Northeastern AzerbaijanAzerbaijan, which includes the Şabran (ex Davachi), Qusar (Gusar), Quba (Guba), Siyazan, and Khachmaz (Xaçmaz or Khachmas) rayons.
Cities and towns
- – Its urban suburb is home to the largest Azerbaijani Jewish community in the mountains and is considered one of the largest Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union.
- (Xinaliq) – A scenic, remote and ancient mountain village, and the mountain of the same name nearby. Once a centre of Zoroastrianism; today the few inhabitants are an ethnic isolate believed to be descendants of the Caucasus Albanians (unrelated to modern-day Albanians of Albania).
- – A cozy mountain village with waterfall and nearby ski complex.
- (Xaçmaz, Khachmas) – It is considered a very popular tourist destination for the combination of a warm summer climate, woods along the sea and clean golden beaches.
- (Nebran) – Nabran is rich in many recreational facilities offering a wide range of services: luxury accommodations, sports activities, children's camps and music entertainment venues.
- (Xudat) – A base for excursions to the famous beaches and resorts of the Nabran area.
- – Located in the Grand Caucasus mountainous system, close to the border with Russia.
- (ex Davachi) – In 2010 it became the name of a historic medieval town with the same name as a port 15 km further north.
- (Siyəzən) – The capital of the Siazan region.
Note, prices to Nabran, Khudat and Khachmaz can be more expensive in the summer.
- Azerbaijan has a well developed bus system between the local city and village terminals.
- Drivers are commonly friendly with backpackers and road trippers, so auto-stop is equally an option to travel within the region.
Beshbarmaq Dash / Beş BarmaqHugh vertical rocks which look spectacular in the landscape. It's a 1 h hike from the main road, however you can also get very close to the stairs by car on a mud/dirt road. Hiking, you also have to take this road because there is a water channel around the mountain not allowing you to walk straight from the highway up the mountain. At last, the stairs take you up to the nearly top, where you can find a mosque, prayer room and incredible views into the Caucasus and the Caspian coast.
Candy Cane MountainsA range of mountains/hills famous for its picturesque red and white layers and the numerous belemnites (millions of years old squid-like fossils) from the Cretaceous period.
- Caspian Sea
- Hiking in the Caucasus Mountains.
Khinalig (3713 m)A 10-15 km hike up from the ancient village with the same name.
- The best beaches and resorts along the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan.