Tourists in Baku who prefer to take a rest in a place other than beaches are highly recommended to head off to Central Botanical Garden and Dendrology Institute to spend the hot days with pleasure and profits.
Created in 1930s, Botanic Garden in the center of Baku has become an oasis in the city of petrol industry. Until today, it has attracted many locals and tourists to take a rest under the shade of the old and unique trees.
The garden built on an area over 40 hectares is considered one of the green-cultural centers of Baku. By accumulating botanical forces around it, the garden has turned into a center of scientific works and botanical minds.
At present, the garden has 2,000 species of valuable local and exotic trees, bushes, floral and herbal plants including 125 rare and endangered species from different botanic-geographical regions.
Moreover, scientists of the garden usually carry out scientific investigations for enrichment of plant resources in the country.
However, this significant research center is open to public. It is a perfect resort for old people and families. Nevertheless, youngsters like to picnic here as well.
The silent and well-wooded green roads of the garden have created chances to pull wits together in the center of overcrowded city that is melting under the burning sun.
You can also enjoy drinking Azerbaijani tea in a small café situated in the park.
Another option to enjoy the shady coolness of Baku is Dendrology Institute located in Mardakan district a 30-minute drive from the city center.
Established in 1920s, the 12-hectare large park is only 4.5 km away from the shore of the Caspian Sea.
It is noteworthy to say that over 80 percent of the park is covered with limestone and the water is taken from deep wells that are filtered by the same limestone. However, the overall number of species of flora and fauna in the park is about 1,700.
Mardakan Arboretum plays an important role in the protection of the gene pool, increasing biodiversity and maintaining ecological balance of the country. Many species have passed many introductory years in the arboretum to be used in the creation of parks, gardens, forests, and for landscaping in Baku.
The number and age of the species make the arboretum one of the world's richest collections. The collection displays subtropical, tropical, forest, meadow, field, and desert plants.
A century ago, this plant was a country house of an oilman millionaire Murtuza Mukhtarov, and the famous Russian poet Sergei Yesenin lived here during his visit to Azerbaijan. His lyrical "Persian motifs" were created in the arboretum.
The park is hosting a little house under the shade of its spreading trees where Yesenin lived in 1924 and 1925. Today this house is the house museum of the grand Russian poet.
Here you can also find artificial waterfall, unique deep water well, small parks for leisure and ride on the boats at the artificial pond.
Spending a day in the green environment of both these parks will refresh you for at least a week to put up with the striking hot summer of Baku.