southern route

from semi-deserts to lush forests

To truly experience Azerbaijan’s natural diversity, head south to Lankaran, Lerik and Astara to a land of hot springs, nature reserves and the majestic Talysh Mountains. The local cuisine is pretty great too – don't leave without trying dishes like fish lavangi or parcha-dosheme plov and enjoy endless cups of freshly grown Azerbaijani tea.

southern routegateway to the subtropics

Enjoy citrus, tea, mountains, sea… and learn the secrets of longevity 

Bordered by the Caspian Sea and the lush Talysh Mountains, the Lankaran region’s countryside is diverse and eye-catching. The zone is home to two protected areas, the Gizil Aghaj Reserve and the Hirkan National Park, offering a surprising variety of vistas for such a small area – you can journey between dramatic mountains, calm seaside and ancient forests all within the space of just a few hours. What's more, with the curative black sands of Caspian-lapped beaches, aromatic tea, fragrant citrus fruits and a number of hot springs, this subtropical corner of Azerbaijan is naturally therapeutic.

Climate

Climate

The southern region has a humid subtropical climate and rainfall is high due to the proximity of sea and mountains. 26% of this region is covered by lush forests. Expect hot, humid summers and mild winters by the coast and cooler temperatures in the mountains.

Natural resources

Natural resources

This region is rich in thermal and mineral waters. The humid subtropical climate, fertile soils and high rainfall provide great opportunities for agriculture, and the national parks abound with rare flora and fauna.

Accessibility

Accessibility

There is an international airport in Lankaran as well as a railway between Baku and Astara. A smooth highway goes to Lankaran and Astara and daily buses from Baku's International Bus Station go to each town and city. Taxis and shared cars are available.

Economy

Economy

Agriculture is the lifeblood of this region, which is famous for its citrus, tea and rice production. The vast majority of Azerbaijani tea is grown in Masalli, Lankaran and Astara. Fishing, viticulture and tourism also play an important role in the local economy.

where to goin the southern route

Baku
Baku

Baku

Walk around this UNESCO-protected site surrounded by 12th-century walls and discover the many cool things this marvellous old town has to offer. More

Lankaran
Lankaran

Lankaran

If you love nature you should visit Lankaran, region wedged between the Caspian Sea and the lush Talysh Mountains; a place with unique natural diversity. More

Lerik
Lerik

Lerik

Mentioned by some historical writers, Lerik is blessed with nature so pure and peaceful it’s no wonder that it is known as the Land of Centenarians. More

what to doin the southern route

Discover Gobustan's ancient rock art
Discover Gobustan's ancient rock art
Arts, culture and heritage

Discover Gobustan's ancient rock art

Uncover an astonishing collection of over 6,000 ancient petroglyphs charting ways of life dating back... More

Explore Lankaran's nature reserves
Explore Lankaran's nature reserves
National parks

Explore Lankaran's nature reserves

The swamps of the Gizil Aghaj and the Hirkan National Park are two wonderful natural... More

Health & wellness experiences in Lankaran
Health & wellness experiences in Lankaran
Health & wellness

Health & wellness experiences in Lankaran

Nestled between the Caspian Sea and the Talysh Mountains, Lankaran has plenty of natural beauty.... More

Learn the secrets to a long and healthy life in Lerik
Learn the secrets to a long and healthy life in Lerik
Arts, culture and heritage

Learn the secrets to a long and healthy life in Lerik

Lerik is a town and region sometimes called 'the land of centenarians'. And there's a... More

Explore Baku's Old City
Explore Baku's Old City
Arts, culture and heritage

Explore Baku's Old City

Walk around this UNESCO-protected site surrounded by 12th-century walls and discover all the amazing things... More

Stroll through Baku’s oil-boom architecture
Stroll through Baku’s oil-boom architecture
German heritage

Stroll through Baku’s oil-boom architecture

Discover old Baku’s oil industry architecture, its details, buildings and the secrets behind them. Does... More

Stroll along Caspian seaside  boulevard
Stroll along Caspian seaside boulevard
Family holidays

Stroll along Caspian seaside boulevard

There is no better way to feel freedom and wellness than by strolling along the... More

Shopping: boutiques & bazaars in Baku
Shopping: boutiques & bazaars in Baku

Shopping: boutiques & bazaars in Baku

Baku has the perfect combination of international shops, fashion boutiques and traditional stores and bazaars.... More

Play golf in Baku
Play golf in Baku
Outdoor Activities

Play golf in Baku

What more can a golf lover ask for than a challenging course and stunning scenery?... More

Visit Baku's Carpet Museum
Visit Baku's Carpet Museum
Carpet

Visit Baku's Carpet Museum

Situated on Baku's Seaside Boulevard, the Carpet Museum is home to the largest collection of... More

Dining in Baku
Dining in Baku

Dining in Baku

Baku offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars, from the traditional options to the... More

Learn the legacy of ancient fire worshippers
Learn the legacy of ancient fire worshippers
History and Local Lore Museums

Learn the legacy of ancient fire worshippers

Discover the incredible story of Azerbaijan’s ancient fire worshippers. Visit the Ateshgah Fire Temple and... More

Enjoy the Caspian sea & beaches
Enjoy the Caspian sea & beaches

Enjoy the Caspian sea & beaches

From water sports to romantic afternoons and lively evening parties, the sandy Caspian beaches around... More

Explore Baku's mud volcanoes
Explore Baku's mud volcanoes

Explore Baku's mud volcanoes

Discover why the landscape around Baku is fulfilled by mud volcanoes, how are they formed... More

Kick back on black-sand beaches in Lankaran
Kick back on black-sand beaches in Lankaran
Family holidays

Kick back on black-sand beaches in Lankaran

Lankaran is situated on the coast of the Caspian Sea and has several beautiful beaches... More

Join tea and citrus plantation tours in Lankaran
Join tea and citrus plantation tours in Lankaran
Family holidays

Join tea and citrus plantation tours in Lankaran

Lankaran has the perfect environmental conditions to host tea an citrus plantation. Take a tour... More

Enjoy history and culture in Lankaran
Enjoy history and culture in Lankaran
Arts, culture and heritage

Enjoy history and culture in Lankaran

With exhibits spanning from the Bronze Age to the Talysh Khanate and World War II,... More

Uncover Jewish traces in Baku
Uncover Jewish traces in Baku
Arts, culture and heritage

Uncover Jewish traces in Baku

Since the early 1800s, Baku has been home to a vibrant community of Ashkenazi Jews.... More

Relax at Baku’s traditional hammams
Relax at Baku’s traditional hammams

Relax at Baku’s traditional hammams

Discover centuries-old hammams like Agha Mikayil, Akhund and Tezebay to rejunevate in the traditional way:... More

Horse riding in Baku
Horse riding in Baku
Family holidays

Horse riding in Baku

Horse riding and polo are truly royal experiences Baku can offer. Spend an active and... More

Gutab-making masterclasses
Gutab-making masterclasses
Food, drinks and nightlife

Gutab-making masterclasses

If you're in Baku and keen to uncover local culinary secrets then don't miss the... More

From Village to City market
From Village to City market

From Village to City market

Baku's Kendden Shehere (From Village to City) market is a great place to visit to sample the best... More

Visit Yashil Bazaar for a world of aromas
Visit Yashil Bazaar for a world of aromas

Visit Yashil Bazaar for a world of aromas

Baku's Yashil Bazaar is one of the largest food bazaars in the Caucasus. Enter it... More

Take a wine bar crawl
Take a wine bar crawl

Take a wine bar crawl

Baku's growing number of wine bars are a great place to soak up the local... More

Tours of the Marandi winery
Tours of the Marandi winery

Tours of the Marandi winery

Visiting the Marandi Winery is a great half-day adventure from Baku and a unique opportunity... More

Experience Lankaran’s rich local cuisine
Experience Lankaran’s rich local cuisine
Food, drinks and nightlife

Experience Lankaran’s rich local cuisine

Travellers in search of Azerbaijan's gastronomic delights should definitely visit Lankaran, where you'll find an... More

Culinary masterclasses – lavangi and pumpkin pilaf
Culinary masterclasses – lavangi and pumpkin pilaf
Food, drinks and nightlife

Culinary masterclasses – lavangi and pumpkin pilaf

If you're looking for great gastronomical experiences in Azerbaijan, the southern region of Lankaran is... More

Browse the home of Azerbaijani fine arts
Browse the home of Azerbaijani fine arts
Art and Culture Museums

Browse the home of Azerbaijani fine arts

Discover an oil-boom mansion packed with a wealth of art spanning multiple centuries and geographic... More

Admire the curves and collections of the Heydar Aliyev Centre
Admire the curves and collections of the Heydar Aliyev Centre
Art and Culture Museums

Admire the curves and collections of the Heydar Aliyev Centre

Explore the wide range of art collections and exhibitions of the Heydar Aliyev Centre, then... More

Snap a photo of the Flame Towers
Snap a photo of the Flame Towers
Arts, culture and heritage

Snap a photo of the Flame Towers

The trio of skyscrapers named the Flame Towers are one of the top architectural wonders... More

Shop and socialise in the Port Baku area
Shop and socialise in the Port Baku area
Arts, culture and heritage

Shop and socialise in the Port Baku area

If you love going out to eat or shop and are looking for an upmarket... More

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Dağlar qoynunda sərgüzəştlər
Dağlar qoynunda sərgüzəştlər

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