Top 20 Places to Visit in Armenia
Armenia is one of the unknown countries among’st the tourists, it offers a lot of places to visit in Armenia in the form of tourism. Right from lush green landscapes to snow-capped mountains to historical monuments, Armenia has it all. You can experience the perfect blend of Persian culture with the Roman culture, in Armenia. In this article, we will discuss 20 places which you should definitely visit on your trip to Armenia.
The capital city of Armenia will be your entry point in all probabilities. One of the laid back cities in the world, the moment you step in you will experience rich culture and history of Armenia. You can get to meet with some of the most friendliest as well as hospitable people on earth. The city has got a cafe culture, which will entice you to visit some of the best cafes in the city.
You will also notice that the city has got a pinkish architecture. Don’t forget to visit Darget Brewery, as you get the best refreshing beer, not only in Yerevan but also in Armenia. Do some food shopping in the Gum market.
The rich cuisine of Armenia is one of the best and is a perfect blend of the middle east and Europe,there are many places to visit in Armenia Take some time and visit Cafesjian Museum of Art at the Cascades. It is famous for its marveling architecture. Another important monument is the Blue Mosque, which is famous for its Blue Dome. While in the evening you can stroll along the famous Republic Square.
This is the second largest city of Armenia and has got a lot of historic importance. Some of the historic monuments’ dates back to 3rd century BC. Have a field day in this city and get some deep insights into the Armenian history.
So a visit to this city is heavily recommended and also don’t miss the famous Marmashen Monastery, which was built in the 10th century.
Green lush landscapes are the point of interest in Armenia. But, if you want to experience this to the best capacity, then you need to visit Goris. The city has a rich influence of European style of architecture. The city has got a rich Roman history, which needs to be explored by every tourist who visits Armenia. There is one natural tunnel in Goris, which connects Armenia with Iran.
It is a well-planned city, with a picturesque landscape surrounding the city. If you are going to explore the Lori region, then this city will be your starting point. There multiple historic ruins located in the Lori region, which can interest the tourists. Check out the beautiful Vanadzor botanical garden.
5. Shikahogh State Reserve
This is the second largest forest reserve located in Armenia. This reserve is largely unexplored and has unspoiled beauty. It has got a bit of wildlife as well, with vipers and leopards. One can explore around on their own, even though it can be dangerous.
6. Lake Sevan
Lake Sevan is Armenia’s largest lake and is located in the middle of Armenia. The lake is surrounded by green mountains. There are multiple monasteries located around the lake, including the famous Sevanavank Monastery. Lake Sevan have numerous beaches, and often these beaches are used for sunbathing.
7. Dilijan National Park
Dilijan National Park is the most beautiful national park amongst the four national parks located in Armenia. The park has multiple medicinal mineral water springs. This park is also famous for natural monuments. One can find some of the famous as well as beautiful monasteries of Armenia within this park, such as Goshavank Monastery, Haghartsin Monastery, and the Akhnabat church.
8. Mount Ararat
Located on the north of Armenia, Mount Ararat is a stunning beauty. It has got a dormant volcano as well. It is the highest peak in Armenia. This place is famous for rock art, where one can see different forms of arts inscribed on the rocks. The best time to visit will be between July to September when the snow will be less.
9. Lake Arpi
Lake Arpi forms the source of one of the famous rivers in Armenia, Akhurian river. The lake is located among’st a beautiful landscape. It is rich in flora and fauna and if you want to relax yourself from cities crowd, so here it is for you.
Noravank is a beautiful old age monastery, that is famous for its rich architecture. It was built in the 13th century and is famous for Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church. Thousands of pilgrims visit this monastery every year.
11. Amberd Fortress
This is an seventh century old fortress that was built to be a military defensive point under Armenian kingdom. One can drive down to fortress from Yerevan, within an hour’s time. However, during the winter season, this fortress becomes completely inaccessible due to heavy snowfall. The old ruins look absolutely rouged and beautiful.
Tsaghkadzor is the skiing resort of Armenia. One can get indulged into a range of winter sports. There are ski lifts as well, which can be availed at a very less cost. If you love to play with snow, then this place is for you. There are some good upscale resorts as well.
13.Upper Azat Valley
This is a world heritage site, and the famous Geghard monastery is located in this valley. The main chapel of the monastery was built 800 years ago.
The monastery was founded by the “Gregory the illuminator”. One can also find the St Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) chapel in this valley. For Christians, this valley has got huge religious importance.
14. Karahunj Observatory
Believe it or not, but this place has got a strong resemblance to Britain’s Stonehenge. This is one of the most fascinating places in Armenia. Karahunj has 200 huge stone tombs.
While there are forty stones which are standing still and has been built to honor the Armenian god Ari. One can reach this place from the city of Sisian.
15. Khor Virap
One can enjoy the stunning beauty of Mount Ararat from the Khor Virap monastery. Khor Virap is one of the oldest historic sites in Armenia and is famous for its rich architecture. This is the same monastery where “Gregory the illuminator” was imprisoned. It is said that Khor Virap monastery has played an important part in converting Armenia into a Christian state.
16. Tatev Monastery
Tatev monastery has got huge historical importance in Armenia. The monastery houses a university as well as located on the Iranian border, Tatev monastery is placed in between some of the beautiful mountains. One has to take a 5-hour drive from Yerevan and then embark upon a cable car to rich this place. The complex has got a small museum along with a chapel. One can also find stalls selling local goods.
Etchmiadzin is a UNESCO site and a prominent religious center in Armenia. People who want to take up religious study, including the priests, visit this place. In the main church, one can find some of the valuable Armenian relics. On the display, there are some of the prominent items which are closely related to Christianity. One can take a minibus from Yerevan to visit this holy place.
While you are looking to wrap up your trip to Armenia with some luxury and relaxation, then the spa town of Jermuk is the ideal destination for you. There is a good number of upscale hotels for stay, including brands like Hyatt and Hilton. You can also visit the largest waterfall in Armenia, that is Mermaids Hair Waterfall. Don’t forget to visit the natural geysers with bubbling waters, located in Jermuk.
19. Vayots Dzor Province
This place is meant for only those tourists who are interested in hiking. There are some excellent hiking trails available in Vayots Dzor including other places to visit in Vayots Dzor. Planned hiking tours by the tour companies are also available. The hike trails are not that difficult, rather it these are moderate or some of them could be classified as easy. If you touch this part of the region, don’t forget to taste the famous Arena wine. Experience a stellar view of Mt. Tekar, from one of the hiking trails. If you are experienced hiker, then you might hike all the way up to Tsaghats Kar Monastery.
20. Temple of Garni
The iconic temple of Garni resembles the Pre-Christian era of Armenia. The temple has got immense religious importance in Armenia. Since its was constructed it has gone through multiple renovations, as many times it was destroyed by the earthquake. This temple should be in your list if you want to understand the pre-Christian era in Armenia.