Actually, Armenia has everything for the best vacation: the beaches of Lake Sevan for a relaxing holiday, noble mountain slopes and lush green forests for outdoor enthusiasts, countless ancient monasteries, as well as an incomparable cuisine, the famous cognac and duduk, and of course hospitable people. However, the list can be very long. You just have to see Armenia with your own eyes.
The republic of Armenia is located in the South Caucasus. It is rather small mountainous country with an area of roughly 30,000 sq km and population of about 3 million. About half of the population can be found in four major cities around the country: Yerevan, Vanadzor, Gyumri, and Abovian. The country is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the south.The official currency of Armenia is the dram.
The official currency of Armenia is the dram. Official language is Armenian. However, if you know some Russian, you should be able to get around. Citizens of the CIS and the Citizens of the CIS and the EU as well as citizens of the countries of the Schengen agreement enjoy a visa-free regime to enter to and to stay in the Armenian territory up to 180 days within a year.
Attractions of Armenia:
Amberd Fortress, Ararat, Dilijan, Echmiadzin, Garni, Geghard, Goris, Gyumri, Haghpat Monastery, Jermuk, Khor Virap Monastery, Noraduz Cemetery, Noravank Monastery, Sanahin Monastery, Sevan, Sevan Lake, Sevanavank Monastery, Sisian, St. Mesrop Mashtots Church, Tatev Monastery, Tsakhkadzor, Yerevan, Zvartnots Temple.
Armenia has continental mountain climate. Summer temperatures (June-Aug) in Armenia can reach as high as 40°C if you are near Yerevan, but if you are further north, they will be mild. Winter temperatures (Dec-February) can get brutal in some areas and bottom out at around -10°C. Armenia is waiting for its guests all year round. Spring and autumn are good for excursions, in winter the slopes of Tsakhkadzor are waiting for you and in summer, you can relax on the beaches of Lake Sevan.
Armenia was the first country to declare Christianity its official religion (c. A.D. 301). Since Christianity is such an integral part of the history of Armenia, some of the most visited Armenia tourist attraction are its ancient monasteries. Here is some of the most popular and interesting monasteries you can visit in Armenia. Geghard Monastery is located in a gorgeous area of the Azat Valley ringed by magnificent cliffs and stands as a beautiful specimen of medieval Armenian architecture. It is made up of numerous churches and tombs that are carved into the rock, some with simpler designs and some with intricate detail work. Sanahin and Haghpat Monasteries are located on high plateaus in northern Armenia. They are so close to each other, and are so architecturally similar that they are often visited together by most travelers. Over the course of several centuries, these monasteries were added upon and now contain as many as 20 churches and chapels, bell towers, sepulchers, galleries, book depositories, refectories, bridges, plenty of dwellings, and more. Khor Virap Monastery is perched on top of a hill like an ancient spiritual sentry in the middle of an open, flat landscape with a view of the gorgeous Mount Ararat and Little Ararat in the distance. While the view from the monastery alone is enough to make people that tour Armenia want to stop there, it is the monastery’s unique story which has earned it its fame. There are a few places in Armenia that have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites: Geghard, Sanahin and Haghpat Monasteries; Zvartnots ruins; Echmiadzin Cathedral, the Church of St. Hripsime and Surb Gayane; Upper Azat Valley.
For nature lovers Armenia can offer a variety of different landscapes. While it is mountain heavy, it also has dry steppe, desert, woodland areas, lush valleys, etc. The country of Armenia has 200+ streams and rivers, 5 large canyons, and over 200 mineral springs. You can visit the most popular tourist destinations such as Lake Sevan, gorgeous waterfalls Shaki, Jermuk and Kasakh; Aparan reservoir and the hot springs of Jermuk. Traveling to Armenia prepare yourself for beautiful scenery and to experience the rich history of ancient Armenia!