You’ll pinch yourself when you get to a place like Sheki (Seki/Shaki), just to check it’s really happening. You’re in a city you’ve never heard of. No backpackers anywhere and you have a completely cool city all to yourself!! Sheki does a good job to promote Azerbaijan to the world. While backpacking in Sheki ‘s charming streets, you might want to check out my top 5 things to see and do…
1. The New Town
It’s nice to understand modern Sheki and compare and contrast it to the old quarter. Plush banks, a pretty square, state of the art buildings and even posh hotels all crop up here now in a city which is still not even touristy, in any way. Wander around the New Town and stop off for a cup of tea in the square.
2. The Old Town
Now you get to see the mix that Sheki offers. Ancient walls, poky streets and a lack of commercial brand names allow you to see a glimpse of what this place might have been like. Or what for many locals is still the normal life. So many local people still say hello to every tourist that walks by!
3. Karavansaray Courtyard Hotel
You should try and stay the night in the Karavansaray Courtyard Hotel, which costs 30 Manat for a double room. They have intermittent Wi-Fi but no breakfast. But the biggest delight is the building itself. Like an enclosed medieval courtyard with pretty symmetric walls. We spent two nights here and loved it.
4. Haci Celebi Nukha Fortress
The Haci Celebi Nukha Fortress offers its own 5 things to see and do within its walls (and I’ll talk more about that on a future post but you should definitely head up to check it out). Inside is a Stain Glass Window making workshop, a Church, walls, 2 museums and a palace. Don’t miss it.
The views down towards the city and the surrounding mountains are also amazing.
5. Cume Mosque
It wouldn’t be Azerbaijan if you didn’t see a major Mosque in the town and the Cume Moasque is the most noticeable from a tourist’s perspective. Sitting on a prominent corner where the Old Town and New Town meet, this Mosque is worth a peek. At dawn and dusk you can hear the Muslim call to prayer.
Bonus Point – View form the football Stadium
To get a good free view of Seki (and also see a football stadium) head to the football stadium and enjoy the views of the low lying skyline.
We spent two nights in Sheki and used it as a stop off town on route to Lagodekhi in Georgia. Sheki is a place you can relax in. While in Azerbaijan I also visited Xinaliq, Baku, Quba, Lake Masazir Gol, James Bond Oil Fields, Mud Volcanoes and Qobustan.
Here are some of my videos from Sheki: