In winter, the mountains of Azerbaijan transform into a white paradise, offering a magical experience for both those seeking adventure and those looking for a dose of rest and relaxation.
The Caucasus Mountains are just 3 hours away from Baku and offer a spectacular change of scenery for ski enthusiasts. Perched atop the pristine mountains of the Gusar region, Shahdag Mountain Resort has a range of high-class hotels, spas, restaurants, and an endless array of thrilling sports and leisure activities. The snow at Shahdag transforms it into one of the most stunning ski resorts in the Caucasus. The nearby charming village of Laza is famous for its storied waterfalls which freeze into ice falls during winter and become a popular site for ice climbing.
Further along the Caucasus Mountain chain, the scenery at Tufandag Mountain Resort in Gabala is equally enchanting. The complex, which can accommodate up to 3,000 people at a time, is well equipped with restaurants, cafes, bars, and recreation areas, as well as a ski school for children and adults. Like Shahdag, it also has several affordably luxurious hotels. And the Chalet Steak and Wine House, which can only be reached by cable car, is the highest restaurant in Azerbaijan. Here, you can enjoy a perfectly cooked steak alongside a glass of local wine and take in the superb views.
There are many other fabulous resorts and restaurants in Azerbaijan which are especially warm and cozy in winter. This is an excellent time to visit spas and hammams and top up your immune system with vitamin-packed fruits and jams from Azerbaijan’s diverse regions.
Winter is also a fantastic time for a weekend escape to Baku. Our dynamic capital is a city of striking culture and contrasts. Cafes, bars, and restaurants abound, as do museums, galleries, shops, and malls. Winters are cool but not freezing - perfect for exploring. And in the run-up to New Year, the city buzzes with festive lights and atmosphere, offering plenty of great photo opportunities.