The Caspian Sea is one of the world’s most recognisable bodies of water. Offering fantastic views and some beautiful beaches, the Caspian Sea is gradually becoming one of the most exciting tourist attractions in the Caucasus.
Understanding the Caspian Sea
For some people, the Caspian Sea is one of the world’s smallest oceans, to others it is its largest lake. However, carrying nearly 19,000 cubic miles of water, it is certainly the largest enclosed water body on the planet. The Caspian Sea is bordered by five countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Iran. More than 130 different rivers flow into the body of water, most famously the River Volga from Russia and the Ural River from Kazakhstan.
Archaeologists have found remains of ancient human habitation around the Caspian Sea, but today it is best known for its energy-rich qualities. Oil rigs can be found across the Caspian and drilling activities have attracted many international companies to the area. Resultantly, there are many busy towns and cities along the shores of the Caspian Sea, but Baku – the capital of Azerbaijan – is the largest.
Exploring the Caspian from Baku
Baku sits on the Absheron Peninsula, overlooking the Caspian Sea, and its unique attractions and alluring atmosphere make it the ideal place from which to explore this fascinating body of water. Take a boat trip to sail along the Caspian, or charter a yacht to explore at your own pace. Baku boasts some spectacular beaches too – relax on Bilgah Beach with family or spend the day at a Baku beach club to gaze at the Caspian Sea surrounded by luxurious comforts.