Visit Guide to Balakhani

One of the oldest villages in Baku’s suburbs, Balakhani is renowned for its historic surrounding oil fields that brought great fortune to Baku during the 19th-century Oil Boom. Neglected in the Soviet time, the village was recently fully renovated and is a great half-day trip from Baku. You can explore historic streets and admire artistic touches such as wall paintings and sculptures, as well as visit several historical sites, including a 17th-century caravanserai and a 15th-century hammam.

Getting There

You can get there by bus №216 from “Koroghlu” metro station. Bus stop near the Balakhani village, but you still need to walk at least 30 minutes.

You can also get there by taxi or private car.

What to Expect

Azerbaijan’s historical oil settlement – Balakhani village, which is known as the first oil cent on Absheron peninsula, has today turned into unique open-air art gallery, where houses are painted with colorful images.

Today throughout the village you’ll notice little artistic touches, whether it be a row of colorful birdhouses, a sculpture depicting a scene from the famous film “If Not That One, Then This One” (“O olmasin, bu olsun”), or uplifting wall paintings, all of which are the handiwork of local artists. Visitors can admire a 17th-century “Shah Safi” caravanserai frequented by traders and travelers in the days of camels and caravans who used Balakhani as a stopover on route to Baku.


During the so-called Oil Boom of the late 19th, early 20th centuries, Balakhani was at the forefront of Baku’s incredible grow into one of the richest cities. It was here that much of the city’s “black gold” was extracted.

In Balakhani there are also the unearthed remains of the 15th-century Gum Hamam (Sand Bath), a mausoleum erected in 1428 and a rejuvenated ovdan – a historic means of underground water storage unique to the Absheron Peninsula. You can also explore Balakhani with EZOne Tours (

Facilities Available

  • Restaurants
  • Supermarkets
  • Mirza Alakbar Sabir Park