Popular Destinations in Armenia
Regardless of the question posed, where to relax in Armenia, all tours from Russia to this friendly country start from Yerevan Airport, the capital and one of the most beautiful and unusual cities in the post-Soviet space. Modern life here is perfectly combined with ancient quarters and museums that will be of interest to the widest category of visitors.
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By dividing the numerous memorable objects of the city, one can draw a conditional line from places that appeared in the 20th century to earlier buildings, ruins, museums and monuments. The first group includes:
- Republic Square;
- Freedom Square;
- Northern Avenue;
- Opera and Ballet theatre;
- National Historical Museum;
- Bridge of Victory.
The second group will be of interest to lovers of antiquities:
- Ruins of Zvartnots;
- Erebuni Fortress;
- Church of Surb Zoravor Astvatsatsin.
Each program of city tours can be compiled individually, but it necessarily includes a visit to some temple and the laying of flowers on the Tsitsernakaberd memorial in memory of the 1915 genocide.
If you wish, you can go out of town, where Geghard Monastery is located 40 km from the capital – one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and an architectural monument of the XIII century.
Shopping in the Armenian capital is done as it should be in Caucasian culture – more in the markets, less in stores. There are several iconic street trading places in Yerevan, and these are:
- Central covered market;
- City market;
Among the modern shopping and entertainment complexes, it will be interesting for guests to visit:
- “Yerevan Mall”;
- “Russia Mall”;
- Tashir Street.
The second largest settlement in the country – Gyumri is known not only for the Russian military base, but also for many unique places that have become a living illustration of the centuries-old joint history of the two peoples. The city is small by our standards, but for the sake of excursions guests regularly come here to diversify their vacation in Armenia.
The main object is considered to be the Black Fortress – an outpost of the 19th century, which has become a symbol of the protection of Transcaucasia from the attacks of the Turkish army. Now restoration work is being actively carried out here to give the bastion its original appearance.
Other sights of the city include:
- Museum of National Architecture;
- Central Park;
- House Museum of Frunzik Mkrtchyan.
If Russia has Essentuki and Kislovodsk, then in Armenia this role is played by the balneological resort of Jermuk, famous for its mineral water, which has been supplied to stores around the world for many years. The once all-Union health resort is now a receptacle for clinics that are compared in terms of service level with similar institutions in the Czech Republic and Hungary.
The centuries-old tradition of healing with local waters, which are both classic wells and hot springs, has made it possible to create a whole range of medical services aimed at eliminating problems such as:
- Diseases of the stomach and intestines;
- Orthopedic disorders;
- Disorders of the genitourinary system;
- Respiratory diseases;
- Metabolic disorders.
In addition to classical methods, local sanatoriums use:
- Peat wraps;
In addition to the sanatoriums themselves, there are also interesting sightseeing objects in Jermuk, both in the city and beyond. Among these places:
- Jermuk waterfall;
- Gallery of mineral waters;
- Arpi Gorge;
- Monastery Gndevank;
- Church of Saint Gayane.
The city of Sevan may not be as popular as the lake of the same name, but together they form the most popular resort region, which compensates for Armenia’s lack of access to the sea. Moreover, the reservoir is considered one of the official symbols of the country, and now the summer recreation industry is actively developing here.
Few resorts in the world have high-altitude beaches, but for Lake Sevan, located at an altitude of 1900 meters above sea level, this is commonplace. Each equipped sector of the coast belongs to a certain hotel, sanatorium or holiday home. Boat moorings, piers, inventory rental points and many other facilities have been built around the perimeter.
Among the hotel complexes with access to the water, or located nearby, tourist observers note:
- “Country House”;
- “Cross Sevan”;
- “Best Western Bohemian”.
There are many villages scattered around the lake with ancient temples, monastic complexes and other objects, which, if desired and have transport, can be bypassed in a couple of days. Some of the most important places to visit are:
- Monastery Sevanavank;
- Hayravank Monastery;
- Medieval cemetery Noratus;
- Vanevan Necropolis.