several specialized clubs (Gilavar, RockStone, Ecotourist) that will help everyone to experience the euphoria from skydiving. For beginners, there are single jumps and jumps paired with an instructor. Jumping, as a rule, is carried out in the Balakan Aviation Center, located in the city of Balakan, 394 km from Baku. International competitions are often held here.

 

Mountain skiing

Mountainous areas of Gusar and Gabala districts are ideal for those who want to enjoy real winter rest in Azerbaijan.  International winter tourism resorts - Shahdag and Tufandag offer a full range of winter entertainment - from swift descents on skis and snowboards to leisurely walks in the surrounding hills and cable car trips.


Zip-line

You can feel harmony of magnificent scenery of mountains with breathtaking views through the air on a zip-line. Not for the faint hearted you will travel at speeds of up to 20-25 km/h from one end of the line to the other at approximately 45 m up in the air. Safety equipment will be provided and you will be under supervision at all times.

 

Horse riding

Breeding horses, is available to a few, but to try their hand at equestrian sport or just go horseback riding for pleasure in Azerbaijan can afford almost everyone. All kinds of equestrian sport and equestrian clubs in the country are under the jurisdiction of the Equestrian Federation (ARAF), which organizes most competitions. Bina Equestrian Center and Jidir Equestrian Center are ideal places for those who like horse riding.

 

Fishing

The inexhaustible natural resources of Azerbaijan, including the bioresources of the Caspian Sea, numerous rivers, lakes and reservoirs allow fishing almost at any time of the year. It should be noted that consent of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources are required for fishing.

Pirallahi Island in the Caspian Sea, the sea area in Neftchala, Lankaran, Siyazan, Khachmaz (Nabran), the resources of the Kur River, the reservoirs in Mingachevir and the Shamkir Reservoir, private farms in the city of Shamakhi (Sakit Gol), etc. are among the popular fishing places. The area of the Khal-Khal waterfall in Oghuz should be specially noted. In Mingachevir, in addition to fishing on a bridge in the city center, you can organize private fishing in Kur River.

 

Hunting

Wild animals and birds represented in the fauna of the rich and fertile land of Azerbaijan, including endemics (the Caucasian tur) can be objects for hunting. It should be noted that hunting on the territory of the country is allowed only during the hunting season, which is opened by the decision of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan and in strictly established places, as well as in hunting farms in the regions of the country. Depending on the season, hunting wild boar, raccoon, fox, jackal, nutria, birds, etc. is common in Azerbaijan.


Pomegranate festival

This festival is held in Goychay during pomegranate harvest, mainly in November. The festival called as "Pomegranate holiday" has been organized since 2006. The pomegranates grown in separate villages of Goychay region and products made from it are brought to the district center and displayed at the exhibition organized in the city square. Young athletes’ performances and concert programs are performed at the city center.

 

Baku marathon

The marathon run is a kind of light athletics that runs 42 miles in 195 meters. The idea to organize the Baku Marathon was initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in 2016. The purpose of the Baku Marathon is to support the development of sports, to promote healthy lifestyle and to bring people together for charity purposes. The Baku Marathon, which has already become a tradition, is held in April and May every year. The funds collected from the marathon are spent for charity purposes.