Yerevan is the capital of Armenia and, concurrently, the largest city in the country. Arriving here, it is not enough to just walk along the streets and see the sights. If you want your vacation to be unforgettable, and experience as much as possible, take these recommendations into service. Arriving in Yerevan, you should definitely try the local cuisine (khash, jingyal khats, kebab, kufta), and after a hearty meal you can go to the famous cognac factory and see how Ararat is made. If you plan a trip in the summer, then you are lucky enough to try Armenian apricots and see the snowy top of Mount Ararat. For vivid emotions, take a ride on the longest cable car and visit a pagan temple dating from the 1st century. To not be tied to time and public transport, rent a car.
Zvartnots International Airport - download scheme
IATA code: EVN
Location: 12 km from Yerevan
Official website: www.zvartnots.am
Information: +374 10 493 000
The following companies provide car rental services at Yerevan Airport: Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Budget, Europcar, National, Sixt. Rental car rental desks are located at the entrance to the parking zone. Opposite the new passenger terminal there is an open parking lot where the first 10 minutes of parking are free.
Arriving in Yerevan, first go to the city center to see the main attraction, a giant monument - the Grand Cascade. It is especially nice to stroll in the warm time, admiring the flower beds, fountains, sculptures. Indulge in the pleasure of climbing to the very top of the Cascade to enjoy the stunning views of Yerevan. By the way, at the top you can also see the obelisk of Renaissance Armenia, which is decorated with numerous Urartian motifs. At night, this place is being transformed. Grandiose illumination brings a share of magic, decorating an already magnificent landmark.
Mesrop Mashtots Avenue, 10
The Blue Mosque was built at the end of the 18th century. During World War I, she managed to survive only due to the fact that an ammunition depot was organized here. The mosque in Orthodox Yerevan symbolizes tolerance towards religions, nationalities. Outside, the structure is completely inconspicuous. To see it in full glory, you must enter the arch. At the entrance to the mosque itself, you need to cover your head with a scarf. To comfortably reach a significant attraction, rent a car.
3 Zarubyan Street
In the 80s of the XX century, a museum was founded in Yerevan in honor of the famous composer Aram Khachaturian, who was able to reinterpret national ancient music and, in addition, create his own ingenious works. The museum presents not only the personal belongings of the composer, but also organized a library, which contains a collection of musical literature and manuscripts of the creator. In addition, there is a hall in which concerts are regularly organized.
Having rented a car, go on an exciting journey to the Yerevan Zoo. This is a real adventure park where you can ride on a carousel, see sculptures from a wide variety of materials. Once you get to the hours of feeding animals, you will see how predators are fed, forcing them to literally get food. On holidays, the zoo hosts various shows with clowns, a puppet theater and various entertainment programs. After a pleasant walk, you can sit in one of the cafes and taste dishes from national cuisine.
Arin Bird Hill
You can touch the history of the Armenian people by visiting the Erebuni Fortress. This is a huge territory where the ancient city was once located. The walls of the citadel are well preserved, so the boundaries of the city are clearly distinguished, in addition, you can understand where the palace, temple, and main hall were. The inscriptions on the stele, the ruins of the ancient city enter into a state of complete delight. To see the sights and imbued with history, use the services of a guide.
Having rented a car, go see the Zvartnots temple. Once this sacred place was decorated with frescoes and mosaics, and in the center was a font for the baptismal rite. In addition to the ruins of the temple, you can see the ruins of an ancient winery and the palace of Nerses III. During the tour, you will learn that the castle was divided into living rooms, office space and meeting rooms. An open-air museum is now equipped on the site of the winery, where you can examine ceramic vessels of various sizes, which are designed to store wine. On a tour of the temple you can get on any day except Monday.
Khor Virap Monastery is a significant place in the history of Armenia. It was here that the issue of the adoption of religion and the rule of Armenians in this territory was determined. It is known that the temple was built in the 7th century, and after a while it was destroyed by an earthquake. Only in the XVII century the monastery was restored, while it was significantly different from the traditional Christian building. Historians attribute this to the fact that earlier an important pagan building was located above the building. During the tour you can walk along the path that leads to the dungeon. It was here that Gregory the Illuminator, who became the first Patriarch of Armenia, was imprisoned according to giving. This tourist attraction is also attractive because it is located near Mount Ararat. So you will be able not only to touch the history of the ancient monastery, but also admire the picturesque landscapes of Armenia.
Traveling around the outskirts of Yerevan, by all means stop for a couple of days in the cozy town of Sisian. There are many beautiful places, including natural origin. Be sure to visit the Shaki waterfall, which is surrounded by black rocks, the medieval church of St. George, built in the 7th century, climb to Ukhtasar Mountain and examine the petroglyphs that describe the life of primitive people. The pearl of the city is the prehistoric complex Zorats-Karer, which is about 7.5 thousand years old. Scientists believe that it was here that sacred rites and astronomical observations were carried out.
If you plan to travel by rental car, we recommend that you visit the Amberd Fortress, among other attractions. The estate was built by the princes Kamsarakan, and later it served as a protective base. The architecture of the building is in harmony with the environment. Passing by, it seems as if the building is growing out of the ground. The fortress complex looks stern and menacing. There are no elaborate decorations here. The only thing that adorns this place in the warm season is nature of extraordinary beauty.
The first thing that impresses is the location of the monastery. It is located on the slope of relief mountains surrounded by steep cliffs. According to legend, it was here that a spear was brought into storage, which was pierced into the body of Christ. Even before the adoption of Christianity, the locals worshiped this place. The reason for this is the miraculous source, which is located in the caves. It is interesting that in these caves there are small gorges specially equipped so that a person can retire, pray and meditate. The princely tomb, decorated with unusual for Christianity bas-reliefs, deserves special attention: mythical creations and plots from pagan culture are presented here.
Amiryan street, 10
If you woke up early in the morning and want to have breakfast in a cozy establishment, head to The Green Bean. A croissant and a cup of coffee are ideal for a morning snack. In addition, the menu has dishes for vegetarians and vegans, they are marked with a green leaf. For a daily meal - salads, soups and homemade lemonade. The menu is varied, so everyone will definitely like something. The interior of the institution deserves special attention. The furniture is made of drawers, and the paintings that adorn the walls are made of bottle caps. If you just want to drink coffee, sit with a laptop and work, then this place will also be a great option for spending time.
Teryan street, 3a
If ordinary establishments have become boring to you for a long time, and you want to visit the institution with a twist, leave the rented car in the parking lot and go to Aeon. This is the famous anti-cafe in Yerevan, where you can have fun with friends or alone. It often hosts master classes, lectures, and exhibitions. In this institution you are sure to meet interesting people. Relaxing music and a cozy atmosphere will do the trick: at Aeon you will want to come back again. By the way, there are discounts for coaches and students.
Mashtots Avenue 3 https://www.facebook.com/PandokHinZangezur#_=_
Looking for the right place for lunch? So that it is tasty, satisfying and optimally priced? Old Zangezur is a great option for a dinner place where you can taste Armenian and European cuisine. The interior is captivating from the first seconds. Everything here looks noble, but at the same time restrained. Naturally, there are national elements of decor. Non-smoking rooms have separate rooms. In Old Zangezur you should try kebab, khachapuri, stewed vegetables, and compote.
Saryan Street 6 http://www.invino.am/#_=_
If you want to warm yourself with a glass of wine on a cold evening, we recommend visiting the In Vino wine bar. Based on your preferences, qualified staff will offer tasty wine and snacks for every taste: assorted cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, smoked sausages. In Vino is one of the few places where special attention is paid to wine selection. The cozy atmosphere is for long gatherings. If you decide to visit this place in the evening, it is better to book a table in advance.
Tamanyan street, 3/40 http://www.charles.am/home.html#_=_
Having rented a car, head to the Charles Cafe & Restaurant, where the emphasis is on the quality of food and service. It invariably tries to please every visitor. The menu is represented by a diverse assortment of dishes, in addition, it is regularly updated. Armenian dishes are prepared in the French manner, which adds some charm and an element of novelty. Gata with matsun, caprese, tolma, Nougat dessert deserves special praise. As a drink, you can order lemonade, oriental coffee or wine.
Amiryan street, 4/6
+374 60 600060 http://www.parishotel.am/ double room - from € 93
Paris Hotel is located in the city center, making it even more attractive for tourists. Here you can feel the Armenian hospitality and willingness to help in any circumstances. Breakfast is served as a buffet on the top floor of the hotel. Beautiful views from the veranda, a variety of fruits, hot dishes and desserts - all this will delight you in the morning at the Paris Hotel. The hotel offers room service, fitness center, dry cleaning.
26/1 Sargsyan Vazgen Street
+374 11 221234 https://yerevan.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html double room - from € 104
Hyatt Place offers a cozy stay in rooms with a modern design, comfortable beds, delicious breakfasts. The friendly staff can take care of your needs. This hotel will be an excellent solution not only for tourist trips, but also for business. There are all conditions to hold a corporate event or meeting. In addition, if you plan to move around Yerevan in a rented car, you can use the free parking.
Northern Avenue, 10/1
+374 10 505055 http://www.hotelnorthavenue.am/ double room - from € 124
The hotel is located in the city center, which is very convenient for sightseeing on foot. Museum of the History of Armenia, Opera and Ballet Theater, Republic Square - these cultural sites are within easy reach. Nearby are many shops, shopping centers, restaurants. The rooms at Hotel North Avenue are spacious and equipped with everything you need. The windows offer a wonderful view of the city. At the reception you will be helped not only with checking in, solving everyday problems, but also with the organization of excursions.
1st Lane Baghramyan, 1-3
+374 11 201000 http://www.operasuitehotel.com/ double room - from € 126
If you prefer to stay in designer hotels, then feel free to opt for Opera Suite Hotel. The rooms are spacious and offer beautiful views. You can have breakfast in the restaurant or on the cozy terrace. It offers travelers a jacuzzi, free parking, shuttle service, dry cleaning. Opera Suite Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation. For couples with children there are specially equipped rooms.
+374 226 61610 http://arthurs-hotel.am/en/ double room - from € 55
If you are looking for a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you could fully enjoy the beauty of Armenia, stop at Arthurs Aghveran Resort. The hotel is surrounded by mountain scenery. It offers a restaurant, tennis court, swimming pools, spa, billiards. There is a kids club for children. This place is suitable not only for a relaxing family vacation, but also for significant events. By the way, rental cars can be left in free parking.
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© Anastasiia Voloshina, 2016