Yerevan 2800 Morning Marathon
Oct 21 began with a morning marathon, thus putting start to the Yerevan 2800 celebration ranges. Enjoy the Video!
Armenia, the Vineyards of Noah
Rows of vineyards cover the foot of Mount Ararat. Armenian wine was developed with Christianity, but its history goes back to ancient times.
II International Tea and Coffee Festival19 - 20 Oct
On October 19-20, 2018 Yerevan will host the annual Festival of Tea and Coffee at Swan Lake.
International Contemporary Art Exhibition 2018 (ICAE2018) in Armenia25 Sep - 26 Oct
Learn more about the International Contemporary Art Exhibition coinciding with Yerevan’s 2800th anniversary.
Win Tickets to Coca-Cola Yerevan Marathon 2018
Armenia and Travel in collaboration with Coca-Cola Yerevan Marathon 2018, is announcing a CONTEST for all active lifestyle lovers out there.
Francophonie days in Yerevan: A quick photo report
October 11 Let us have a quick recap of the past few days of Francophonie held in Yerevan. The city center abounded in the joyous crowd enjoying events and performances organized.
The 17th Francophonie Summit kicked off in Yerevan
October 11, 2018 The 17th Francophonie Summit kicked off. The event is organized at Karen Demirchyan Complex at the highest level.
“Armenia!” Exhibit Opens at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Watch a preview of "Armenia!" the first major exhibition to explore the remarkable artistic and cultural achievements of the Armenian people in a global context.
Tsitsernakaberd: the Armenian Genocide Memorial
The Armenian Genocide is an open wound for the entire nation as well as the diaspora. Every year on April 24, Armenians all around the world pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Genocide at Tsitsernakaberd Memorial.
One of the most beautiful squares in the world, Republic Square in Yerevan embodies the Armenian culture, the creative mind of Armenian architects, as well as the national richness of Armenia, as it is home to the most valuable museums and also the government houses.
Opera and Ballet Theatre
Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, commonly referred to as “Opera”, is one of the iconic landmarks of Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.
Armenian-French legend Charles Aznavour dies at the age of 94
French-Armenian chansonnier Charles Aznavour, who has been a true hero for Armenia, is dead at the age of 94.
Armenian Gata Makes it into the Guinness Book of Records.
In honor of the 2800th anniversary of Yerevan, Armenians baked the world’s biggest gata.
UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on Armenia
While answering questions during a live stream, United Nations' Secretary-General António Guterres, talkes about Armenia as a model of a peaceful revolution.
New York Times article about Armenia: "My Armenia"
A poet returns to his ancestral country where, after the recent “velvet revolution,” the sense of a new era is palpable.
Yerevan Color Run 201830 Sep
The brightest and most colorful 5-kilometer run awaits you in Yerevan once again this September. Are you ready for Yerevan Color Run 2018?
Do you want to walk in the remnants of 2800-year-old castle that later gave birth to the capital city Yerevan? If yes, you should definitely visit Erebuni fortress!
Angela Merkel's Extraordinary Visit to Armenia
At first sight, German Chancellor’s visit to Armenia might seem a formal event, until the point when she was kindly doing selfies with Armenian youth on one of the crowded avenues of Yerevan, North Avenue.
Independence Day of Armenia21 Sep
Learn the history of the most important holiday in Armenia and get ready to celebrate it.
Autumn in Armenia
From colorful dense forests to fun and loud festivals, autumn in Armenia is the time of the year to go all out.
Sevan Music Fest11 Aug
One thing that never gets old is music by the lakeside. Sevan Music Festival invites you to enjoy live music on the shores of Lake Sevan. Gain new emotions and make great memories!
Welcome to Armenia’s capital Yerevan, a city with 2800 years of history, yet one of the most modern and dynamic capitals, situated in the middle of Europe and Asia.
The widespread question of “What shall you see and visit once in Yerevan” gets the answer “Surely, Cascade” almost 99% of the time. And here you are, welcome to Cascade!
Annual Artsakh Wine Festival15 Sep
September 15 forecast in Artsakh – 100% chance of wine! Come to Togh village in Artsakh and enjoy one of the greatest wine events of the year.
Located in Tavush, the Lastiver district is a paradise on earth! It’s a place where you can escape from the hot heat and the city noise, a place where no one will be able to disturb your leisure.
The Most Instagrammable Places in Armenia
We travel not only to relax, but also to capture new experiences in order to remember them for life. You can’t possibly memorize all of your experiences while traveling so we compiled the best places in Armenia for incredible photoshoots.
17th Summit of Francophonie in Yerevan: Living Together07 - 12 Oct
17th Summit of Francophonie will take place in Yerevan on October 11 and 12. High ranking officials from top francophone countries will be in the limelight.
Areni Wine Festival 201806 Oct
Hey, wine lovers, here comes the greatest festival dedicated to Armenian wine making, taking place in Areni, Vayots Dzor region.
Armenia - one of the safest countries to travel in 2018
Are you traveling alone or with your family? Then you might want to consider to travel to Armenia, one of the safest countries on Earth according to the U.S State Department system. Along with beautiful landscapes and historical sites, Armenia offers full sense security for any visitor.
Top 5 Spa Destinations in Armenia
Travelers from all around the world head to Armenia to relax and experience the world famous healing resorts. From detox programs to mineral waters with healing properties - Armenia has it all. Prepare to pack your bags as we present to you the top 5 spa destinations in Armenia that you must visit.
Armenia on the Crossroad of Peace08 - 12 Sep
Encouraging cultural exchange through peaceful interactions and dialogue, Armenia organizes the annual “Armenia on the Crossroad of Peace” folk festival.
“Cultural Revival” Arts and Crafts Festival09 Sep
In the days of globalization, it is quite exciting to hear about local cultures and traditions. What if we say you can experience the varieties of genuine Armenian culture all in one place?
Gata Festival 201822 Sep
You do not actually need a reason to eat Gata, but when there is a special festival for this delicious Armenian dessert, you simply have to participate and enjoy the taste.
Art Lover’s Guide to Yerevan
Wondering which museums you should visit in Armenia? We have a list tailored just for you
Erebuni-Yerevan 280020 - 21 Oct
Take a vacay straight to Armenia! We will be celebrating the 2800th birthday of our capital Yerevan. Oct 20-21, 2018
EPIC EYE Festival17 - 19 Aug
Get ready to enjoy music and art throughout 3 days, from August 17 to 19, in one of Armenia’s resort towns, Tsaghkadzor.
Bollywood Actors Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem Take Over Armenia
Famous Bollywood actors Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem choose Armenia for their birthday trip.
Levon Arakelyan’s Divine Cave
A simple request to create a potato cellar turned into a lifelong commitment of creating a stunning network of caves for Levon Arakelyan.
Flying Lanterns Festival01 Aug
Armenia's upcoming flying lanterns festival is a must-see for travelers and locals alike.
Honey and Berry Festival11 - 12 Aug
On August 11-12, the city of Berd, Tavush region will host Honey and Berry Festival. Can you think of a sweeter festival?
Barbeque Festival18 Aug
Barbeque lovers, August 18 will be yours to enjoy. Just come to Akhtala and witness the “Khorovats” (Armenian equivalent for barbeque) Festival with your own eyes.
Yerevan Beer Festival 201818 - 19 Aug
Yerevan Beer Festival 2018 to turn Swan Lake into small Bavaria
1000 Years of Village Life Festival30 Sep
Have you ever wished to escape from the daily urban life and feel what it is like to live in a countryside? Come to 1000 Years of Village Life Festival on September 30 and enjoy these two days as a “villager”.
Yerevan Taraz Festival 201804 Aug
Armenian traditional clothing will take over the streets once again in August, during Taraz Festival 2018.
Popular Travel Vlogger Nas Daily is in Armenia
Nas Daily takes his daily travel vlogs to Armenia and you can become part of them too.
Golden Apricot International Film Festival Comes to the Stage for the 15th Time08 - 15 Jul
Film lovers should be extremely happy to find themselves in Armenia from July 8 to 15, because the annual Golden Apricot International Film Festival is again a reality.
Hartak Festival 201807 - 08 Jul
Make sure to book July 7 and 8 for Hartak Festival’s intense, joyful and unforgettable weekend in Gyumri.
Summer in Armenia
Looking for a perfect summer getaway to quench your thirst for adventure? Head to Armenia!
World Football Stars Will Bring the World Cup 2018 to Yerevan
On July 8, legends of international football from Europe and Latin America are coming to Yerevan for the "Legends' Match".
Huso Aragast20 - 22 Jul
Summertime and Music festivals are on the favorite list of Summer goals; the almighty vibrations of music, happy faces of people, cheerful mood, new experience and emotions.
Yell Extreme Magic Birthday21 - 22 Jul
Do you love nature, extreme and fun all at the same time? If yes, come to Yell Extreme Park to celebrate the Park’s 3rd anniversary on July 21 and 22.
Raspberry Festival28 Jul
On July 28, Armenia will host the cutest festival where raspberry collectors will present their fresh raspberries and other traditional dishes. If you are wondering what to do in Armenia, the Raspberry Festival is surely the answer.
Mulberry Festival07 Jul
Get ready for Mulberry festival that features pavilions of traditional Armenian cuisine, vodka, and souvenirs!
Win a Trip to Armenia!
Take part in the raffle and win a trip to Armenia for two. Don't miss the chance to explore the country of unforgettable emotions. The forms submission end on August 1, 2018.
Ecotourism Festival 201823 - 24 Jun
On June 23-24, Armenia will celebrate the annual ecotourism festival, organized since 2016. Vayots Dzor region, where the festival will take place, will be rich in food, sports and its essential - raw nature. The atmosphere will be eco-friendly only.
What Did I Miss on Fashion Forum Yerevan 2018?
Did you miss Fashion Forum Yerevan 2018? Don't worry, here's a quick recap of the event.
Fashion Forum Yerevan 201803 - 04 Jun
European Union supports the first-of-its-kind Fashion Forum in Armenia.
HayBuis Festival30 Jun
Nature and ecology are two of the many reasons why tourists come to Armenia. This beautiful festival called “Hay Buis” (translated as Armenian Herb) promotes ecological thinking through fun and educational activities.
The Biblical mountain Ararat is the sacred national pride and national symbol of Armenia.
Elton John visits Armenia. And Here is the Purpose.
On May 26, world-famous singer Elton John arrived in Armenia, although not for a concert, but for a humanitarian cause.
The Centennial of the First Republic of Armenia28 May
May 28, 2018 marks the centennial of the first Republic of Armenia. On this day in 1918 Armenian National Council declared the independence of the Republic of Armenia. This day is one of the most beloved Armenian holidays out there.
Welcome to Armenia Official Tourism Website
Our mission is to help you to get around Armenia, see all its beauty, and make great memories.
Armenia. Parts Unknown.
CNN, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown | CNN announced that the episode of its original series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” that was shot in Armenia and Artsakh will air on May 20 2018 on the cable network.
What Did I Miss on Yerevan Wine Days 2018?
Did you Visit Yerevan Wine Days 2018? No? Here’s What You’ve Missed.
Yerevan Wine Days 2018
Discover a new side of the Armenian culture, through hundreds of Armenia’s finest wines, gourmet food and lovely music.
The Armenian Genocide: How Tourists Can Get Involved?
The Armenian Genocide is an open wound for the entire nation as well as the diaspora. Every year on April 24, Armenians all around the world commemorate the memory of the victims of the Genocide. Armenia transforms completely throughout the day allowing tourists to explore the open wounds of the people and this important piece of history.
Sheep Shearing Festival09 Jun
Here is another reason to travel to Armenia. Join the annual festival to explore the traditions and culture of Vayots Dzor and Syunik regions.
Tolma Festival20 May
Join the very festival to explore one of the traditional dishes of Armenian cuisine and taste the varities of tolma.
Top 10 Things To Do in Armenia During Winter
Planning a trip to Armenia this winter? With so much to do and to see in Armenia during the winter months, it’s a great time to visit. The winter season exposes different aspects about Armenia that you can never experience in the summer. To make your winter holidays in Armenia unforgettable, we selected our top ten essential experiences for you.
Get interactive! Download the digital media to explore Armenia on your tablet or phone.
NEWS OF THE MONTH! Kochari on UNESCO Heritage List
The 12th session of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has added the Armenian traditional dance Kochari on its “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” list.
The traditional group dance inscribed in 2017 (12.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Get the most out of your experience in Armenia...hire a tour guide to get the most fascinating and exclusive stories of each beautiful and historic site.
Skiing in Armenia is a wonderful option if you want to experience winter adventure on a budget.
The duduk (doo-dook) is an ancient double-reed woodwind flute made of apricot wood. It is indigenous to Armenia.
Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin and Archeological Site of Zvartnots, 2000
Echmiadzin, the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church, developed in Tiridates’ city of Vagharshapat.
Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley, 2000
The spear, or True Lance, that pierced Christ’s side was once held in Geghard (Spear, in Armenian) Monastery.
Whether you're looking to see a traditional Armenian dance performance, a comedic quirky play, or one of the classic operas, Armenia has many theatres that feature shows of all kinds each night.
There are plenty of international hotels in Yerevan if you are looking for a chained-brand name. There, they will be able to accommodate all of your needs to make you feel truly comfortable.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option and you don’t mind sharing facilities, staying in a hostel could be a great option for you. Although the popular low-cost alternative is often aimed at backpackers, many modern hostels have private rooms and en-suite bathrooms.
If you're looking for a more intimate experience during your stay, B&Bs have become quite popular in Armenia. There are B&Bs in every city and town that offer more unique and personal touches to your accommodation.
Stay in a hotel and there will be an option available to suit every budget and taste! So whether you choose a place that is in the heart of the city action or somewhere peaceful in the countryside, they'll be a unique hotel for you!
Bars and Pubs
Enjoy a glass of Karas wine at a wine bar, a bottle of Kilikia beer at a local pub, or a fun cocktail at an upscale club– whatever you are in the mood for, there is a place for you to catch up with old friends or meet some new people!
Restaurants and Cafes
You will never have trouble finding a place to eat or relax and have a coffee in Yerevan. The streets are lined with countless restaurants and cafes for your choosing. What are you in the mood for?
Explore an Ancient Cave City in Armenia
Smithsonian.com | Residents lived in Old Khndzoresk up until the 1950s
Armenian Wine and Spirits
As a country famous for its brandy and cognac, Armenia remains in a leading position in the international market.
10 Armenian Must-Try Dishes
There is no lack of interesting and tasty food for you to try in Armenia. From traditional Armenian dishes, modern twists on the classics, and other international cuisines, finding delicious food will never be a problem.
The Halidzor Berd (Fortress) is a fortified complex located on top of a hill by the Voghji River overlooking Kapan. It was built in the 17th century
The Baghaberd Fortress is located near the Andokavan village. The building is connected to Baghak, grandchild of Sisak, a prince of 1700 BC who according to legend is an ancestor of the Syunik progeny.
The Fortress of Akhtala was built in the tenth century by Gurgen (Kyurikeh) Bagratuni. It was erected on a large promontory.
Armenian landscapes are perfectly created for adventure tourism. Those who are interested in mountain climbing will find many diverse opportunities to hike and climb the beautiful landscapes.
Take yourself back thousands of years and witness the stone engravings from ancient cultures inside the caves and on the rocks of mountains. This is where ancient civilizations started...
Armenia is scattered with thousands of religious monuments that are ornately designed and beautiful detailed. Keep an eye out for the delicate patterns and precise carvings in stone...
Hot Springs of Armenia
Armenia is home to thousands of thermal hot springs set in the middle of stunning and calming scenery. Hot springs are a great way to relax and enjoy nature and its natural healing elements.
While there are many historical and cultural sites to see in Armenia, the small resort towns, surrounded by alpine meadows, await the winter sports lovers.
Armenia is a perfect place for active leisure lovers. You will reach almost impassable or even missing mountain roads on the edges of huge gorges on cross-country vehicles.
GYUMRI, ARMENIA'S HISTORIC GEM
Rebirth Armenia | Gyumri's historic center is slowly being restored, and in the year since we first visited much has been finished, though there are still many historic buildings that need work.
Hot Air Ballooning
Armenia may be the most beautiful area in the world for a balloon flight. Explore the country, as you’ve never seen it before!
To all the extreme-lovers! Grab your backpack and rush to mountainous Armenia – a hotspot of adventure travel due to its cutting-edge sports facilities. Get ready to soar from Armenian ziplines with open eyes to capture all its beauty.
It’s true: Armenia is a museum under the open skies. You’ll be amazed by the great number of natural, historical and archeological marvels the country has to offer to you. Get to see even more of Armenia’ natural wonders should you venture to go deeper… into the caves.
Caves of the Ancient World
With more than 10,000 caves in the country, there's a cave for every history enthusiast or adventure seeker in Armenia. Learn about ancient civilizations and experience the thrill of exploring natural formations.
Ancient Astronomical Sites
Armenia is one of the cradles of ancient science and astronomical knowledge. There is much to see and learn about the development of astronomy in Armenia and how it impacted scientific knowledge throughout the world today.
One of the remaining structures of evidence of ancient Armenian history is its fortresses. Many of Armenia’s fortresses were destroyed by the enemy or by earthquakes, but there are several fortresses that survived that can still be visited today...
A Taste of the Wild Side: Finding Local Flavor in Armenia’s Edible Highlands
Smithsonian.com | Armenia’s national cuisine is so diverse, in fact, that what may be considered a traditional dish abroad may not be commonly eaten in Armenia.
A Wonderful Legacy
Repat Armenia | Speaking of khachkars, these beautiful Armenian crosses can be found in many places besides the old monasteries. Though they originally served as gravestones, they have since become an artform in and of themselves and can be found displayed in many places including parks all over Yerevan and memorials worldwide.
Things to See and Do
Explore Armenia… The majestic beauty of its towering mountains, beautiful topography, rich heritage and culture, delicious food, historic sites dating back thousands of years, adventures…
Why travel to Armenia ?
Lost With Purpose | Why travel to Armenia? Because it’s a small, scrappy country that is a hotbed for history, lush as can be, and filled with some of the nicest people in the world. Don’t leave Armenia off of your list the next time you’re planning a vacation or backpacking adventure.
See Yerevan Through a Local’s Lens
Smithsonian.com | From century-old doors to winding streets and back alleys decorated with street art. If you search “Yerevan,” you see all the landmarks. Nothing interesting is there. If you search Instagram, you see user photos that are not professional, but they show you the real city.
How Churchill Rescued the Life of an Armenian?
“Never be late for dinner, smoke Havana cigars and drink Armenian brandy” - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.
The Ancient Silk Road by Private Jet
National Geographic | Chart the course of history along the world's most famous trade routes, where ancient cities and cultures have flourished and still resonate with their unique and glorious legacies.
9 Common Customs & Superstitions in Armenia
Repat Armenia | Like any country, Armenia has its customs that make up the subtleties of our daily lives. Some superstitions find their way into our mannerisms so stealthily we often forget their meaning.
built for Princess Khatun (also known as Mamakhatun), the wife of Prince Vache Vachutian, Tegher Monastery or Tegheri Vank is an early 13th c. monastery located on the south-eastern slopes of Mount Aragats.
Mount Ara, named a er the mythical Armenian hero Ara the Beautiful, is an extinct volcano located northeast of Ashtarak, on the border with Kotayk. From a distance, the outline of the mountain resembles a man lying with the hands folded on his chest.
Why a Modern Cosmetics Company Is Mining Armenia’s Ancient Manuscripts
Smithsonian.com | There is something remarkable about the communities that line the former Silk Road. Bound together by a shared natural environment, there is a reservoir of knowledge here, safeguarded and passed down from one generation to the next.
10 World’s Oldest Things From Armenia
PeopleOfAr | Some of the oldest continuously living things in the world.
Armenia, where natural beauty, wine and brandy trump a troubled past and a volatile present
Economic Time | Yerevan has street art-splashed alleys and leafy boulevards sprouting olive, cherry and mulberry trees. Cafés and wine bars remain open until early morning as punters hold chinwag over coffee and gelatos. Locals and tourists stroll along promenades or congregate around musical fountains prancing to classical tunes.
48 hours in Yerevan, Armenia
Lonely Planet | A weekend in this manageable and safe city is easy alone or with a company, and its big-hearted locals will leave you feeling the great hug of Yerevan long after you’ve left. Find out how to spend 48 hours in this fascinating city.
Are you an adventure lover? Welcome to Armenia
Self Travel Guide | If you love adventure tourism, then Armenia is the country, where you can find adventures in all 4 seasons of the year. Armenia is located in north-eastern part of Armenian Highland, surrounded with numerous massifs.
Sustainable tourism in Armenia
Balcani e Caucaso | Tatev is recognized as a UNESCO Outstanding Universal Value, and the preservation of the monastery and the environment in which it is located are Armenia's binding commitments.
“Armenian Public Radio” Brings Nirvana Attitude to the Folklife Festival
Armenian-American culture and music has a distinctly multicultural flavor due to the experiences of so many refugees spending years (or even generations) in other countries before settling here. An Armenian-American trio performs traditional folk songs with a modern American sensibility.
“If you want to know Armenia, you must come to Gyumri,” is a statement profoundly believed by all citizens of Shirak’s capital town. ere is signi cant devotion and dedication in the Gyumretsis’ love of their city, which went om being one of the country’s most vibrant areas to become one of the most tragic.
History in a Glass: (Re)discovering Armenian Wine
What makes a wine Armenian? With more than six-thousand-year-old history of viniculture, Armenian wines are gaining popularity.
Kalavan: A Village Reborn In Armenia
Chai-khana | At the top of a twisting, eight-kilometer-long dirt road in northeastern Armenia lives a man with a vision for his mountain village. The concept is simple: See opportunities in obstacles. Hundreds of people have decided the same over the past two decades and left Kalavan – a trend seen throughout underdeveloped rural Armenia.
One Photographer’s Personal Endeavor to Track Down Survivors of the Armenian Genocide, 100 Years Later
Smithsonian.com | Mount Ararat - a centerpiece of Armenian folklore and religious history where Noah’s Ark is said to have landed that evokes pride and a sense of place.
Star-Studded Photos Reveal the Beauty of Armenia’s Ancient Landscapes
Smithsonian.com | Widely known for his close-up images of human and animal eyes, Manvelyan brings a sense of a wonder to all of his photography projects—from macroscopic portraits to faraway galaxies glistening above historic ruins.
Gata Fest 2017
This year on 15 September the guests of the event tasted the world's biggest and the most toothsome gata, as well as other dishes of Armenian national cuisine.
Areni Wine Festival 2017
One of the most famous events of the Armenia's calendar – Areni Wine Fest gathered all the wine lovers to explore the ancient art of winemaking and got the chance to taste the products of the best Armenian winemakers, as well as to enjoy the unique Armenian wine at the origin of the grape variety "Areni".
The “Breakthrough Strategy” Seminar of Legendary Brian Tracy28 Oct
Canadian-born American motivational public speaker and self-development author Brain Tracy will be in Armenia.
How Armenia Plans to Become the Next World-Class Hiking Destination
Smithsonian.com | Epic new trails in Armenia’s Caucasus Mountain Range are putting the country’s outdoor offerings on the map.
Reanimania Yerevan International Animation Film and Comics Art Festival28 Oct - 03 Nov
One of the most important emerging festivals, receiving over a thousand film submissions and attracting tens of thousands from around the world.
Yerevan Jazz Fest 201726 Oct
The jazzest event in Armenia – Yerevan Jazz annual international jazz festival.
Hidden Places in Yerevan
Do you think you have seen everything Yerevan has to offer or maybe have all the destinations already on your travel bucket list? Check out our list of cozy places in Yerevan and discover places you didn’t know existed! Sometimes the most hidden spots are the most delightful.
Popular Things To Do In Armenia!
Holiday Me | Armenia has a rich history spanning 3000 years and boasts of an extensive rich culture, folklore and traditions. Armenia is also one of the least visited and explored countries in the world.
9 Reasons To Make Yerevan Your Next Digital Nomading Basecamp
Medium | I’m writing this because I’ve been watching this city develop over the best part of a decade, and I’ve seen how Yerevan has come into alignment with the needs of the modern-day digital nomad. And I want to share what I know with you, lest you be looking for somewhere a little more off the beaten track to spend a few months.
Shopping In Armenia: Insider Tips To Buying The Best Souvenirs Here!
Holiday Me | If you want to savour an authentic experience shopping in Armenia, especially handmade goods, handicrafts and antiques, Armenia is right up your alley.
Top Ancient Sites for Stargazing
National Geographic | From petroglyphs to castles carved into hilltops, explore our night sky through our ancestors at these amazing archaeological sites.
Why Armenia Should be Your Next Travel Destination!
Masala | It’s strange that despite an overwhelming history, inspiring culture and stunning natural beauty, Armenia hasn’t found itself on the world’s best travel destinations list yet. This Caucasian nation has a rich heritage laced with art and mind-blowing architecture that sits comfortably with its modern outlook making it a wonderful country to discover. A place that leaves you intrigued by its history, amazed by its monuments and charmed by its simplicity, travelling here is a mix of the old and the new.
Armenia’s Cave Village, Old Khndzoresk Beckons with Spectacular Hikes
Argophilia Travel News | Once upon a time, Khndzoresk was Eastern Armenia’s jewel, a large, prosperous village, with a particular character given by its artificial caves built into the rock as homes, stables, and warehouses. These dwellings were inhabited till late in the 1950s, and today they stand as a reminder of the past and a tourist attraction unlike any other in this part of the world.
10 Armenian Mobile Apps to Have when Traveling to Armenia
Self Travel Guide | If you travel a lot and now you want to travel in Armenia then you will need different sources to get information, destination maps, and so on. That’s why we advise you to check the list of mobile apps you probably will need while traveling in Armenia.
The official tourism website of Armenia is created with the generous support of Tashir Charitable Foundation.
The Yandex.Taxi app is a quick, easy, and safe way to order a taxi. No calls, no waiting on hold — just one tap, and your order is sent to an available driver closest to you so they can reach you as quickly as possible.
Winter is Coming!
Armenia is a winter wonderland! Many regions of Armenia are covered with white fluffy snow, the cities are veiled in festive decorations, and the feeling of warmth, joy and hospitality set the tone for the coming winter holidays.
Meaning “the valley of flowers," Tsaghkadzor is a city located in the Kotayk Region, 5 km north-east of the province center of Hrazdan. It is a loved tourist destination for all seasons.
Yell Extreme Park
As the first extreme amusement park in Armenia, Yell Extreme Park gives an opportunity to do extreme sports without the requirement of being a professional.
Dilijan resort nested within Dilijan National Park is the major draw to the province. Known as the “little Armenian Switzerland”, the town was a famous summer resort in Soviet times and a favorite resting place for writers and artists.
Explore 10 Most Beautiful Must See Landscapes in Armenia
The Culture Trip | Armenia - rich in natural, historical and cultural landscapes, offers countless fascinating attractions to the curious and adventurous traveler.
10 Amazing Things To See And Do In Yerevan, Armenia
The Culture Trip | As the capital city of culturally-rich and historic Armenia, it is no wonder that boredom is virtually impossible for visitors of Yerevan. There is simply so much to do in what is a geographically compact space, and it can be quite hectic planning out the days of your visit. To help with your planning, we put together a variety of the 10 most amazing things that you must see and do when in Yerevan, ranging from historic to cultural to culinary interest.
8 of the Best Day Trips from Yerevan
Wanderlust Movement | Full day trips guide for visiting the most famous destinations of Armenia. Get all the information you will need to travel from Yerevan to different sites. Try to feel Armenia as it is. Travel alone or with friends and family, communicate with locals, walk, take pictures, breath the air, enjoy your life. Find more following the link.
12 Interesting Facts About Armenia That You Might Not Know
Sunrise Odyssey | Recently traveled to Armenia and discovered so many interesting things about this beautiful country! Here are some interesting things about Armenia that you might not know.
Lchak Restaurant Complex, Arpi
Located in Arpi Village, Vayots Dzor, Restaurant Lchak is a perfect place for rest, rich natural landscapes, and fantastic food.
Harsnasar Restorant Complex, Areni
With beautiful scenery, Harsnasar Restuarant Complex is near Areni village in the Vayots Dzor province.
Goris is an old town of 25,000 people characterized by the regionally representative architecture of the houses and its long tree-lined avenues.
The historic cave village, located on the steep slope of a gorge, is comprised of both natural and manmade caves. Even with the inhabiting community’s height, some estimates suggest that the population has grown to as many as 15,000 people.
Known as the "Armenian Stonehenge," Zorats Karer is a prehistoric archaeological site near the town of Sisian.
Areni Wine Factory
In 1994 Areni Wine factory was founded on the initiative of The Simonians in the Areni village of Vayots Dzor province with the aim of continuing and enriching ancestral wine making traditions.
A 6100-year-old winery that was discovered in 2007, the Areni-1 winery is located in a cave complex in the village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor province. The Areni-1 shoe was found in the same cave in 2008.
Situated on the bank of Arpa River, Areni is believed to be founded by Noah and his sons who planted the first grapes there.
Holy Mother of God Church, Areni
The 1321 church was commissioned by the same Bishop Hovhannes. It was designed by the architect, sculptor and miniaturist Momik
Vernissage – Yerevan’s Flea Market
REPAT ARMENIA | The Vernissage is the right place to get little taste of Armenia and a special spot to witness the fusion between national traditions and modern taste.
S. Grigor Bardzrakash Monastery
Bardzrakash S. Grigor Monastery is located about 2 km north of Dsegh Village. Dating from 1221 the monastery was constructed during the reign of Gregori IV and is regarded as one of the finest in the country.
Sevsar Ancient Astronomical Observatory
Armenia’s star gazing tradition is as old as recorded time. In Sevsar one may see an ancient observatory with a unique image of bolide carved on a huge stone block, astronomical calendars and pictograms from 3rd - 1st Millennia BCE.
Located along the southwest shores of Lake Sevan, Hayravank is a 9th to 12th century Armenian monastery. There are several magnificent kachkars in the churchyard and a small souvenir shop.
Sevan National Park
Covering the area of 147,300 hectares, Sevan National Park is a habitat for 1,145 species of high vascular plants.
This formidable 11th century walled monastery stands half ruined on an outcrop across the Garni River gorge from the village of Goght.
The Medieval Armenian architectural monument Mayravank is located on the front hill of Solak village.
The fortress of Bjni, which can only be reached from the village of Bjni, was built in the 9th to 10th centuries by the royal Pahlavuni family of the Bagratuni Dynasty.
The canyon is believed to be formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions followed by rapid cooling which led to the formation of unique rock formations which are similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
On a peninsula above one of the most popular beaches in Armenia lies the very simple monastery of Sevanavank, one of the most visited sites in Armenia.
A masterpiece of Middle Ages constructed between 641 – 661 A.D., this temple was an important example of Armenian architecture.
Holy Mother of God Church
The “Mother of God” church is the Vatican of Armenia, also known as Etchmiadzin.
Aghjots Vank Monastery
Aghjots Vank is а 13th-century monastery situated along а tributary of the Azat River Valley within the Khosrov State Reserve, located a half mile walk from the hamlet of Mets Gilanlar.
Kakavaberd is one of the few Armenian fortresses that are still relatively well-preserved, making it a great travel destination.
Khosrov Forest State Reserve
Khosrov Forest State Reserve, which covers 23213.5 hectares, is one of the oldest protected areas in the world and the largest natural reserve in the country. It was first established by King Khosrov III, a Christian monarch, around the year 330 in order to improve climatic conditions in the nearby city of Artashat.
Perched atop the Kasakh River, a wonderful example of Armenian Apostolic Church architecture in the village of Ohanavan.
2300m above sea level, "The Fortress in the Clouds" is a perfect example of Armenian fortress construction.
5 Best Restaurants With Outdoor Seating in Yerevan
One of the first things you notice when you walk around Yerevan is that most meals can be enjoyed outside, whether you're at café or a fine-dining restaurant. But the very best outdoor dining? Here are the best restaurants for outdoor dining in Yerevan.
Vayots Dzor has one of the most rugged landscapes in Armenia, with vegetation struggling to cling to the towering rock cliffs!
The Syunik marz is located in the center of Armenia, with its largest urban center Kapan situated 301 km from Yerevan. The floating plateaus, soaring mountain peaks and jarringly deep gorges of the Syunik Marz (region in Armenian) make up one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Caucasus.
The Gegharkunik marz is located in the eastern part of Armenia, with its largest urban center Garvar situated 92 km from Yerevan. At nearly two kilometers altitude, with a surface area of 940 sq km, Lake Sevan is a vast and stunning alpine lake that is the outstanding feature of the Gegharkunik marz (region).
The Ararat marz is located in the western part of Armenia, with its largest urban center Artashat situated 29 km from Yerevan. Ararat is named after the biblical mountain towering over its plains, is an important agricultural region of Armenia.
The Tavush marz is located in the northeast part of Armenia, with its largest urban center Ijevan situated 136 km from Yerevan. Tavush is known for its lush green forest-covered mountains, and the wealth of attractions hidden in the folds and crevices of its mountains and valleys.
The Shirak marz is located in the northwest part of Armenia, with its largest city Gyumri situated 115 km from Yerevan.
The Lori marz is located in the northern part of Armenia, with the country’s third largest city Vanadzor situated 112 km from Yerevan.
The Armavir marz is located in the western part of Armenia, 44 km from Yerevan. Armavir is home to the spiritual center of the Armenian people, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
The history of Aragatsotn, or the “foot of Aragats” as the name translates, can be traced to the time when the volcano was still quite active. The province is blessed with an astonishing array of historical monuments.
The Aivazovsky Exhibition will Open in Yerevan
The first month of autumn will be a significant month for art lovers, as the exhibition of the famous marine painter, Ivan Aivazovsky, will open in Yerevan.
Off the Beaten Path. The Secret of Mount Aragats.
Natural anomaly, miracle or interference of extraterrestrial civilizations? Scientists are struggling to solve the secret of the mountain road. This part of the route is on the way to Aragats, where the 7th century fortress Amberd is located.
UNESCO World Heritage In Armenia
Armenian Sites and Objects Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
17 Reasons to Visit Armenia in 2017
Every season in Armenia has its own bright colors, beautiful nature, and amazing flavors. Here we present 17 reasons to visit Armenia in 2017.
First Christian Country
Armenia’s king, Trdat III adopted Christianity as the state religion in 301 AD, making Armenia the first Christian nation in the world. The story of Christianity becoming the state religion revolves around two central figures of Armenian history, King Tiridates III and St. Gregory the Illuminator.
Religious Sites of Armenia
As man appeared in the world, deities and religions appeared as well. Armenia has not only an ancient culture and rich history, but also a centuries-old history of religion.
This is a destination where you will be intrigued by history, awed by monuments, amazed by the landscape and charmed by down-to-earth locals.
Traveling to Armenia on a Budget
Armenia is a great destination for those who are traveling while on a budget. You will find most things to be quite affordable, from food, accommodations, getting around and activities.
Family Travel in Armenia
A myriad of fun and safe activities make Armenia an ideal place to visit during all seasons with your family. Unleash your inner child and have some fun!
Weddings and Honeymoons in Armenia
Armenia is the perfect destination for your wedding day as well as your honeymoon. Don't miss out on the chance to impress your guests and celebrate your beautiful union.
Business Tourism in Armenia
Enjoy the perfect balance of business and pleasure for your next corporate event. There are many places to hold meetings and conferences in the most vibrant parts of the city, where you can later easily enjoy a delicious meal or drink nearby.
Adventures in Armenia
The Armenian landscape, defined by its mountains, and consisting of seven different climate zones, is the ultimate destination for those who are inspired and invigorated by the great outdoors.
“Guest in a house - three days he’s a guest, on the forth - he’s a younger brother”. Hospitality is one of the brightest features of the culture of Armenian people. Guest is always offered the best of what there is in the house, the attention of the hosts is concentrated solely on him/her; he/she is surrounded by the cordial atmosphere.
Armenian Food and Beverages
Armenian food derives most of its magic from the great abundance, quality, and freshness of its locally sourced ingredients. Experiencing Armenia means trying all of the delicious meals it has to offer. Whether it's in a modern restaurant, a fast food spot, or a traditional home cooked meal – Armenia has many flavors to satisfy your tastebuds.
The city that is 29 years older than Rome is known today for breaking all stereotypes: the past is in absolute harmony with the present, and the traditional East goes hand in hand with the modern West.
The whole territory of Armenia is divided into ten regions, which are called "marz" (province).
10 Most Beautiful Churches in Armenia You Must Visit
Sunrise Odyssey | Armenia being one of the oldest countries in the world was also the first country to adopt Christianity as its state religion back in 301 AD (that’s more than 1,700 years ago!). Its millennium old monasteries can usually be found situated on highlands amongst picturesque landscapes where they are less vulnerable to attacks. Armenia, also known as the “land of churches”, has around 4,000 monasteries and churches. Here’s our curated list in random order for the 10 most beautiful churches in Armenia that you must visit at least once in your life!
An Insider's Guide to Yerevan: The City Where Kanye Likes to Swim in Swan Lake
The Guardian | Yerevan is one of the easiest places in the world to meet people and make connections. It’s a small town in many ways, and Armenians are extremely hospitable by nature, so the degrees of separation are more like two instead of six. It often takes a just few minutes at a bar for strangers to become friends and the endless drinking toasts to commence.
Armenia in the List of 6 Unexpected Cities for the Food Lover
National Geographic | Armenia is known for khorovats, meat grilled on a skewer, and the place to get the best khorovats in Yerevan is Proshyan Street (which becomes Paronyan Street). Barbecue Street, as it’s known, is lined with khorovats restaurants (try Urartu) and roadside grills.
Religious Tourism in Armenia
Along with man, deities and religions came into the world. Armenia, as one of the most ancient countries, not only has an ancient culture and rich history, but also ancient religious history, dating back centuries -- Christianity from 301 AD, and prehistoric pagan religions dating back centuries, BC.
Museum of the Battle of Musaler & Ethnography of Armenians
The slopes of Mount Musa (Musaler in Armenian) were covered in small Armenian villages since the early Middle Ages, inhabitants known for their love of independence and their courage to fight for their communities’ rights.
Azatan Liberation Fame Museum
The Liberation Fame Museum is dedicated to the soldiers who took part in World War II (the Great Patriotic War) and the Artsakh Liberation War.
Stephan Zoryan House-Museum
Stepan Zoryan was a Soviet Armenian writer and one of the three founders of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
Hovhannes Tumanyan Historic House Museum, Dsegh
The birthplace of widely loved Armenian poet, Hovhannes Tumanyan, in the village of Dsegh, turned into a Historic House Museum in 1939.
Sergei Parajanov Museum
The Sergey Parajanov Museum is a tribute to one of the greatest and most bizarre figures of 20th century world cinema.
Mozrov Cave was discovered by chance in 1976 during road construction in the area and therefore has not been completely mapped.
Mt. Aragats, a dormant stratovolcano and the tallest mountain in the country, offers some of the most challenging alpine landscape to those seeking it, and relaxed sightseeing accompanied by delicious food to those who aren’t.
The 3,300 meters in elevation is a beautiful mountaintop setting with a small lake, surrounded by even higher peaks, in a valley sprinkled with boulders.
Dilijan National Park
Surrounding the city of Dilijan, stretching between Pambak, Aregouni, Miapor, Ijevan and Halab with altitudes ranging between 1,070 and 2,900 meters, most of the territory lays across the Aregouni Mountain Range.
Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. With an altitude of 1,900 meters above sea level, it’s one of the highest lakes in the world. Camp by the lake and enjoy one of the many beaches along the shore.
On the outskirts of Dilijan lies the semi-buried Matosavank monastery, the forgotten in the forests of Armenia.
St. Hripsime Church
Built by order of Catholicos Komitas in 618. The legend of Hripsime dates from the early days of Christianity.
Tatev Monastery was an Armenian intellectual center where philosophers, musicians, painters, calligraphers, and monks lived. It is sited spectacularly above a sheer canyon wall with stunning views, and today most visitors arrive by way of the longest cable car in the world.
Sanahin Monastery, perched on the wooded mountain slopes of Mt. Chantin, is right across the gorge from Haghpat Monastery. Its name literally translates as "this one is older than that one", reminiscent of the bygone feuds of the kingdoms ruling each church.
Odzun Basilica Church
The domed basilica in Odzun was originally built in the mid-6th century, and rebuilt in 8th century by Catholicos Hovhanness II of Odzun, who as his title implies, was originally from this village. The architecturally significant basilica has a dome with an octahedral drum. Arch galleries extend on all facades except for the eastern one. The unusual funerary monument has two carved stelae between double arches, and was a gift from an Indian king around the 8th century.
The main church of this walled monastery complex was sponsored in 1201 by the brothers Zakhar and Ivan Zakharid, whose portraits are displayed on the church’s eastern wall. On the western side of the church is a large four-column gavit (built before 1224) with an exquisite stalactite floor and vaulted ceilings laden with mosaic designs.
Yereruyk Basilica Church
This 5th century basilica has undergone no major alterations, except for the rebuilding of the western gallery in ancient times. The three-nave structure on a six-stepped base represents the next step from more ancient and simpler buildings. Colonnades which used to stretch all along the southern, northern and western facades of the building no longer exist.
St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral
St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral of Yerevan is an ensemble of 3 churches which together seat nearly 2,000.
Located at the end of a spectacular blood-red canyon; home to two of Armenia’s most well known cave systems, a nesting eagle sanctuary, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
Nor Varagavank Monastery
In the rolling green hills of the remote Shamshadin region is the 13th century Nor Varagavank Monastery.
Saint Mesrop Mashtots Cathedral
Oshakan village’s Mesrop Mashtots Church was built in the 19th century, replacing a 5th century chapel built over the grave of the creator of the Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots, who died in 440. The church is a relatively plain basilica with a bell tower. The grave is in an underground chamber in the back of the church, and the grounds have a statue to Mashtots as well as large freestanding carvings of each of the letters in the Armenian alphabet.
Located deep inside the forest, the complex consists of three churches, gavit-halls, refectory, dwelling and service structures, defensive walls with a large arched gate.
Khor Virap Monastery
The famous pilgrimage site with a fascinating history and an iconic location at the foot of Mt. Ararat. This is where Christianity in Armenia all started...
Hidden in a verdant valley 13 km northeast of Dilijan, Haghartsin ('Dance of the Eagles') was built between the 10th and 13th centuries.
Located 75 kilometers north-east of Yerevan Goshavank carries the name of one of the most prominent Armenian figures, Mkhitar Gosh.
The thousand years old ancient monastery complex is a perfect place to visit on the way to Jermuk, or heading to southern Armenia.
The medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia is surrounded by cliffs and partially carved out of the adjacent mountain. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The symbol of pre-Christian Armenia – Garni is a pagan temple that sits on a cliff overlooking a ravine surrounded by mountains, making it one of the most iconic attractions in Armenia.
The Armenian heat is quite pleasant to experience but to cool off is an enjoyment too! If you are going to be in Armenia in the first week of July, on 8th of July, then we advise you go outside and join the national fun. What is waiting for you? Watering others and being “watered” yourself.
Festivals and Events
Armenian holidays, festivals, and events are so much fun that nobody ever would like to miss them. Whatever your interests are, from food to extreme sports, Armenia has a befitting festival or event.
Nature and Wildlife of Armenia
Hidden corners, ravenous cities and a secret – entrusted only to the gorge.
Health and Wellness Tourism in Armenia
More than 200 rivers and streams, fed by melting snow and natural mineral springs. The various resorts in Armenia offer all types of relaxation methods for every season – places of rest up in the mountains to escape the heat of the summer, or down in the lower valleys to escape the cold of winter.
The Great Outdoors
The Armenian landscape, defined by its mountains, and consisting of seven different climate zones, is the ultimate destination for those who are inspired and invigorated by the great outdoors.
Armenia awaits you! Find all you need to know and plan to get closer to your Armenia experience.
SEE & DO
Explore Armenia… The majestic beauty of its towering mountains, beautiful topography, rich heritage and culture, delicious food, historic sites dating back thousands of years, adventures… While this ancient land of Noah has evolved through the ages, it still stays true to its Christian origins.
Armenia. A land of mysticism that will at once capture your imagination, evoking past centuries while awakening your senses to the present.
Shopping, Tipping and Bargaining
There are all kinds of shops and markets in Armenia, from high-end clothing stores on Northern Avenue, to bustling outdoor local craft markets like Vernissage, and aromatic food markets lining the streets – bargaining is part of the pleasure of this unique experience.
Maps, Apps and City Guides
Exploring Armenia and its attractions is now fun with our recommended downloads.
Where to Eat
Armenia’s incredibly diverse range of dining options will cater to food lovers from all walks of life. If you appreciate a good meal, there’s a cuisine for every taste and budget.
Where to Stay
Luxury hotels, B&B’s, apartments, or hostels, whichever your preference, there is a cozy room in Armenia that waits for you.
Useful Information About Armenia
Armenia awaits you! Find all you need to know and plan to get closer to your Armenia experience.
Passport and Visa Requirements for Armenia
Armenia has a visa-free system with almost half the globe! It is a simplified process for visitors from over 90 countries.
Getting Around Armenia
Armenia has a reliable and affordable public transportation system. In addition to rental cars, taxis, buses, trolleybuses, vans (referred to as marshrutkas), and train, Yerevan also has an underground metro system with 10 stations.
Getting to Armenia
Great things come in small packages... Whether by land or air, this ancient and small land of Armenia awaits you to explore its riches and begin your adventure.
Enriched with more than two thousand years of history, the local cuisine of Armenia deserves a special mention.
Winter in Armenia
Armenia is a winter wonderland! Many regions of Armenia are covered with white fluffy snow, the cities are veiled in festive decorations, and the feeling of warmth, joy, and hospitality set the tone for the coming holidays.
Bird Watching in Armenia
Probably because of its unique geographic location, 350 species of birds have been reliably recorded within Armenia, 245 of which have been proven to breed here and around 170 have been found during winter.
Paragliding in Armenia
Armenia has over 300 days of sun, which is an amazing advantage in the world of paragliding. Feel the wind as you take off on a cross-country flight around Armenia!
Horseback Riding in Armenia
A unique and exciting way to traverse the countryside while taking in the flora and fauna, archaeological sites, and monuments.
Hiking and Trekking in Armenia
Rocky mountains, winding roads, large forests and gorge-labyrinths within beautiful and diverse nature, make Armenia a paradise for those who seek active tours and adventure in untouched nature.
The rocky mountains, stones, and caves of Armenia are covered with petroglyphs. The drawings on these stones and walls tell of everyday life and traditions of the ancient citizens of the mountainous highlands.
The whole territory of Armenia is divided into ten regions, which are called "marz" (province).
Armenia: The First Christian Country
The History of Christianity in Armenia and the Significance Behind it.