Top Places to Visit in Armenia
Armenia abounds with tourist attractions, visitors and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Armenia today still mirrors the richness of its past glories and religious legacy. Though historical sites are a big part of what makes Armenia genuinely great, this landlocked country is much more than history and churches. Armenia is a showcase for just how beautiful mountain scenery, vineyards and lakes can be. Armenia is all about people who live and thrive here.
The monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites include Cathedral and Churches of Etchmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley.
Yerevan, Food and Wine
Seeing Armenia in all its glory will take you a week or two. Armenia’s busy high season falls in mid-spring, summer, and ends in mid-October. Start your tour de Armenia in Yerevan. We recommend that you visit the main and most famous sights of the city on your first day while indulging in the exceptionally delicious Armenian food scene. The city is home to a whole lot of beautiful buildings. A must-see spot is the Cascade, the Opera and Ballet Theatre, Republic Square, historic Abovyan Street featuring 19th-century architecture and several museums including the Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery, Cafesjian Museum-Foundation, etc. A simple research on the Internet will help you find lots of museums. Because Yerevan is rich in restaurants and cafes, we also recommend you try authentic Armenian cuisine made from fresh ingredients. If you are a wine lover, make sure you visit Saryan street to grab a glass of Armenian wine and enjoy the sunny days.
From Garni to Lake Sevan
Garni and Geghard are testament to Armenia's pagan and Christian heritage. Garni is the only pagan temple with Hellenistic and Greco-Roman architecture that exists in Armenia. The Geghard Monastery is still preserved in its natural setting, with its impressive rock-cut churches and tombs. Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are 45- 60 minutes’ drive by car from the city center.
The next stop is Lake Sevan. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in Europe and worldwide. In the summertime, you will find hundreds of convenient and affordable beaches and restaurants where you can taste fresh-caught and well-served Sevan whitefish and trout. Mostly you will enjoy the views of Lake Sevan as you climb up to the Sevanavank Monastery Complex which overlooks the lake's vast blue expanse.
Not far from Lake Sevan lies Noratus – a large field of Armenian khachkars (cross-stones). Cross-stones are of unique and sacred importance to Armenians, with the oldest dating back to the 9th century. And you will find them only in Armenia. We believe they save people’s souls. Today Noratus contains over 800 khachkars.
The Wings of Tatev
Want to ride the world’s longest non-stop ropeway? Take a four-hour car drive to the south from Yerevan and you will find yourself in the picturesque Syunik region. Aerial ropeway, The Wings of Tatev was included in the Guinness World Records book as the world’s longest non-stop double track cable car. It will take you 5.7 kilometers across the abyss to Tatev Monastery, one of Armenia’s marvels and historically important monasteries. Founded in the 9th century, it once housed one of the most important universities in the region, and is still an active Apostolic Armenian house of worship to this day. There are several affordable guesthouses in the village of Tatev where you can spend the night enjoying a real home-cooked breakfast in the morning and experience the typical lifestyle of an Armenian village. On the way back, we recommend you visit Karahunj or Zorats Karer, better known as Stonehenge of Armenia. Karahunj is an old observatory, built about 7500-14000 years ago. The site consists of over 223 weathered and mossy boulders with holes through which people performed observations.
Tavush and Extreme Tourism
Located in northern Armenia, Tavush is well known for its Dilijan city, Lake Parz, Goshavank and Haghartsin Monastery surrounded by mountains and fog-free air. At 1,500 meters above sea level, visitors flock to Dilijan to breathe the pure mountain air and taste authentic Armenian cuisine. Here you will find several restaurants where traditional Armenian dishes and local herbal teas are served.
Read also: UWC Dilijan
Yell Extreme Park is an all-season tourist destination. Whether it is zipline, via ferrata or paragliding, the park offers ideal opportunities for adventure seekers.
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