All the conditions for active recreation are created in this region: from hiking to extreme ascents to the mountains and climbing through frozen waterfalls. An unforgettable experience is guaranteed by excursions through the mountains and valleys of Shirvan with murmuring streams and granite blocks of the most diverse and unusual shapescattered everywhere, like giant toys.



The Ismayilli region, located to the north of the country, was part of Caucasian Albania since IV c. B.C. Here, on the top of the highest mountain there are ruins of a medieval fortress. Its creation is associated with the name Dzhavanshir, the ruler of Caucasian Albania (VII century).

The most famous and important historical monument of this area is the Maiden Tower (VII-XII centuries) – a defensive structure located on the top of the steep mountain near the village Khanagah.

Besides the Azeries here also live other nations and ethnic groups. For example in the well known in Azerbaijan Ivanovka village live Molokan descendants resettled here from Russia.  And in the village of Lahij located on the bank of Girdimanchay at 1200 meters above sea level live Tats.

«Lahijcopperart»,aswellastheartofproducingkyalagaiisincludedinthe UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage .


Shemakha is an ancient city of Azerbaijan, capital of the kingdom of Shirvan residence of Shirvanshahs and one of the most beautiful cities of the East, a homeland of Khagani, Nasimi, M. A. Sabir. From the middle of XVIII century it was the centre of Shemakhan Khanate.

The unique nature, mild climate and mineral springs provide this district with special beauty. One of the favorite by mountain climbers peaks, Badabag, is located here.

The most favorite place of pilgrimage for tourists is the settlement Pirkuli which is located  at the distance of 22 km from the centre of the district at an altitude of 1400 m. There are all conditions for skiing in winter and summer riding. 

The biggest astrophysical observatory in Azerbaijan and in Caucasus is also in the village Pirkuli. Obseratory named by NasreddinTusi is equipped  with modern facilities and with one of the largest  in the CIS telescope with a mirror of 2 m by diameter.


The Alpine settlement Lahij located in Ismayilli region of Azerbaijan is an original monument of antique urban and architectural art. It is believed that the legendary Manomakh’s cap, worn by Russian tsars for many centuries, was made here. Lahij became especially famous for manufacturing knives and copper utensils, decorated with engraved designs.