Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. It is divided partially between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. On its eastern side lies the Caspian Sea, while the Russian Federation borders are on the northern. Other countries which share boundaries with Azerbaijan are Georgia to the west and north-west, Turkey to the west, Armenia in the south-west and Iran in the south.
Baku is the South Caucasus’ largest and most cosmopolitan metropolis. Few cities in the world are changing as quickly and nowhere else in Eurasia do east and west blend as seamlessly as here. Its elegant center, pedestrianized tree-lined streets are increasingly filled with exclusive boutiques. UNESCO World Heritage status has helped to reserve the corporate gentrification of the fascinating Old City (İçəri Şəhər), hemmed in by an exotically crenelated arc of a fortress wall. And, romantic couples defy Islamic stereotypes by canoodling their way around wooded parks and handholding on the Caspian-front Boulevard (promenade), whose greens and opal blues make a mockery of Baku’s desert-ringed location.
Time zone UTC/GMT +4 hours
While Azerbaijani is the official language in Azerbaijan, English, Russian, and Turkish are also widely spoken.
Local voltage is 220 volts AC. Adapters are available through the concierge.