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Baku, Azerbaijan's capital, and the largest city in the Caucasus, lies on Caspian Sea. During the Soviet era, it was a seaside vacation destination and popular for its spas. The picturesque Old City (icheri shekher), the new boomtown and the Soviet-built town make up Baku. The cobbled streets, narrow alleys and ancient buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old City are the undoubted highlight for visitors to Baku.
Baku has warm summers and mild winters. Temperatures average around 31 °C from June to September and are still around 10 °C during the December to February winter period. Frost and snow are rare, but rain can fall in every month, though tends to be somewhat higher during October and November.
|Avg Max||6.6 °C||6.3 °C||9.8 °C||16.4 °C||22.1 °C||27.3 °C||30.6 °C||29.7 °C||25.6 °C||19.6 °C||13.5 °C||9.7 °C|
|Avg Min||2.1 °C||2 °C||4.2 °C||9.4 °C||14.9 °C||19.7 °C||22.2 °C||22.9 °C||19.4 °C||13.6 °C||8.8 °C||4.8 °C|
|Rainfall||21 mm||20 mm||21 mm||18 mm||18 mm||8 mm||2 mm||6 mm||15 mm||25 mm||30 mm||26 mm|
Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) is the busiest airport in the Caucasus and is located near Baku. It services flights primarily to destinations in Central Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe. Azerbaijan Airlines, the national airline, has its main hub here. Domestic destinations include Ganja and Nakhchivan City (exclave).
Buses travel to all major cities and towns in Azerbaijan as well as destinations further away including Tehran, Tblisi and Istanbul. Minibuses and shared taxis also ply the national routes from Baku.
Ferries, both cargo and passenger, travel across the Caspian Sea from Baku to Turkmenbashi in Turkmenistan and Aqtau in Kazakhstan. Services are erratic though, but the crossing to Turkmenistan is the most popular and reliable. Some ferries go to Russia as well, which is mostly used because as a foreigner, you can't travel overland between the two countries.
Theoretically, ferries also cross the Caspian Sea to Iran, but these are unreliable and infrequent, no schedules exist, they are not comfortable and it's slow. It is adventurous though!
|Caspian Hostel||Asef zeynalli 29 / 9||HOSTEL||77|
|Royal Sea View Hostel||Abilov street 45, (Near "SOS Child Village") Zig settlement,||HOSTEL||-|
|Tamadon Hostel||no,32,teymur aliev,Ganjlik||HOSTEL||-|
|Noah's Ark Hotel||Old city, Ilyas Efendiyev street||HOTEL||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
as well as Lavafalls (11%)
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