By Naila Huseynli
This summer more than 30 percent increase was observed in the number of tourists visiting Guba.
Arabian tourists are dominated among the tourists. The most famous travel tour is Guba-Khinalig tourism routes in the north part of the country. Being close to the capital of Azerbaijan also plays role in the tourists flow.
Waterfalls, rivers, mountains, forests created by nature in Guba are also of great interest. Forests are rich in natural fruits, rare trees and animals. Examples of this are the Tengah valley, the minaret on the Gudyalchay River in Kusnatgazma village, the waterfalls, pedestrian suspension bridge in the villages of Afurja, Gurdah. Afurja waterfall is located in the southern part of Guba region. It is considered one of the most beautiful monuments of nature. The waterfall, about 60 meters high, is recorded as a geological natural monument and is protected by the state.
The development of tourism in the direction of hunting is also noticeable. The raising of the number of tourists who are interested in catching various animals living in mountains and meadows of the district has increased.
Guba also can be considered ethnic palette of Azerbaijan in terms of location of minorities. Here, the common and specific features of the peoples' traditional households and cultures are closely intertwined and complement each other. Follow-up to common rules has made these peoples closer to each other, but they have preserved their language and ethnographic characteristics.
A tourist from Saudi Arabia, Mohammaed Saad Alhogbani chose Gachrash with beautiful nature of Guba to relax with his family. “We came from Al-Riad city of Saudi Arabia. In my point of view here is more relevant than other cities of Europe. I liked the weather, forests, nature of Guba. The roads are clean and accurate. The service is also at a high level. My daughter also liked Azerbaijan. We feel comfortable when we visit such places with family,” he told Azertag.
Gacrash willage is in the 10 km away from the center. The forest area of the entrance in the village are famous. Tourists enjoy seeing the sight of Gacrash forest both in summer and winter.
Nouz Mohammaed Alhogbani came to Guba for a first time with his father. “We meet here many tourists coming from Saudi Arabia and other countries like us. The weather, forests, nature of Guba is beautiful as my father said. I also want to emphasize cuisine. People are also friendly and hospitable. We will definitely come again,” said a foreign guest.
Tourists coming to Guba spend approximately 30-120 manat ($18-$71) per day to rest in private houses. The price of the proposed accommodations varies depending on the location and conditions.
The administrators of one of the touristic organization also confirm that the number of foreign tourists have been increased in this year. At present 32 registered hotels and recreation centers of the region serve tourists.
As the majority of visitors from Arabic countries, Arabian-language guides were recruited in the resting centers and menus were set up in restaurants. One-day price of a double room is 50 manats, the rooms for three people is 60 manats, and a quadruple room - 80 manats in Guba-Khinalig resorts. Therefore, tourists are also offered cottages with all amenities.
The Guba Tourism Information Center said that the problem of shortage of foreign language workers in recreation centers was partially solved. Guba Tourism Information Center operates on holidays, taking into account the number of visitors to the region. "Hot line" has been created to ensure that tourists stay in the region.
Foreign and domestic tourists can get detailed information about recreation centers and tourism routes by calling (070) 530-76-70 within 24 hours. The center provides tourists with a vehicle and a guide based on payment.
The closeness of Guba to the beaches of the Caspian Sea, Nabran-Yalama recreation center and to the resorts of Gusar region is also of great importance and creates additional interest for tourists. Therefore, residents of Baku and nearby regions usually come here in their private vehicles. It is also possible to reach beautiful Gusar region for 10-15 minutes from Guba, 25-30 minutes to the Nabran recreation center, and to the beaches there.
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