The Guba-Khachmaz region is located in the northeast of Azerbaijan. Travelling here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy relaxing in some of the country's most picturesque spots. You can take a tour of the Chyrag Gala fortress, visit the high mountain village of Khinalig, whose population is a unique and separate ethnic group, and if you are a winter sports enthusiast don't miss the state-of-the-art ski resort near Mount Shahdag.
Due to its convenient location and sound infrastructure, the Guba region is one of Azerbaijan’s most popular tourist destinations. Visitors have long chosen the shady woods of Gechresh as a place to relax, while there's also the Tangaalti Gorge and the famous Afurdzhi waterfall, listed in the Monuments of Azerbaijani Nature List. The region boasts a unique mountain village known as Khinalig, located at over 2,000 metres above sea level. The village's population is a separate ethnic group with its own language, customs and culture - a unique place and well worth a visit! Guba is also famous for its apples which have long been a symbol of the region. Over 40 different varieties of apples are grown here.
Gusar is often called the 'Northern Gates' of Azerbaijan, and with good reason as it borders with the Republic of Dagestan in the Russian Federation. Four of the nine climate zones existing in Azerbaijan are present across the territory of the Gusar region where the year-round Shahdag tourist complex has become a major highlight. Functioning as an ultra-modern ski resort in winter and a recreational resort in summer, it lies in the picturesque foothills of the stunning Caucasus Mountains.
Khachmaz is in the northwest of the country and covers the greater part of the Samur–Davachi lowlands. In the north, the district borders with Dagestan in Russia. The Khachmaz region is famous for its coastal resort area – Nabran. It is rich flora and fauna and a popular location for hunting and fishing. The Samur-Yalama National Park is also located here.
The Village of Khinalig
This picturesque village is located at over 2,000 metres above sea level and it is said to be connected with the story of Noah: according to legend, when Noah saw this high, flat terrain, he dropped anchor and told everyone to leave the Ark. There are about 380 houses between 200-300 years old. Since the slopes here are very steep, the houses are built very close together, the roof of one house acting as the courtyard for the one located above. The locals are descendants of one of the tribes of Caucasian Albania and they speak a completely unique language. Khinalig village is known not just for these ancient traditions, but also, apparently, for the fact that Bigfoot has been sighted here... Watch out!