One of the most beautiful lakes in Azerbaijan, which wears the modest and cozy eastern name of Goygol, definitely deserves a visit. Located in the west of the country, the lake is part of the homonymous national park, so that the enrichment of the flora and fauna here can only be envied.
One of the most beautiful lakes in Azerbaijan, which wears the modest and cozy eastern name of Goygol, definitely deserves a visit. Located in the west of the country, this reservoir is part of the national park of the same name, so you can envy the richness of the surrounding flora and fauna. To bathe here, alas, only walruses can be in the lake - even in August the water does not rise above +17 ° C, but the local landscapes more than offset this shortcoming.
From the Azerbaijani, Goygol is translated as a "blue lake", and the name fully justifies the appearance of the reservoir - the water here is surprisingly beautiful color, clean, transparent even at great depth. By the way, it is also one of the largest lakes in Azerbaijan, although it certainly does not compete with Lake Baikal: the length of Goygol is 2800 m, its width is about 800 m, the depth varies from an average of 30 m to an impressive maximum of 96 m.
As a rule, tourists come to the northern shore of the lake, where the eponymous resort is located. Local microclimate and air are beneficial for people suffering from diseases of the respiratory tract and the nervous system.
From the Azerbaijani, Goygol is translated as a "blue lake", and the name fully justifies the appearance of the reservoir - the water here is surprisingly beautiful color, clean, transparent even at great depth.
Around the lake grow as much as 423 species of trees and shrubs, as well as medicinal plants. On the banks of Goygol there live the red deer and roe deer, bears and wild boars, wolves, foxes, mountain goats, jackals and badgers, porcupines, lynxes. But in the lake there is a trout.
Around the lake and the national park, several routes have been laid, but it's not advisable to go alone on them - it's best to take a guide that will show the most picturesque corners of the park and the most beautiful views of the lake.
What to see
The Goygol district is notable not only for the national park and the lake, it appears that since the 19th century German colonists settled here, they also laid the city of Elenendorf, the future Khanlar, on the site of the ancient village of Khanliglar on August 22, 1819. The German heritage is very sensitive today, so that on the territory of the district you can see about 30 historical and architectural monuments belonging to the hands of pedantic Teutons. In particular, in Khanlar it is worth to inspect the Lutheran church (1854) and three bridges erected by German hands.
Local cultural heritage is also of interest: the Gabriel temple in the village of Shahriyar (1674), the Anagid mausoleum in Chaikend, the Maiden Tower in Uchbulag, the cemetery of the end of the Bronze Age - the beginning of the Iron Age on the territory of Gushgar and Balchyla.
Address: Goygol district, Goygol national park.
You can get to the lake by direct bus services from Baku or Ganja, which stop in the city of Goygol.