The best beaches in Azerbaijan aren’t in Baku. Oil pollution is the reason. A one-kilometre stretch of sandy beach sits on the Absheron Peninsula’s northeast tip. Bilgah may not meet the tropical paradise of the Maldives or Thailand, but it is a top public spot outside of the beach clubs. Visitors can stroll along the sand and relax without paying admission. But expect to pay a few manats to use the loungers. Because of its location approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Baku, Bilgah is difficult to reach without your own transport.