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Discover Baku: Your Ultimate October Getaway

Discover Baku: Your Ultimate October Getaway

Baku street scene

Pic Credit: Pixabay

When I tell people we have booked to go to Baku in October, they look at me so curiously! Some couldn’t locate it on a map and others  are so curious why Baku and why  October.  I thought in the lead up to our trip id share some learnings and some tips and advice from my research.  October is the perfect time to visit Baku, the vibrant capital of Azerbaijan. With its mix of ancient history and modern marvels, Baku offers a unique and unforgettable travel experience.  Over the next while we will hear more about Baku as Baku is gearing up for the prestigious COP29 conference, set to take place this November. As a key international event addressing climate change, COP29 will bring together world leaders, experts, and activists to discuss and implement critical environmental policies.  Events like this of such importance will really shine a light on Baku and all it has to offer.

Perfect Weather

October in Baku is a delight for visitors. The summer heat has mellowed, and the winter chill is still far away. Expect mild temperatures averaging between 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), making it ideal for exploring the city’s outdoor attractions.

Rich History and Culture

Baku is a city where the past and present coexist harmoniously. The UNESCO-listed Old City (Icherisheher) is a maze of narrow alleys, historic buildings, and ancient landmarks. Don’t miss the Maiden Tower and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, which offer a glimpse into Baku’s rich history.

Architectural Marvels

Baku street scene

Pic Credit: Pixabay

Baku’s skyline is a testament to its rapid modernization. The Flame Towers, a trio of skyscrapers designed to resemble flames, light up the night sky and offer a striking contrast to the historical sites. The Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is another must-see. Its flowing, futuristic design is a masterpiece of modern architecture.

Culinary Delights

Azerbaijani cuisine is a delightful fusion of flavours influenced by its position at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. October is harvest season, so you’ll find fresh, local produce in abundance. Don’t miss the chance to try plov (a traditional rice dish), kebabs, and fresh pomegranate juice. Baku’s bustling markets and cosy restaurants offer a feast for your senses.

Stunning Nature

Just a short drive from the city, you’ll find Gobustan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its ancient rock carvings and mud volcanoes. The park offers a fascinating glimpse into prehistoric life and stunning natural landscapes. October’s pleasant weather makes it the perfect time for a day trip.


Warm Hospitality

Azerbaijanis are known for their hospitality, and you’ll feel welcomed wherever you go in Baku. Whether you’re exploring the bustling streets or enjoying a meal in a local restaurant, the friendly locals are always ready to share their culture and stories with visitors.

Multiple accommodation offerings 

Aerial view flame towers Baku

Pic Credit: Pixabay

When we started to research our accommodation options, I was really really impressed with the variety of high quality offerings from all the major chains to more boutique hotels, there really is options to suit all budgets and hotel preferences.  We decided that the Radisson Hotel Baku was the perfect one for us and we booked our stay there. Located in the heart of the city, the Radisson offers stunning views of the Caspian Sea and is just a short walk from major attractions like the Boulevard and the Old City.  The Radisson’s central location was a huge selling point for us and makes it the perfect base for exploring all that Baku has to offer.

Getting there from Dublin 

Currently, there are no direct flights from Dublin to Baku. However, you can easily reach Baku with connecting flights offered by several major airlines. Here are some of the airlines that operate on this route:

  1. Turkish Airlines
    • Stopover: Istanbul (IST)
    • Turkish Airlines offers convenient connections with a layover in Istanbul. This is a popular route with relatively short layover times.
  2. Lufthansa
    • Stopover: Frankfurt (FRA)
    • Lufthansa provides flights with a layover in Frankfurt, giving you a smooth and efficient transfer experience. This is the option we have gone for, however the only downside is the flight departs Baku at 4.30am!! Mega early start but its the way home so we be home early which  I do often like.
  3. Aeroflot
    • Stopover: Moscow (SVO)
    • Aeroflot offers flights with a stopover in Moscow. This route might have slightly longer layover times but is a viable option.
  4. Qatar Airways
    • Stopover: Doha (DOH)
    • Qatar Airways offers flights with a stopover in Doha, known for its excellent service and comfortable layover experience.
  5. Emirates
    • Stopover: Dubai (DXB)
    • Emirates provides a luxurious travel experience with a stopover in Dubai, allowing for a pleasant journey with top-notch service.

      Baku aerial shot

      Pic Credit: Pixabay

When booking your flights, consider the following tips to ensure a smooth journey:

  • Compare Prices: Use flight comparison websites like Skyscanner, Kayak, or Google Flights to find the best deals, but book direct
  • Check Layover Times: Ensure that your layover times are reasonable to avoid long waits but allow enough time for transfers.
  • Book in Advance: Booking your flights well in advance can help you secure better prices and preferred seats.

Practical Travel Tips

  • Local Currency: The Azerbaijani Manat (AZN) is the local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted, but it’s a good idea to have some cash for smaller purchases.
  • Visas: Check the visa requirements for Azerbaijan. Many travellers can apply for an e-visa online, which is a straightforward process.
  • Time Zone: Baku is 4 hours ahead of Dublin


Baku in October is a perfect blend of comfortable weather, rich cultural experiences, and exciting events. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or just looking to explore a new city, Baku has something to offer. So, why wait? We will be blogging our trip across social and on the blog so do check back if you to see how we got on in beautiful Baku.


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