Be sure to visit Azerbaijan's beautiful beaches whilst you have some time off work.
18 November 2013| Last updated on 27 June 2017
The Caspian Sea is known as the world’s largest lake and the Azerbaijani coastline extends over 800km, making it a great beach destination. There are also beach clubs in Baku and a couple of nice beaches just outside the city. In the city, there are a few beaches, including Shikhov Beach. There are always worries of pollution but The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources monitor the pollution and they advise the general population of Baku where swimming is safe and where it is not. It is highly recommended that you follow these guidelines when going to the beach.
The sea at Novkhanı, Pirshagi, Nardaran, Bilgah, Zagulba, Buzovna, Mardakan, Shuvalan, Hovsan and Dubandi is safe for swimming. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources has confirmed that no sewer-pipes drain into the sea at Bilgah, Buzovna, Mardakan, Pirshagi and Nardaran; this also applies to the Amburan beach and Novkhanı and Jorat seashores, with their summer cottages. 16 local waste water treatment plants which comply with international standards have been installed at these beaches.
We have pulled together a list of the popular beaches and beach clubs in Baku.
This beach is just 9km from Baku city center. It is situated next to a popular hotel, so beverages and a restaurant are close to hand if you feel like going indoors for a bit. The 400m long beach has a safety cordon and life guards, making it family friendly. The complex offers a wide range of services: changing rooms, shower rooms, a tennis court and basketball court, swimming pool, fitness club, hot whirlpool, sauna and table tennis.
Aqua Park, Shikhov
This is one of the city’s most popular beach complexes, mainly because it is only 9.5km from the city center and easily accessible by bus (only a ten minute ride). This beach also has everything that a beachgoer needs to have a pleasant experience including shade, table, sun loungers and a bar. There are also three big swimming pools, one specifically for children. This beach is also one of the cleanest on the shore of Shikhov.
SEE ALSO: Guide to National Parks in Azerbaijan
If you do need to relax and the beach in Baku does not appeal to you, there are a couple of beach clubs in Baku that provide a general relaxing atmosphere where men, women and children can swim for sport or for leisure.
AF Beach Club
Tel: 994 12 448-30-30
Fax: (+99412) 4473043
The AF Beach Club is a Hotel and Aquapark that promises fun for the whole family. This complex has 5 swimming pools, fast food, restaurant with cooks from Azerbaijan and Europe, Disco, Game Hall, Wi-Fi, Water Sports, Beach Volley, Beach Football, Entertainments, Professional Animation Team and so much more.
Amburan Beach Club
Tel: +994 12 453-86-85
Fax: +994 12 453-86-84
This complex has a 3 swimming pool, fast food outlets, restaurant with cooks from Azerbaijan and Europe, Disco, Game Hall, Wi-Fi, Water Sports, Beach Volley, Beach Football, Entertainments, Professional Animation Team .