Those who think that the Caspian Sea is only about oil exploitation are up for a pleasant surprise. The long, hot and rainless summers, warm sea and 713km of coastline scattered with sandy beaches make it a prefect destination for a summer break.
Some of the best spots for sunbathing are found in Absheron Peninsula just about 30km away from Baku, and among the most popular ones are beach clubs in Bilgah. There you will be able not only to top up your tan and have a dip in the Caspian Sea but also chill on the beach with a cold drink while listening to electro sounds played by some of the best Baku DJs.
Amburan is the newest beach club in Bilgah and at the moment also the most popular. If instead of baking on the beach you prefer to relax by the pool, make sure you go there early as later in the day you may not be able to find a free sun chair.
For a red carpet treatment head to Jumeirah hotel. Among many facilities the hotel offers fancy restaurants, aquapark, tennis courts and a luxury spa. Interestingly, you will find there as well the tallest chandelier in the world.
However, for a good beach experience you don’t even need to leave the capital. Tourists will find Shikhov, a beach situated in the outer suburb of Baku, particularly interesting as the view from the shore stretches over giant oil-rigs.
Novkhani beach is located only a few kilometers outside of Baku. The area is very popular with local families due to the proximity to AF Hotel & Aquapark.
Absheron National Park
For those not overly keen on sharing the beach with other people we recommend Absheron National Park. While sunbathing in the park isn’t allowed, the stretch of golden sand extends way beyond the park and the sea water is as clean as in the protected area.
Nabran is a sea resort located about three-hour car ride north from Baku. It was founded in 1900 by Russian colonists and it is believed that its name originated from the Russian word ”nabirat” (”to recruit”), which refers to the people recruited to the village by the order of the Russian Emperor to fish sturgeons for imperial cuisine. Fishing was the main activity of its residents up to the 1970s. Apart from views over the Caspian Sea and beautiful nature, the resort offers as well quality accommodation, spas and lots of entertainment for people of all ages.