Azerbaijan is a former Soviet republic that lies on the Caspian Sea, in the Caucasus.
Until 1991, it was part of the Soviet Union, and ever since it became independent, travelers have increasingly started to visit this lesser-known country. The number of foreign visitors has nearly tripled in the last decade, to almost three million in 2018.
It shares borders with Russia and Georgia to the north, Armenia to the west, and Iran in the south.
It’s capital, Baku offers amazing architecture and traces of this country’s ancient history are visible with every step you take in this city.
This country that is neither in Europe nor in Asia offers geographical variety with mud volcanoes and the curious fire phenomena in the surrounding desert area, and if you move further, you will encounter rural villages surrounded by orchards in front of timeless Great Caucasus Mountains.
Such natural contrasts are a rarity and if you do visit Azerbaijan, though these wonders will amaze you, the warmth of its people is what will make you want to stay.