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Destinations in Armenia

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Regions in Armenia

Central Armenia

Much of Armenia’s museums and cultural venues are located in Yerevan, the religious hub of Echmiadzin, the 4100 m high volcano Aragats, and the Monasteries of Geghard and Khor Virap. The flat and arid Ararat valley dominates most of this area, yet the hidden beauty of Khosrov Preserve is seldom seen.

Lake Sevan Region

This area is centered on Lake Sevan, which is 2,000 meters high and surrounded by historic structures, churches, and monasteries, as well as famous beaches. The biggest khachkar cemetery in the world, the beaches surrounding Sevanavank Monastery, and the many fish and crayfish eateries along the shoreline are all highlights. Windsurfing was recently restored to the list of leisure activities.

Northern Armenia

This hilly area, which borders Georgia to the north, is home to a plethora of stunningly beautiful and remote churches and monasteries. Many of them may be found in the Debed River Canyon, and the isolated Shamshadin area offers a glimpse of a practically unexplored and picturesque Armenia.

Southern Armenia

A very lovely region of Armenia extending south to the Iranian border, with fascinating caverns and more distant, lovely Christian sites. Tatev Monastery, Noravank Monastery, Mozrov Cave, Selim Caravanserai, and the hundreds of petroglyphs on Ughtasar Mountain are among the highlights.

Nagorno-Karabakh

A de facto autonomous republic that had previously been a part of Azerbaijan prior to the Karabakh War. The ethnic Armenian community has strong ties to Armenia, and the area can only be reached via Armenia. Apart from the rolling green hills, towering mountains, hiking routes, and great monasteries, visitors are attracted to the enormous ruins city of Aghdam and the partly repopulated city of Shushi, both of which were destroyed during and after the war. Stepanakert, the region’s capital, is home to about 50,000 of the region’s 150,000 inhabitants.

Nagorno-Karabakh is treated independently from Armenia and Azerbaijan since that is how the situation is in practice. This is not an endorsement of any of the conflict’s parties.

Regions in Armenia

  • Yerevan is the capital and by far the biggest city in Armenia.
  • Alaverdi is the location of the UNESCO World Heritage landmark Sanahin Monastery and the adjacent Haghpat Monastery.
  • Dilijan is a famous woodland retreat known as Armenia’s “Little Switzerland.”
  • Echmiadzin, Armenia’s spiritual capital and seat of the Armenian Catholicos, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Gyumri — Armenia’s second-largest city, previously overshadowed Yerevan. The little old town area still bears the scars of the 1988 earthquake.
  • Jermuk is well-known for its mineral waters, which emerge at very high temperatures and may be experienced in spas. Ski lifts are currently being built.
  • Tsaghkadzor is Armenia’s ski resort.
  • Vanadzor is Armenia’s third biggest city, and it has a few beautiful cathedrals.

Visa & Passport Requirements for Armenia

The majority of tourists come by aircraft, but entrance from Georgia and Iran is not an issue. Borders with Azerbaijan and Turkey have been closed.Visa-freeFrom 1 January 2013, EU and Schengen area passport holders will be among the fortunate few (CIS, Georgia, and Argentina who will not need a...

Accommodation & Hotels in Armenia

Throughout Armenia, you may discover charming bed and breakfasts that will offer you a real flavor of Armenian culture. If you do not speak Armenian or Russian, the language barrier will be considerable in the rural regions of Armenia, but if you have a phrase dictionary with you, you...

Things To See in Armenia

Armenia is considered the birthplace of Christianity since it was the first nation to be evangelized by two of Jesus' own followers. There is still a richness of religious history to be seen today. Beautiful cathedrals and monasteries abound, some dating back up to 1700 years. Several of the...

Food & Drinks in Armenia

Food in ArmeniaKhorovats are barbecued pieces of pig, lamb, poultry, or beef (called Shashlik in other post-Soviet countries). It is usually seasoned with onions and other Armenian spices. Tomatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers are also served with khorovats. Kebab is a ground-meat variant of khorovats that is less expensive.Harissa - A...

Money & Shopping in Armenia

Armenian carpets, cognac, fruits, handicrafts, and Soviet artifacts are among the most popular items brought back from the country. The majority of them may be found in Vernissage, a seemingly never-ending weekend flea market adjacent to Republic Square, with the more touristic items in the rear part, farther away...

Internet & Communications in Armenia

Yerevan is teeming with cafés that provide free wifi. These are also starting to appear in a number of places outside of Yerevan. Many hotels and cafés provide free WiFi to their customers. Prepaid mobile phone cards may be used to make international calls from a landline. Mobile phone...

Traditions & Customs in Armenia

In their manners and lifestyle, Armenians are similar to other Europeans, although on the more traditional end of the spectrum in certain respects.Feel free to talk about the Karabakh conflict and its resolution in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Unlike in Azerbaijan, it is not a delicate issue that must be...

Language & Phrasebook in Armenia

Armenian is the country's sole official language, and it has its own language group within the Indo-European language family. However, since Armenia was a part of the Soviet Union, nearly all Armenians can speak some Russian, and Russian remains a required second language in schools. English is becoming increasingly...

Culture Of Armenia

Armenians have a unique alphabet and language. Mesrop Mashtots created the alphabet in AD 405 and it consists of thirty-nine letters, three of which were added during the Cilician era. Armenian is spoken by 96 percent of the population, while Russian is spoken by 75.8 percent of the population,...

History Of Armenia

AntiquityArmenia is located in the hills around the Ararat Mountains. There is evidence of an early civilisation in Armenia going back to the Bronze Age and earlier, about 4000 BC. Archaeological investigations at the Areni-1 cave complex in 2010 and 2011 uncovered the world's oldest known leather shoe, skirt,...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Armenia

Stay Safe in ArmeniaOverall, Yerevan is a secure city, although theft and pickpocketing are not uncommon, especially among foreigners. When going along the street at night, use common sense and normal precautions, particularly if you've been drinking.Female tourists should be informed that seeing solo ladies after dark is uncommon....

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