Shahdag’s wild thrillsand placid pauses
Step into the untamed beauty of Shahdag National Park, an awe-inspiring territory that stretches across over 130,000 hectares of Azerbaijan's varied landscapes. Established in 2006, this ecological sanctuary protects an array of endangered and endemic species, offering an incredible opportunity to experience nature at its purest. Adventure seekers can traverse the mountains on hiking trails and discover ethnic villages such as Laza. Those seeking serenity can find respite in sweeping grasslands and tranquil forests, composed of a wonderful mixture of trees, including Iberian and oriental oaks, pistachio and Caucasian hornbeam.
The park’s biodiversity does not end there. It brims with a staggering range of flora and fauna, including a wealth of bird species and mammals, like the roe deer, wild boar, brown bear, jackal and forest cat. Look out for those listed in Azerbaijan’s ‘Red Book’ of protected species, like the lynx, kestrel and legendary golden eagle! A visit to Shahdag National Park is not merely a sightseeing tour, it is a dive into nature's grand narrative.