I confess that visiting the Republic of Dagestan for tourism purposes in the coming years was not included in my plans..
But life often presents us with surprises, and in March, due to the cancellation of all Baku-Moscow flights, I had to get home through the pedestrian checkpoint Yarag-Kazmalyar on the border of Azerbaijan and Dagestan to Makhachkala, from where you could easily fly to Moscow.
I will not go into details, but 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.
it is clear that in Makhachkala, apart from seeing local monuments and museums, there is nothing much for a tourist to do.
View from the fortress wall of Naryn-Kala to Derbent
I don’t like boring museums and nondescript monuments, even with a good story, I prefer beautiful photogenic places where you can take good pictures. Therefore, usually only architectural sights and nature appear in all my travel reports.
Derbent was no exception, and given that I had only one full day, I chose five places to visit:
- Old town with fortified walls
- Derbent Juma Mosque
- Primorsky Park and Beach
- Lun Ekranoplan