Best Time to Visit Azerbaijan

Ancient Maiden Tower in Baku Azerbaijan

Seasons and Weather

Azerbaijan’s climate is characterised by freezing winters and scorching summers, making spring and autumn the best seasons to visit. Although winters are milder along the Caspian Sea, you can expect sub-zero temperatures and snowfall towards the Caucasus Mountains. Fewer tourists visit Azerbaijan during the winter months. But those that do brave the icy temperatures are rewarded with very cheap rates for accommodation. Azerbaijan also offers ski resorts at Shahdag or Tufandag.

April to June is a great time to visit Azerbaijan, with clear, bright skies and pleasant temperatures. The lowlands are green and the mountains carpeted with wildflowers. These months are also a great time for exploring Azerbaijan’s cities and celebrating Novruz Bayrami, which is Azerbaijan’s New Year.

The summer months can get uncomfortably hot and humid in Azerbaijan, particularly in the capital city of Baku. If you’re visiting during these months, you may want to consider visiting resorts by the Caspian Sea such as Lankaran. Thanks to the cooler mountain temperatures, July can also be one of the best months to go trekking in the Caucasus.

While Azerbaijan is home to a majority Muslim population, the fasting month of Ramadan is unlikely to disrupt your travel plans. Unlike in other Islamic nations in regions such as the Middle East, restaurants, cafes and bars tend to open as normal.

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Upcoming events

To help you plan your trip to Azerbaijan, here's an overview of the festivals and events taking place in 2019 and 2020:

2019:

18th-27th October - International Baku Jazz Festival
Dates TBC - Pomegranate Festival
Dates TBC - Chovgan

2019:

March 20th - Novruz Bayrami
Dates TBC - Azerbaijan Grand Prix

There's also a number of national holidays in Azerbaijan which may affect opening hours so bear these in mind when planning your visit.

Festivals and Events

Alongside its fascinating cities and stunning scenery, Azerbaijan offers several unique festivals and events. To give you a deeper insight into Azerbaijan’s culture, here we’ve taken a closer look at what’s on offer.

When is Novruz Bayrami?

Celebrated towards the end of March, Novruz Bayrami marks the Persian New Year and the arrival of spring. Festivities take place across the country, although the largest of them is in Icheri Seher, the old city of Baku. The build up actually begins around one month before the festival, with each of the four Tuesdays before Novruz Bayrami dedicated to the four elements - water, fire, earth and wind. On the last Tuesday, it's a popular tradition to light bonfires and jump over them seven times. This is believed to purify the soul and release your sins before the start of the New Year. On the day itself, visitors can enjoy street performers, music and lots of traditional cuisine.

What is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

First held in 2016, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is F1’s newest race. The circuit is located right in the heart of Baku, with many long straights lending it the title of the ‘fastest street circuit in the world’. The circuit also passes close to the main promenade by the Caspian Sea and includes a very narrow section next to the old city walls. This race is not only thrilling for F1 fans, but highlights Azerbaijan’s rise as an up and coming sporting destination.

What happens at the International Baku Jazz Festival?

For 10 days each year, the International Baku Jazz Festival celebrates Azerbaijan’s love for this genre of music. Held since 2005, this event has grown to become one of the country’s biggest events of the year with over 20,000 attendees. Legendary artists such as Al Jarreau, Charles Lloyd and Diana Krall have all attended. Alongside performances by some incredible jazz musicians, the festival features workshops, competitions and seminars, as well as art and photo exhibitions.

What is Chovgan?

Towards the end of the year, many visitors head to Sheki to experience Azerbaijan’s national sport. Known as Chovgan, this ancient Azerbaijani version of polo has been played on the flat grassy plains of Azerbaijan for centuries. The teams traditionally ride Karabakh horses and it’s one of the world’s most unique equestrian competitions. Although Chovgan is inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, this part of Azerbaijan’s culture is sadly fading.

What is the Pomegranate Festival?

Held in late October or early November in the city of Goychay, this annual festival celebrates its namesake – the pomegranate. Visitors can enjoy an array of cuisine made from the fruit such as desserts and freshly squeezed juices. There’s also eating competitions, a parade and performances by various Azerbaijani artists. So you’ll be getting a good dose of culture as well as vitamin C.

See Also

Check out these handy travel guide resources for more information about visiting Azerbaijan.

Best Places to Visit – our pick of Azerbaijan’s top destinations
Top Travel Tips - information about currency, food and souvenirs
Tourist Visas - what you need to know to enter Azerbaijan

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