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The area around Turkmenbashi is home to many villages, towns and cities, each one with its own special qualities.
Whether you're believer or an atheist, you're sure to enjoy at Turkmenistan's churches and other sites of spiritual significance. Exercise your grey matter by spending a few hours at Turkmenistan's excellent history museums.
Why don't you spend some time with passionate locals keen to share their backyard with you and join a special interest tour? Guided nature walks are popular here.
Try out typical meals or drinks and get to the heart of the local culture. Rice and pumpkin are just two commonly used ingredients. Why not order sous (meat, potatoes, carrots) or shashlyk (grilled mutton)? Both dishes are popular in this region. Sample zebra cake (marble cake) at the conclusion of your meal. This is a common choice for locals. To wrap up your dining experience, order chal (fermented camel’s milk). It is a common drink here.
Much of the region acknowledges Independence Day on the 27th of October, so be prepared for changes to opening hours and transport schedules.
When planning your vacation to Turkmenbashi, it's good to remember that the nearest major airport, Heydar Aliyev International Airport, is located in in Baku, 160 miles (257 kilometers) to the west.