When we often think about taking a trip to Europe, the great tourist powers of the Old Continent always come to mind, such as Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom or Greece, Although the reality is that there are many other countries that are not so well known in this regard that are also ideal to visit, such as the case of Armenia. This Caucasus nation is rarely taken into account when talking about tourism, but you can see real wonders there.

This country adjacent to Turkey is in the lower-middle zone of Europe’s tourism ranking, although in recent years it has experienced great growth in this regard: according to the Armenian Tourism Committeein 2023 more than two million people visited the country, which is 39% more than in 2022. Of course, almost 70% comes from three places: Russia (50%), Georgia (11%) and Iran (7%). Even so, this historic region of the Caucasus has many reasons to visit it.


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The essential places to visit in Armenia

Yerevan.
Yerevan.

The main city to visit in Armenia is its capital, Yerevan, a city whose origin dates back to the 8th century BC and which is known by the nickname ‘Pink City’ due to the color of the tuff stone with which numerous buildings were erected. You should not miss visiting the Opera, Republic Square and Abovyan Avenue, as well as going up to Mount Ararat, the place where Noah’s Ark stayed, to have a beautiful panoramic view.

Geghard Monastery.
Geghard Monastery.

Very close to Yerevan is one of the country’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Geghard Monastery. Located in the upper Azat valley, This complex houses several churches and medieval funerary monuments that are carved into the rock. Furthermore, just ten kilometers away stands the extraordinary Garni Temple, a construction from the 1st century that is reminiscent of the most spectacular Greek temples.


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Armenia is characterized by having a large number of medieval religious temples, some of enormous beauty, such as the Jor Virap Monastery, Tatev Monasteryeither the Noravank church complex, In this country of the Caucasus, churches, monasteries, cathedrals and sanctuaries are present throughout its territory.

Haghpat Monastery
Haghpat Monastery

The other two places in Armenia that have been listed as World Heritage Sites are also religious: the Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries, located in the Tumanian region. They were important cultural centers until the 13th century and are a perfect example of Byzantine architecture of the Caucasus. It has also been worthy of being considered by UNESCO of special interest the cathedral and churches of Echmiatsin, just like him Zvarnotz archaeological site, the archetype of Armenian temples.

Armenia not only stands out for its impressive churches and monasteries, among which you can make magnificent hiking trails, but it also has some natural environments spectacular, such as the Lake Sevan, one of the largest freshwater reservoirs on the entire planet. Located in the national park of the same name, at the top of a mountain, it is one of the most extraordinary enclaves that can be seen in all of Europe.

Lake Sevan.
Lake Sevan.

What is the best time of year to travel to Armenia?

There are two perfect times to discover all the wonders of Armenia, which are Fall and Spring. Of course, if you are a cold lover, visit its most incredible places under the snow It can also be a completely unique experience. Furthermore, since it is not a very large country, It doesn’t take more than a week to know it thoroughly.

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