Armenia

Land of Wild Beauty! Where Hospitality is Innate…

Armenia is a landlocked country in the north-east of the Armenian Highland, bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Iran, and Azerbaijan. Its many mountains and mountain valleys create a great number of micro climates, with striking scenery changing from arid desserts to lush forests at the top of a mountain ridge, caves, lakes and hot springs. Armenia's landscapes offer boundless beauty.
Also known as Hayastan, it is the only country remaining from 3,000 year old maps of Anatolia. Due to its strategic significance, situated along the route of the Great Silk Road, Armenia has fallen within the orbit of various empires, including Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian and Ottoman, and come into contact with many cultural influences throughout its history.

Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion, an event traditionally dated to AD 301. Its first churches were founded in the fourth century. It later spent centuries largely under Turkic or Persian control and its rich cultural and architectural heritage combines elements from different traditions.
Its cuisine is a reflection of its history and location between east and west. It has influences from the Mediterranean, Caucasus, Middle East and Eastern Europe. It distinguishes itself by its simplicity, the use of nuts and fruits, and the extensive application of stuffing. As for drinks, especially Armenian cognac is renowned worldwide.

The hospitality of Armenian people is known all over the world. Each time a happy event occurs, Armenians throw a party for relatives, friends, colleagues etc. Drinking and eating is a must! It is an Armenian belief that the more often you throw a feast, the more you will get in return.

What To See & Do

  • Visit ancient forts and monasteries, e.g. Geghard monastery

  • Wine and Brandy tasting

  • Hiking and picnic in pristine forests of Dilijan

  • Golden Autumn festival, with wine and cheese tasting, and traditional music and dances

  • Bird watching during the annual migration

  • Skiing down the hills of Tsakhkadzor

When To Go

The climate in Armenia is markedly continental. Temperatures in Armenia generally depend upon elevation.

Summers are dry and sunny, lasting from June to mid-September. The temperature fluctuates between 22°C and 36°C. However, the low humidity level mitigates the effect of high temperatures. Evening breezes blowing down the mountains provide a welcome refreshing and cooling effect. Springs are short, while falls are long. Autumns are known for their vibrant and colourful foliage. Winters are quite cold with plenty of snow, with temperatures ranging between 10°C and -5°C.

Average precipitation ranges from 250 millimetres per year in the lower Araks River valley to 800 millimetres at the highest altitudes.

The best time to visit Armenia, is in Spring and Autumn.

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