|Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan, is one of the country’s top tourist attractions, and like the rest of Armenia it is growing in popularity every year as tourists from around the world seek out new and different holiday destinations. Many of the attractions in Armenia have a religious link as this was the first Christian country in the world – there are many churches, monasteries and Christian monuments to see all across the country.
Northern Armenia is a remote and mountainous area that’s least visited by tourists however there is still plenty here to see. This part of Armenia is lush and green and features many forests. Highlights include Dilijan, known as Armenia’s Little Switzerland. It’s an alpine looking resort town that’s popular with locals and tourists alike. There are numerous remote monasteries in Northern Armenia including Harichavank Monastery, Haghpat Monaster and Sanahin Monastery. The latter two are combined as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The highlight of Eastern Armenia is Lake Sevan. This huge lake takes up 5% of the land area of the entire country and is a popular holiday spot. People come here to relax on the lake’s beaches and enjoy swimming and water sports, plus there are still many other things to see in the region including more monasteries and churches, and ancient monuments.
The capital, Yerevan, is located in Central Armenia and it’s quickly becoming a popular tourist destination. The city is far more modern that you might expect with its luxurious hotels and restaurants and a great deal of culture. In terms of historical attractions there is the Erebuni Fortress as well as the oldest church in the city, called Katoghike. The Armenian Genocide Memorial is a moving memorial to the victims of the genocide as well as a great place to enjoy city views.
Also in central Armenia is the spiritual capital of the country, Echmiadzin, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.