Azerbaijan is known to the whole world as a “Country of Lights”. The etymology of the word Azerbaijan dates back to the ancient times. Long time ago, even before our era, the people who occupied the territory of the country were Zoroastrians ( Fire Worshipers ). According to this version, the name of the country came out from the word “Azer” which means fire in translation from Persian language. According to other version, the name of country is combination of two words “Az” which means brave and “Er” young man.
Nowadays, Azerbaijan is rapidly developing country with a population more than nine thousand people. It offers variety of options for any type of tourism.
Azerbaijan as a country with a huge cultural heritage, rich history, traditions and folklore is one of the interesting directions of cultural tourism. There are number of historical monuments, that are included into World UNESCO Heritage. Furthermore, authentic beauty of this areas in combination with amazing architectural sights offer unforgettable impressions for travelers.
As we have stated earlier the beautiful nature, majestic mountains of Azerbaijan offer number of options for adventure tourism. More than half of the territory of Azerbaijan is covered by mountains, that belong to the Greater Caucasus system in the North (the greater Caucasus ridges with Bazarduzu peak, 4480 m, and Side with Shahdag peak, 4250 m) and the Lesser Caucasus in the West and South-West. For the highlands of the greater Caucasus are occupied by glaciers and turbulent mountain rivers, the Midlands are occupied by deep gorges. So, there are great options for hiking/trekking tours in Azerbaijan.
According to the composition and variety of dishes, Azerbaijan cuisine is among the extremely tasty and healthy cuisine. Residents of Azerbaijan prefer meat dishes made of poultry, lamb or beef. Special attention is paid to fish it is baked in a tandoor, smoked or grilled. Numerous spices give each dish a unique taste. Azerbaijan people use a lot of vegetables, fruits and herbs, mainly chestnuts, quince, grapes, cherry plum in preparation of any dish. Potatoes, carrots and beets are used less frequently. In dishes add a lot of fresh herbs: onions, basil, parsley, cilantro. Spicy herbs, revered by local chefs give the dishes a special taste. Tarragon, mint, saffron, coriander and knotweed are often used in the preparation of various dishes.
Before the main meal, local people drink tea, mainly black tea. It has long been a tradition in Azerbaijan: immediately upon arrival of guests the host serves tea. The advantage of this tradition is that the tea party in the crowded table companies sets relaxed communication. Tea in Azerbaijan is a symbol of warm hospitality.
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