Azerbaijan is a land of contrasts. While it is occupies just 33,436 square miles, visitors will be delighted by the opportunity to explore 9 unique climatic zones including Alpine terrain, steppes, rugged mountain ranges, glaciers and subtropical regions. With 21 nature preserves, 5 national parks, it is a nature lover's paradise.
As it occupies both Asia and Europe, this part of Eurasia was a pivotal crossroad between East and West on the ancient Silk Road trade route. In fact, civilization in this area dates back to the late Stone Age. Despite its historical significance and the fact that it is one of the world's fastest growing economies, Azerbaijan is still uncharted territory for most people in the West.
The Republic of Azerbaijan, which was part of the USSR from 1920 –1991, is bordered by the Caspian Sea to the east, Iran to the south, the Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia to the north and Armenia and Turkey to the west.
International visitors arrive in Baku, the capital, at Heydar Aliyev International Airport which is served by major airlines with direct flights from the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Corporate groups can enjoy mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, horse riding, fishing and beach activities. Popular local activities include futsal (a type of football), martial arts, backgammon, and chess, a legacy of the Soviet era.
In Baku, visitors will want to explore the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Major attractions include Taghiyev History Museum, the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the National Carpet Museum. In Sheki, history buffs will want to explore the Khan's Palace
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