Fancy a dose of Azerbaijan´s Wacky Baku?

Baku is not the new Prague. It’s too weird, too dishevelled, too industrial and the electricity and water cut out too often. It's also true that reliable city maps are thin on the ground. But aside from all this Baku is a fine town.

First up, just in case you haven´t booked your flight already, lazing outside one of the several bars on Fountains Square, in the centre of Baku, you can watch the young and beautiful strut their stuff. Here a beer will cost you about 5,000 manat. At present, 7000 manat is £1. Do the math, and bon voyage!

But before you go, you should take a look at the exhibition Baku with Love by Magnum photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov. You can catch it at Mall Galleries, www.mallgalleries.org.uk.

And for those with a penchant for believing everything SkyNews tells them, relax, Azerbaijan is not a fundamentalist, lunatic state, it´s the chilled out Shiite, kind of Islam that rules the roost hereabouts.

The Online Travel Company is offering three-night, room-only stays in the Hyatt Regency Baku, including return scheduled flights with BA from London Heathrow, for £719. Extra nights cost £60pp, www.onlinetravel.com.

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