Seasons of Armenia
Armenia experiences two natural phenomena unique to mountainous regions: the eternal spring of the valleys and hillsides, with wildflowers blooming well into August, and the eternal winter of the snow-capped crests of the country’s tallest mountains.
Spring begins early in the Ararat Valley, with irises, tulips and gladioli, blooming in March. Meanwhile, further north, around Tsaghkadzor, steady snowfalls allow for a lively ski season from the end of November until April. Spring rains give way to fair weather and by late June, Yerevan begins its hot season while the rest of the country, especially in the most mountainous regions, experiences a mild summer climate. By summer, the wildflowers of the Ararat Valley have reached their peak and started to wilt, giving the countryside a tan desert overlay.
Autumn is truly a glorious season in Armenia, bringing in a refreshingly mild climate. The fall harvest brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as grapes, pomegranates, blackberries, quince, walnuts and pumpkins. September and October are pleasant months, with long warm days and cool nights.
As would be expected of most mountainous regions, winters in Armenia are cold. The country experiences heavy snowfalls, perfect for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, and the white, blanketed landscape is ideal for the adventurous, who wish to test themselves against nature’s extremes. Armenians have perfected survival in these extremes, and enjoy the fruits of the autumn harvest throughout the winter months, in the form of homemade jams, compotes and sun-dried preserves.