SOUTH REGION

Lankaran-Astara region is located in the south of Azerbaijan, and is known as a subtropical region with exceptionally picturesque nature, rich in plant and animal life. Girkan National Park and the Gizilagach Reserve are located on its territory. Surrounded by thickets of reeds, the sea bay at the mouth of the Kura attracts the attention of migrating birds in spring and autumn.

 

Lankaran

Lankaran is located in the south-eastern part of Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea. This is one of the brightest and most beautiful cities in the country. Exquisite architecture, a wonderful climate and beautiful natural landscapes are the hallmarks of this city. 

Part of the population of the district are Talish, who preserved their ancient traditions and customs.

The subtropical climate of Lankaran region is ideal for growing citrus fruits, rice, grapes, tobacco. Great attention is given to the production of Lankaran tea. 

Hirkan National Park (the habitat of the Asiatic leopard) and Gizilagaj Reserve are partially located on the territory of Lenkoran and are of considerable interest for eco-tourism enthusiasts.

There are plenty of historical attractions in Lankaran and among them the most attractive is Lankaran Fortress, to be more exact its fragments remained. 

 

Lerik

Lerik ideally fits those tourists who want to be away from civilization, to have a breath of fresh mountain air and enjoy the view of the majestic mountains, rapid rivers and noisy waterfalls. Lerik is reasonably reputed as a homeland of long-livers.  

Popular natural recreational zones in Lerik are Byulyudyul (20 km from the centre of the district) and Zyarigala (17 km). There are springs with delicious water there. In the woods and along the banks of Lerik river are all conditions for hunting wild boar, hare, fox, grouses and ducks. Leopards live in hard of access parts of mountain forests. 

 

Masalli

Masalli region, located in the south of Azerbaijan, 270 km away from the capital city is known for its subtropical climate, azure beaches on the coast of the Caspian Sea and the abundance of hot springs, the most famous of which is Istisu.

Thermal mineral spring Istisu (literally "hot water") has long been a place of pilgrimage for people suffering from rheumatism and other musculoskeletal and skin diseases. 

 

Astara

One part of the territory is Talysh Mountains, and another part is plains. Astara city is surrounded by rice paddies. High in the mountains, Astarachay and Tengerud River originate and flow into the Caspian Sea.

More than 37,000 hectares of the area are covered by the forests which have the relict woods. Hirkan National Park is located in the Astara region, along with Lankaran, and it’s a place where the population of the Asiatic leopard is preserved.