Sumqayit is in Azerbaijan.
Sumqayit is a one of the biggest industry oriented city of its time during the USSR period. There were nearly 90 heavy to medium industrial plants but nowadays only 5 or 6 of them remain. The city was planned and built in 1950s as to be 3-4 km away the industrial zone to minimize the pollution effects on people that is why the coast line of the city consists of so much green area.
One can easily reach Sumqayit by bus from Baku.
There are direct marshrutkas from Ismailli for 4.20 manat.
Since gas prices are as low as water prices in Azerbaijan, only an estimated cost of 10 manat should be expected for a ride from Baku to Sumqayit by taxi. You can bargain though, and the taxi drives can go as low as to 7 manat.
It is around 45 km (30-40 min) from Baku center Targovi to Sumqayit coast (Göyercin).
- The municipality building in the town center, there is a UEFA accredited football stadium which you can also use and exercise there.
- The coast / shore of the city which there also stands a bird like statue is the only place you can get some entertainment. This area is called goyerchin, or the dove.
- If you like pictures of decaying industrial building with sheep in between, checkout the region southwest of the center.
Also, see Baku Region for nearby sights and dos.
- 1 Summer Garden Sumqayit, Yasildere Baglar Massivi 99, ☏ . Check-in: 07:00-23:00. Cheap and convenient. 21 manat (for 2).
- Baku – Capital of the country whose historical center is UNESCO heritage.
- Qobustan – National Historical-Artistic Reserve, just nearby Baku. Best known for its rock petroglyphs (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and mud volcanoes. Mud-volcano-wise, a better option might be the free site a little further south, see Baku Region.
- Quba – Gateway into the Caucasus, its urban suburb is home to the largest Azerbaijani Jewish community in the mountains and is considered one of the largest Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union.
- Shamakhi (Şamaxı) – A town that used to be the capital of the Medieval state of Shirvan. Famous for its traditional dancers, Şamaxı dancers, and its impressive mosque. An ancient history and once one of the key cities along the Silk Road.
- Qabala — A new resort town deep in Caucasian Montains, which has taken its name given from the archaeological site.