Culinary highlights and Iranian influence on the Caspian Sea

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Facts Lankaran

Azerbaijan  Country:
50000  Population:
Bronze Age  Founded:
Azeri  Languages:
Tourism, cattle-breeding, tea-growing, citrus plants, beekeeping, fishing  Economy:
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Region: Lankaran Rayon

The town of Lankaran looks back on a long history. The town was already inhabited by humans in the Bronze Age. Due to its location on the Caspian Sea just 40 km from Iran, Lankaran was an important point on the caravan routes between Europe and Asia for a long time.

Lankaran is one of the most beautiful cities in Azerbaijan. It lies in the south of the country and directly on the Caspian Sea. This location guarantees a mild, subtropical climate, which is also appreciated by tourists. Guests also visit Lankaran because of its unique architecture, many historical buildings and natural healing springs

Street in Lankaran

A street in the city center of Lankaran, Azerbaijan.

General Aslanov, Hero of the Soviet Union

There is a lot to see in Lankaran, for example, the Hazi Aslanov Memorial Museum, built in 1969. Born 1910 in Lankaran, Aslanov was an important general of the Soviet troops in World War II. He was the only Azerbaijani to be awarded the title «Hero of the Soviet Union» twice. Aslanov died in January 1945, a few months before the end of World War II, after being seriously wounded in Latvia. In Lankaran, in addition to the museum, he was also honored with a monument in the city center.

Stalin's escape from Lankaran

Joseph Stalin, the most powerful and notorious figure of the Soviet Union, is also associated with Lankaran. As a young man, the later dictator of the USSR was imprisoned for a short time in Lankaran in 1905, before he was able to escape in a spectacular way through an underground tunnel - via the Mayak lighthouse and the Caspian Sea.

The prison now is a popular tourist destination.

Stalin Gefängnis Länkäran

In 1905, Joseph Stalin was imprisoned here for a short time.

A paradise for subtropical fruits

In the surroundings of Lankaran, there are large tea plantations. You should definitely try the local tea in one of the tea houses. The famous sweet pastry from Lankaran goes well with this.

Lankaran generally has a lot to offer in culinary terms. Especially popular is the dish «Lavangi», in which a chicken is stuffed with a filling of nuts, onions and herbs and baked in the oven until golden yellow. The dish, in which fish can also be used instead of chicken, is also popular in nearby Iran.

Tee in Lankaran

Don't forget to visit one of the tea houses in Lankaran.

The numerous subtropical fruits that the region produces are a dream. At the markets, you can find pomegranates, lemons, oranges, mandarins, cumquats and much more. Be sure to taste them!

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How to get to Lankaran

Lankaran by car

By car

It takes you 3.5 hours to get from Baku to Lankaran (250 km). The roads are in a good condition.

Lankaran by minibus

By minibus

From 8 a.m. there is a bus from Baku to Lankaran every hour. It departs at the bus station «20 January Terminal». The trip takes between 5 and 6 hours and costs 5.00 AZN (3.00 USD).

Lankaran by plane

By plane

There is an international airport in Lankaran offering connections to Baku, Moscow and St. Petersburg. If you arrive in Baku, the trip from the airport to Lankaran takes you 4 hours.

Lankaran by train

By train

There are two train connections between Baku and Lankaran: The electric train leaves Baku at 8 a.m. and arrives in Lankaran at 5 p.m. It costs 2.50 AZN. The night train (11:30 p.m. till 9 a.m.) costs between 3.20 AZN and 5.40 AZN.

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Impressions from Lankaran