Published on : Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Nasib Imamaliyev, head of the Sheki Tourism Information Center, said that factors that are attracting foreign tourists in Sheki are its historical monuments, the city’s ancient history, ancient art samples, urban flora and fauna, geographical location, cuisine (mainly sweets), hospitality, cheerfulness and sense of humor of its people.
Imamaliyev said that of late, the city has seen an increase in the number of tourists. Until the end of the Soviet era, the number of tourists had been increasing dramatically. “Over the next 8-10 years it rose much more frequently and had still been growing,” Imamaliyev said.
The number of tourists visiting Sheki in 2017 was much higher compared to the previous years. “This number is expected to increase in the coming years,” Imamaliyev said.
“The main reason for the development of the tourism sector and the increase of the number of tourists visiting Sheki is the fact that the region is stable. Tourists do not travel to places where there is no stability. In addition, the development and rising interest of foreigners in Azerbaijan, advertisements, increasing popularity of Azerbaijan in the world also contribute to this trend,” Imamaliyev noted.
In November 2017, Sheki became a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, an association supporting the formation of a network for promoting international cooperation between cities. Tourists from all over the world – Europe, Asia, and America – visit Sheki. Recently, however, there is an increase in the number of Arab tourists. The most visited places in Sheki are Sheki Khan’s Palace (“Yuxari Bash” Reserve), museums, Alban Temple in the village Kish, Shakikhanov’s House Museum, and Bazar.
The place, located on the picturesque hillsides of the Caucasus Mountains, in the background of snowy peaks is one of the country’s main tourist destinations, hosting more than 100,000 tourists every year. It is a real natural wonder with its beautiful landscapes, mineral water springs, forests and rivers.