Derbent — what can a tourist see on his own in 1 day? | Features of Derbent, interesting facts

A brief overview of my random trip to Derbent in March 2022: what to see, the features of the city, interesting facts..

It so happened that I missed my flight to Makhachkala, and I had almost two free days before the next flight. I decided to stay in Derbent, which is 55 km from the Azerbaijani border and 107 km from the Makhachkala Uytash airport. 

The decision to stay in Derbent was born after I “ran through” Google pictures, from which it became clear that in Makhachkala, except to see local monuments and museums, there is nothing much for a tourist to do. 

Дербент — что посмотреть туристу самостоятельно за 1 день? | Особенности Дербента, интересные факты

View from the Naryn-Kala fortress wall to Derbent

I don’t like boring museums and nondescript monuments, even with a good history, I prefer beautiful photogenic places where you can take good photos. Therefore, usually in all my travel reports, mostly only architectural sights and nature appear.

Derbent was no exception, and considering that I had only one full day, I chose five places to visit:

  1. Fortress Naryn-Kala
  2. Old town with fortress walls
  3. Derbent Juma Mosque
  4. Seaside park and beach
  5. Ekranoplan “Lun”

All of them are located directly in the city, with the exception of an unusual aircraft ship resting on the shore of the Caspian Sea, in the area of the Patriot Park under construction, which is 20 km from Derbent.

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