Where is it: Azerbaijan is located in southwestern Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Russia, with a small European portion north of the Caucasus range.
Why do people go here: Azerbaijan is known for its embroidered textiles. Once part of the Great Silk Route, there are numerous historical sites of interest. The Temple of the Fireworshippers, medieval castles and neolithic rock drawings are all popular draws for tourists.
What are the main entry points: Flying into Baku is recommended as train travel is limited and subject to both delays and robberies.
Currency used: Azerbaijani manat
Country Code for Phones: 994
Area codes for Major Cities: Baku 12
Religion: Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8%
Population: 9 million
Ethnic Breakdown: Azeri 90%, Dagestani 3.2%, Russian 2.5%, Armenian 2%, other 2.3%
Languages: Azerbaijani (Azeri) 89%, Russian 3%, Armenian 2%, other 6%
Major Cities: Baku
Attractions: Bronze Age petroglyphs, carpets, Baku
Accomodation: Cheap Hotel Links
Tourism Office locations and links: Tel. No. +994 (12) 492 8713 or www.azerbaijan.tourism.az
Tips for Visiting
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Nabran, Baku, Small villages
Health Issues: Malaria can be found in the summer in the southern areas. Cases have been reported in the suburbs of the capital, Baku. Numerous terrorist bombings have occurred in the country in the past few years, especially along the Armanian border.
When to go: Avoid the winter season, as it is chilly and rainy. Also, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan occurs during this time, and may not be the best time for non-Muslims to visit.
Specific Events/Holidays: Founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaidzhan, 28 May (1918)
Getting Around: Private taxis are taken by most visitors in Baku as roads are in poor condition. Buses are the best way to get from city to city.
Good to know: Avoid travel near the Armenian border as terror attacks tend to occur in this region.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Azerbaijan is the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Azerbaijan travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.