5 MUST GO CITIES IN ARMENIA OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL
Often called Armenia’s capital for arts and crafts, the second largest city of the country is well known for its poets, artists and craftsmen, who have left a huge cultural heritage to Gyumri. The city has a street called Varpetats poghoc (street of masters), where the homes of many famous poets and artists have turned into fascinating museums.
The city has also not lost touch with its history - many famous sights where old Soviet movies have been shot are still preserved, along with the ancient but still inhabited houses that go as far as 1900s.
If you are a tea lover, be sure to stop by Tea and Honey. Along with healthy and delicious food, this place is hands down the best teahouse in the country.
And, if you are into a menu that is primarily based on fish options, you have to visit Cherkezi Dzor - one of the very first fish restaurants in the country. With different variations of dishes such as fish kebab, barbeque and many more, Cherkezi Dzor is a great place for a friendly mingle or a family get together event.
Located in the breathtaking Vayots Dzor region, Yeghegnadzor landscape is nothing like what you’ll experience in any other part of the country. The very unique rocks and caves of the area contain a huge history inside them, including the world’s oldest shoe found in a cave right outside Yeghegnadzor. It also provides the perfect conditions for a roadtrip to explore the nature of the countryside.
The region is famous for its winemaking, so check out Old Bridge Winery for an amazing wine tasting experience and a winery tour. If you have spare time in your hands, make sure to visit some of the other famous wineries outside the city as well, located in Areni. The area is also the perfect opportunity to pay a visit for several monasteries and old historic museums, such as Noravank, and Vayots Dzor History Museum in Yeghegnadzor itself.
Often referred as the Little Switzerland of Armenia, Dilijan has to offer a lot to its visitors. Starting from the many hiking trails inside and outside the city, to hosting the Armenian branch of international United World Colleges, the city has many attractions. Inside the city is Sharambeyan street that combines the old buildings with a modernized touch of vintage.
Located in the beautiful Tavush region, every part of Dilijan is covered in trees and mountains. Check out the National Park of the city, and if you are into nature, go to Parz Lake - the views are indescribable.
Tip: the restaurants in Dilijan are some of the best food you will eat in the country. Be sure to try Kchuch, Tava, Flying Ostrich or anything else, really. They are all amazing!
Located just outside Yerevan, Ejmiatsin is the city to go if you are interested in a spiritual tour of churches. Armenians are the first nation to adopt Christianity back in 301 AD and the country still has churches in every corner you can possibly imagine. Ejmiatsin is the religious capital of the country: that is where the Catholicos is seated, and the Mother See of Holy Ejmiatsin, along with an educational center for future church servants.
The city also has other churches, such as St Hripsime, St Gayane and St Shoghakat. And though these many churches may seem a lot for such a small city, trust us, they are all worth visiting.
Located in the biggest region of the country, Syunik, Goris is a whole other story. The nature is completely different from what you would typically see in other parts of the country and rocks and mountains will follow anywhere in the city. Goris is the place to go, if you are looking to dig more into natural heritage.
Be sure to visit The Medieval Goris Cave Dwellings, walk through steep stairs and explore what has been inhabited up until the 20th century. Even more so, check out Goris Rock Forest, which is another unusual sight of the city, with a marked trail for hikers.
Tip: Goris is a great getaway to also visit the nearby famous Tatev Monastery.
For such a small country, Armenia has cities and landscapes that are completely unlike each other. So, depending on your taste, pick the region, pick the city and enjoy exploring the heritage of the country. Book your tour with Caucasus Holidays now!