By Amina Nazarli
Azerbaijan’s Zaqatala region, known for its diverse natural wealth, will be showcased in Baku on November 19, as part of the project titled “From the regions to the capital.”
The Azerbaijan State Theatre of Young Spectator will be the venue for the festival organized by the Zaqatala Culture and Tourism Department. It aims to familiarize the residents of the capital city and the foreign tourists with the country’s rich culture and traditions.
Until now, the capital has hosted days dedicated to the Masalli, Gabala, Guba, Sheki, Gedabek, Ismayilli, Shamkir, and Khacmaz regions.
Zaqatala is located in the northwestern part of Azerbaijan, on the southern slopes of the Major Caucasus mountains. Half of its territory is mountainous and covered with forests.
The region has conditions favorable for promoting ecotourism. Visitors can travel on foot and horseback along the tourist trails to observe the different species of animals and birds as well as to take photographs and videos in the reserve.
There are several suitable places for resting and lodging for tourists on these routes. The climate of Zaqatala makes this city an ideal mountain-climate resort. The ancient fortress near the Zaqatala city was built during the Middle Ages. The region has several tourist and recreation centers and hotels.
Zaqatala is an international region where Azerbaijanis live alongside the people of more than 20 ethnic communities, including the Avars, Lezgins, Tsakhurs, Russians, Tatars, and Ingiloys.
Numerous historical and cultural monuments can be found in the region. Other attractions are the XVIII century mosques in Qalal and Gozbarakh villages, the Alban tower dating back to the XII century, and the XVIII century mosque in Mazikh village, two monuments built in the XIV century in the village of Kebeloba, the Peri Tower in Yukhari Chardakhlar village, the XIII century Albanian Tower in Pashan village, and the Chingozqala tower from the XIV century in Jar village, among others.