Ski resorts in Azerbaijan attract more attention of tourists around the world. Many have already had time to appreciate the opportunity to relax at the resorts of European level at a relatively affordable price. In addition, the season of skiing in Azerbaijan lasts from November to April. If you want to know more about the ski resorts of Azerbaijan, then you should read this article!
- 1 General information
- 2 Shahdag resort
- 3 Where to settle in Shahdag?
- 4 Entertainment in the summer
- 5 Secrets Tufandag
- 6 Attractions Gabala
- 7 Benefits of relaxation in Azerbaijan
- 8 How to get there?
- 9 What should I bring with me?
- 10 Reviews
There are many resorts on the territory of Azerbaijan. The most popular are located in such cities as Naftalan, Gabala and Sheki, although this is not a complete list of all existing options. By the way, in Azerbaijan you can not only ski and rest in a five-star hotel, but also visit interesting excursions, seeing the sights of the country and the most unique monuments of nature.
In Azerbaijan, you can find resorts for both beginners and experienced athletes. Trails are equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable, safe stay. Well, the level of prices at the resorts is quite affordable for most residents of Russia.
Advice! Before you go to the resorts of Azerbaijan, check out the current exchange rate of the national currency - Azerbaijani manat. Of course, the prices at the resorts are quite loyal and are more affordable than in Europe. However, it is advisable to take a small stock of money: the country provides many opportunities for recreation, and you will most certainly want to try the national cuisine, visit numerous excursions and bring souvenirs to relatives!
Shahdag is considered the most popular Azerbaijani ski resort. For several years now he has been taking amateurs of active winter holidays from all over the world. By the way, Shahdag has the title of the most comfortable of all resorts in the country. It opened in 2013, quickly gaining fame not only one of the most comfortable places for recreation, but also a very budget resort, where you can go with the whole family, without breaking the gap in the budget.
It is located on Mount Shahdag, which is located near the city called Gusar.
What is remarkable about the ski resort in Azerbaijan Shahdag? The fact is that nature itself has taken care of creating ideal conditions for winter recreation. One of the most picturesque places in the Caucasus, where the air is clean, and the landscapes can be admired forever, will gladly welcome guests from all over the world.
The resort has 12 ski slopes. On the slopes there are lifts of European manufacture. The resort has 5 hotels. Parking, medical centers, ski school: what else do you need to get a lot of new experiences and relax from everyday routine?
Tip! If you have never gone skiing and are afraid that you will feel insecure on the road, feel free to go to Azerbaijan. At all resorts there are schools where experienced instructors teach beginners all the tricks of skiing. Tourists say that you can learn skiing in one day, and by the end of the holiday you will feel like a real athlete, who can tackle any, even the steepest route! Where to settle in Shahdag?
Naturally, before you go on vacation, you need to choose the right hotel. All hotels in Azerbaijan fully comply with the highest world standards. However, whatever you choose ski resorts in Azerbaijan, prices will certainly be much lower than in Europe and even in Russia.
The choice will not be easy: each hotel is located in a picturesque place and has its own features and unique design.
Many tourists prefer to stay in "Zirve" Hotel. Despite the fact that the hotel has only three stars, the conditions here will appeal to even the most choosy visitors. Guests can enjoy the services of ski instructors, a minibar, and free parking. In addition, the hotel operates a restaurant where you can taste Caucasian and European cuisine.
The most modern Shahdag hotel is considered by many as "Shahdag Spa Hotel".The hotel is decorated in a traditional Azerbaijani style and provides everything necessary for a comfortable family vacation. You can take advantage of the indoor spa pool, go on a bike trip and book a massage. If you are traveling with children, they can spend time in the Shahdang Spa Hotel on the playground or get some skiing lessons in a special children's school.
Tip! The earlier you book a room in a hotel, the cheaper it will cost you. Therefore, you should consider your vacation in advance.
Entertainment in the summer
Shahdagh - a place where you can relax not only in winter but in summer. After all, here you can have fun in giant inflatable castles, ride a quad bike, practice Scandinavian walking or orienteering.
In summer, the following types of outdoor activities are offered to tourists:
- mountain biking;
- special ATVs for children;
- a game of paintball;
- walks in the mountains on horseback;
- an opportunity to make hikes through the mountains.
Tip! Direct flights to Azerbaijan depart from Moscow. Think about the route of the trip in advance, so as not to waste time and save on flights. By the way, the earlier you book a plane ticket, the cheaper it will cost you: the same rule applies to hotels.
Tufandag Resort opened just three years ago. It is located near the ancient capital of Caucasian Albania - the city of Gabala.
Here you will find everything you need for a person who is keen on alpine skiing. Comfortable hotels, the opportunity to rent skis, numerous cozy cafes. Also you can visit the tour of the city of Gabala and learn the history of this amazing place.
Tufandag equipped with special snow cannons that make riding more comfortable. The resort's safety system is thought through to the smallest detail: you can be sure that you will not get injured during the most extreme descent.
Tip! The city of Gabala, which can be visited in Azerbaijan during a holiday in a ski resort - a real paradise for a photo artist. It is located in one of the most picturesque places of Azerbaijan, so you can make a number of stunning pictures if you want. Do not forget to take the camera on vacation.
If you want to not only skiing, but also feel the national color of Azerbaijan, you should go on a trip to Gabala. Here you can see a lot of architectural monuments, try the best dishes of national cuisine and buy souvenirs. It is interesting that Gabala is sometimes called Azerbaijani Switzerland. And it is not surprising: clean rivers, lakes and mountain ranges can not leave indifferent any guest of the resort of Tufandag and the city of Gabala.
The city was founded more than two thousand years ago. Here you can see the ancient tombs of the sheikhs of Badraddin and Mansur, the Albanian temple, museums and theaters. Experienced tourists recommend to devote at least one day to visiting Gabala: this city will surely give you a lot of new impressions!
way, tourists who come to Azerbaijan with the children, draw the opportunity to visit an amusement park, open from early morningAnd until night.
Tip! If you are keen on mountaineering, you should definitely visit Gabala, because this is where one of the most famous tourist routes operates. You can make an ascent to Bazarduzu Mountain to test your strength and enjoy the views that open from the top of the mountain. By the way, there is another unique route for tourists, which repeats the path Alexander Dumas made during his visit to the Caucasus.
Benefits of relaxation in Azerbaijan
Why it is worth to give up expensive holidays in Europe and go exactly to Azerbaijan? Here are the main reasons:
- all the resorts are located in convenient places, from where you can easily reach the major cities;
- vacation will cost you inexpensively: you can not deny yourself anything;
- resorts are equipped with everything you need: you can not worry about your own safety and the safety of your children;
- route passes through the most picturesque places in the Caucasus: you will be able to enjoy not only downhill, but also stunning scenery;
- residents are hospitable: you'll feel at home, no matter where you are;
- Azerbaijan is famous for its delicious cuisine: every day you will be able to discover new and new specialties.
Advice! In winter, the average temperature in resorts is -10 to -20 degrees. Consider this when choosing clothes that you take with you to the resort.
How to get there?
The easiest way to get to the capital of the country is by air. Flights regularly make flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg. After arriving in Baku, you can reach the selected resort using a shuttle bus or taxi.
There are routes with transfers in Astana, Kazan and Minsk. If you try to track the most profitable offers on the websites of airlines, you can save on the flight.
direct flight cost is $ 150.
Tip! You can not take a taxi directly to the resort. However, local residents offer tourists to take them on an off-road vehicle to the foot of Shahdag for a very reasonable price. Particularly relevant, this proposal becomes if the roads are icing.
What to bring?
Naturally, going on vacation, you must think about what to take with you. After all, it is important not only to collect all the necessary things, but also not to carry an extra load.
You will definitely need:
- documents( passports, birth certificates of children, driving license);
- personal care items. Of course, most hotels provide visitors with shampoo, shower gel and toothpaste. However, if you have any special preferences, it is advisable to stock up on everything you need in advance;
- warm clothes. In advance, find out what the weather will be in the place chosen by you on the days of your vacation;
- camera or video camera. You certainly want to capture all the beauty of the winter Azerbaijani mountains!
You should definitely take your medical insurance policy with you. In addition, despite the fact that all health resorts have medical facilities, elastic bandages, antiseptic and stretch ointment will not be superfluous.
Tip! If you are planning to take valuables with you on vacation, choose a hotel that provides safe for visitors!
If you are interested in the ski resorts of Azerbaijan, the reviews will help you make the final decision:
Tatyana: Visited Shahdag in the year of its discovery. We were completely satisfied with the quality of service at the hotel and the equipment of the trails. Well, about the kitchen, which happened to taste in this place, you can write a real poem.
Alevtina: The most pleasant thing is the opportunity to go on holiday with children. There are all necessary: playgrounds, special trails for the smallest. We will definitely come again!
Daria: They got used to go to Europe for rest, but, alas, a crisis broke out. We paid attention to the ski resorts of Azerbaijan and did not regret it. Sparkling snow, clean air, magnificent views. Now we do not understand why we did not come here before.
Svetlana: I would like to praise the hotel Zirve. Despite the three stars, the conditions are the best. Buffet, comfortable rooms, beautiful views from the window. I liked it so much that I left with tears in my eyes.