Are you intending to buy a tour of Azerbaijan, but you don’t know what resort you should choose for your vacation? We advise you to have a closer look at the town of Gusar: beautiful nature, variety of architectural and historical monuments as well as a famous ski resort ‘Shahdag’ will be there for you.
Why is it worth having a vacation in Gusar?
Gusar, one of the most beautiful towns of Azerbaijan, is located on the river of Kusarchai at the foot of the Large Caucasus. The city is located at the distance of 183 km from Baku.
One of the highlights of Gusar is beautiful nature: rivers, mountains, picturesque woods where herbs, cranberry, blueberry, briar grow are there. If you are lucky enough, while having a walk along the forest paths, you will come across a mountain goat or an owl. There also live wild boars, wolves, bears.
If you are interested in environmental tourism, Gusar will offer you three directions:
Gusar-Laza. Within the tour you will visit a historical village located in the vicinity, you will have a chance to see samples of folk art (some of them are even on sale);
Gusar-Sudur. If you choose that direction, you will visit the Mausoleum of Shaykh Junayd, the village of Sudur, located on the slope of the mount of Shahdag at the height of 1,800 m above sea level — a perfect panorama opens up here;
Gusar-Kazanbulak. Visit the beech forest ‘Alistan baba’, enjoy most beautiful natural landscapes.
Finally, you may go to mountain gorges to enjoy picturesque waterfalls (Shahnabad, Liza).
Besides nature, Gusar attracts tourists with rich history which is reflected in architectural monuments, museums. Once a famous poet M. Yu. Lermontov spent his vacation here, and a museum in his honour was established. Besides that, in Gusar there functions a museum of regional studies, with over 3,000 exhibits.
Gusar for those fond of active pastime
The peaks of the Gusar raion are a real finding for mountaineers and alpinists. Winter competitions of ice rock climbers also take place here — on frozen waterfalls. And the town is located at the distance of just 32 km from the ski resort ‘Shahdag’, which attracts tourists from the whole world in winter and in summer as a magnet. Currently, the ski resort has 19 runs of different complexity level (both for novices, and for professionals) and four cable ropeways. Besides, in the territory of the ‘Shahdag’ resort there functions the school of mountain skiing, where you can learn to ski as well as to snowboard. At the rental store you may rent any outfit for going in for your favourite sports.