Winter in Azerbaijan
Every year, more and more foreign tourists visiting Azerbaijan in December endeavor to be in the historic area Sheki where at the end of the year offers a unique equestrian tournaments and competitions. One of the most popular is Chovgan - ancient Azerbaijani game competition of riders. Judging by the interest shown to these tournaments in many regions of the country, we can talk about the revival of the national project of the elite game, royal noble eastern version of polo.
Winter in Azerbaijan is a lovely season of local food lovers and culinary surprises. Precisely in the cold times it is good to eat a hot amber broth - hash (aspic) of beef feet which is preparing for the night on a low flame or hot dushbara (national dumplings) afternoon and evening, rosy meat pie - fijim from sheep pulp, roasted onions, minced garlic, pepper and dried herbs, baked in dough, as well as delicious and tender piti in clay pots. This transparent fragrant soup flavored with saffron, served with pepper, sumac, mint, tomatoes or chestnuts.
What a winter without seafood? Generous Caspian is able to meet the most biased demands of judges of magnificent assortment of fish dishes that will be offered by many of the restaurants of the capital and regions. Sturgeon sauce “Absheron” with tomatoes and cheese, stuffed salmon, lamprey in a hot frying pan and fried on its own fat, kutum (Black sea roach) with raisins and nuts baked in the oven or tendir, fish kebabs and balyk ...
Would you like to enjoy a frosty succulent oranges, fresh lemons and tangerines which are served to the table in Azerbaijan through the winter? These fragrant citrus always give a sense of the holiday, and, are cheaper than in other countries.
In general, in Absheron Peninsula, where the Baku is situated, the winter is moderate with average temperatures of 4-6 degrees. But if you want to enjoy all the delights of winter holiday in Azerbaijan, then snow paradise awaits you in the mountains Gusar and Guba regions, unique summer and winter sports and tourist complex “Shahdag» (www.shahdag.az). This mountain resort which second to none in the Caucasus worthy of the best epithets. You can hold international competitions in winter sports, as well as a vacation any time of year! On the territory of about 2,000 hectares are built five luxury hotels, chalets and cottages in the eastern style, laid ski tracks, a ski school, ski lifts, snowmaking system ... even orchards and trout streams! At the top of the mountain Shahdag, at 2,500 meters, there will be built a revolvable restaurant which can be reached only by cableways. The Complex receives its first guests in 2013. Here, in a clear winter day in the vicinity of Laza village, Gusar you can make interesting excursions to several icy waterfalls.
Obviously holiday fairs organized for celebrating the Day of Solidarity of the World Azerbaijanis on December 31, and New Year, are of great interest and most of the best restaurants of the capital are full of people, because the space is booked in advance! And the regions successfully hold Tea Holiday, usually in the towns of arts and crafts, as is customary in Lankaran, in southern part of Azerbaijan. Numerous guests gladly buy flavored products of local and foreign tea factories, take part in the tasting of this fine drink, as well as competitions, where winners are awarded with valuable prizes.
Among winter surprises of Azerbaijan, of course, is the famous music festival named after Mstislav Rostropovich. This international festival is organized every year by the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, Ms. Mehriban Aliyeva in Baku. It is like a real celebration of music, which is attended by world-famous artists and musical groups. More details about the festival can be found on the official website of the Foundation of M.L.Rostropovich, at address: www.rostropovitch.ru/baku.html