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Azer News - - Country Guide - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

TMean­while, many Azer­bai­ja­nis trav­eled to Turkey and Ge­or­gia over the past hol­i­days, he noted.

Ba­girov said that tra­di­tion­ally, Turkey, Ge­or­gia, Euro­pean coun­tries and Dubai are the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for Azer­bai­ja­nis on hol­i­days.

He added that com­pared to last year, the num­ber of Azer­bai­ja­nis vis­it­ing Dubai has de­creased, and the num­ber of Ge­or­gia trips has in­creased.

The chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion also spoke about for­eign­ers who vis­ited the coun­try on hol­i­days. “On hol­i­days, a large num­ber of tourists were from Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait and Qatar. There were a large num­ber of Rus­sian tourists as well. For­eign­ers ar­riv­ing in Azer­bai­jan, along with the cap­i­tal, most of all vis­ited the Ga­bala re­gion,” the chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion noted.

Azer­bai­ja­nis often spend their hol­i­days at the fa­mous ski re­sorts of Ge­or­gia Gu­dauri and Bakuri­ani. They are fully equipped in ac­cor­dance with modern re­quire­ments, there you can go ski­ing, snow­board­ing and on snow­mo­biles tours.

On the New Year in Gu­dauri and Bakuri­ani all ski slopes work, both for be­gin­ners and ama­teurs and for pro­fes­sion­als, as well as all the cafes and res­tau­rants on the moun­tain, where you can rest or just walk, en­joy­ing the purest moun­tain air, ma­jes­tic snow­capped peaks and end­less sky.

Re­cently, an­a­lyt­i­cal agency TurS­tat had pre­sented a rat­ing of the best CIS cities for New Year and win­ter travel in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary 2019, from which it be­came known that Baku en­tered the top three most pop­u­lar cities among tourists in the CIS.

Azer­bai­jan is a great so­lu­tion for lovers of leisure ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­treme tourism.

The coun­try of­fers many pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for snow seek­ers. While most of Azer­bai­jan’s ma­jor cities, in­clud­ing Baku, re­ceive only small amounts of snow, lo­ca­tions such as Guba, Gusar and Ga­bala are of­fer­ing great snow ex­pe­ri­ences.

To­day, Shahdag is one of the most at­trac­tive sides for the lo­cal and for­eign tourists in Azer­bai­jan.

The Shahdag Tourism Com­plex is Azer­bai­jan’s first ski re­sort and it dif­fers from sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties in the world for its unique­ness and di­ver­sity.

The com­plex stands 2,500 me­ters above sea level and serves as an out­stand­ing get­away with its rich na­ture, fresh air, and won­der­ful cli­mate, with tem­per­a­tures rang­ing be­tween mi­nus 20-22 de­grees Cel­sius in win­ter and 20 de­grees in sum­mer.

Not far from the com­plex is lo­cated an an­cient vil­lage Laza sur­rounded by moun­tains and well known for its ma­jes­tic wa­ter­falls.

Laza water­fall is the most pop­u­lar water­fall in Gusar.

The vil­lage is lo­cated in the north­east of Cau­ca­sus Moun­tains, at the bot­tom of a high moun­tain­ous plateau "Shah Yay­lag" with height of 4,242 m above sea level.

Com­pe­ti­tions on climb­ing are held at the frozen wa­ter­falls every win­ter.

Tu­fandag Moun­tain Re­sort in Ga­bala is also a great place to while away a few win­ter days.

The re­sort is well equipped and can ac­com­mo­date up to 3,000 peo­ple at a time. Res­tau­rants, cafe­te­rias, bars and recre­ation ar­eas, ski school for adults and chil­dren, ski equip­ment rental and re­pair are op­er­at­ing on the ter­ri­tory of the com­plex.

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