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Gabala

Distance from Baku

225 km

Population

97,2 thsd person

How to get to

Auto transportation: buses Baku - Gabala  

Gabala is one of the most beautiful parts of Azerbaijan with a rich and ancient history. Some time in the past (for 600 years) this city (Kabala) was the capital of Caucasian Albania. Up to the present time there are the ruins of the ancient city and the main gate of Caucasian Albania. Ongoing excavations near the village Chukhur confirm that Gabala from IV – III centuries BC and up to the XVIII century was one of the major cities with developed trade and crafts.

There is a great variety of historical and cultural monuments of different eras in this region: the Albanian church of IV-VIII centuries in Amili village, tombs of Sheikh Badraddin and Sheikh Mansur  of XV century in Hazra village, mosque of XIX century in Bum village and others.

The abundance of attractions, beautiful nature and well developed infrastructure attract thousands of tourists. Three 5 star complexes Gafgaz for accommodation of up to 1000 guests were opened near the city. There are also a small family hotels, several tourist camps and recreation areas where you can comfortably relax in the open air.

Some of the local beauty: the so called Russian forest, river valleys, the famous chestnut forest, numerous picturesque villages Vyandam, Gyamarvan, Engidzha, mountainous village of Laza where since not long time ago tourists can get even riding a quad bike provided by hotel Gafgaz.
This very village is famous for its culinary delights and here they make "dashsarasy kebab", literally – kebab between stones. This is when the meat pre-seasoned in the leaves of mint lay between the stones (not simple but mountain stones only) and in a special way is roasted over the fire.

The Nidj village that is about 20 km from Gabala has also gained fame. There live Udins – the direct descendants of ancient Caucasian Albanians.

Flora and fauna of the district are extraordinary rich: in the woods and mountain pastures can be found noble deer and mountain tours, wild boar, hare, bears, wolves, foxes and numerous birds – pheasant, grouse, francolin, etc. The abundance of game in the season attracts many hunters.
It is interesting to know that there are growing white cucumbers which have become local endemic. This vegetable resembling  more zucchini can be found only in Gabala.

In Gabala at the area of 16 hectares is located the largest amusement park under the open sky in Azerbaijan – Gabaland. Visitors are provided with family, kids and extreme kinds of attractions, ice arena, carting, sports fields, XD theatre, convenient parking, great food in restaurants and cafes.

The town also hosts an annual international music festival of classical music, jazz and mugham, which is attended by bands and artists from around the world. And every two years within its limits is held a contest of piano art. Not surprisingly that exactly in Gabala is located a factory on piano manufacturing under the famous Dutch brand Beltman.

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