One of the first Christian countries in the world, Armenia, is a small country in the Southern Caucasus that despite its tragic history overcame all the difficulties and now is an independent republic. Perhaps, you haven’t heard about Armenia a lot and it is not the first country that will come to mind as a travel destination. But its world heritage sites, ancient monasteries, friendly culture, and exotic dishes make it well worth visiting. So if your interest is piqued, why not have a holiday filled with culture, history and relaxation. Here are top 5 things to do in Armenia.
Enjoy the View of Ararat Mount
Despite the fact that now Ararat Mount is not situated on the territory of Armenia, it is exactly from here that opens the most exciting and unforgettable view of this Biblical mountain. And during your journey in Armenia we recommend primarily to visit those places which offer the most fascinating view to that mountain. In Yerevan, you can climb the observation area of the Cascade – the huge stair connecting the centre of the city with the residential area and if the weather is clear you’ll be able to enjoy the view of Yerevan and Ararat. If you drive to the monastery of Khor Virap located a one hour drive from Yerevan, you’ll get a truly impressive sight. Nowhere in Armenia does Ararat seem so close.
Fly on the Longest Rope Way in World to Tatev Monastery
Armenia is famous for its ancient Christian monasteries and temples that have unique history and architecture. All of them are really worth visiting. However, in this article we’d like to mention the monastery of Tatev – the medieval architectural masterpiece of the 9th century. Once it was an important spiritual and educational center of the Middle Ages. It’s located on the edge of the canyon surrounded by the mountainous Armenian nature. Take the world longest rope way, included into the Guinness Book of Records, and fly over the deep Vorotan River canyon to the monastery.
Taste Armenian National Dishes
Armenian sudjoukh and dried fruit
Tourist travel in a foreign country wouldn’t be complete without tasting local dishes. So in Armenia the choice is great, there are lots of good restaurants offering wide variety of national dishes. You can order Armenian tolma, which is a minced meat wrapped in grape leaves, Armenian barbecue prepared by special national recipes, some kind of soups, for example, white creamy spas or thick tasty khash. Don’t forget about national sweets and try soft cake gata, tasty sudjoukh with wall nuts and wide variety of bright dried fruits which have soaked up the rays of hot Armenian sun.
Take Part in National Festivals
Festival of Tolma
Every year various national festivals take part in different picturesque corners of Armenia. The festivals are dedicated to local dishes, products, costumes or other no less unique national symbols. So if you happen to visit Armenia during one of them try not to miss such an opportunity to plunge in an absolutely new colourful atmosphere and get acquainted with some interesting traditions. You will enjoy national songs and dances, games and competitions, and a lot of tasty goodies. For example, on May 16, you can visit the Festival of Dolma and try different variations of this national dish. And in August in the picturesque town of Dilijan, you can take part in the carpet festival and not only enjoy the beautiful national ornaments, but also buy the work you like the most.
Did you know that Armenia is an excellent place not only for the cultural tourism but also for adventure travel? Mountainous landscapes and favourable climatic conditions contribute to the fact that the fans of extreme sports come to Armenia for a new adrenaline high. Paragliding has recently become popular. The flying places here are quite variable and the choice depends on the season, weather conditions and some other important factors. So if you are an extreme lover and want to combine the paragliding activity with the interesting cultural program, enjoy beautiful landscapes and get new impressions Armenia is a perfect place.