If you’re looking for places to visit in Armenia, here’s a list of grand spots you can’t miss.
If you’re planning a trip to Europe, you may not think of beautiful Armenia. But we’re here to change your mind. This underrated corner of the Earth sports the most enchanting monasteries, dramatic landscapes and friendly citizens. Ready to go off the beaten path on your next travel adventure? Bookmark our list of mind-blowing places to visit in Armenia.
What to know before you fly
Don’t hold a Singapore passport? You’ll need to apply for a visitor’s visa to enter Armenia. Make sure you get that checked out before you book your plane tickets. It’s not mandatory to wear a mask or have proof of Covid-19 vaccinations on hand to enter Armenia. But we highly recommend bringing these along with you anyway, as the rules and regulations can change at any time.
It’s also worth noting that while the risk for petty crime and terrorism is low, you should remain vigilant at all times while travelling in Armenia.
Best places to visit in Armenia
The capital city of Armenia holds an endless amount of charm. We hear the use of rose-coloured volcanic material in the city’s buildings has also earned it another name – the Pink City. We love how it sits against the most picturesque backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Perfect for snapping a pic or two for your travel feed. Take a stroll around busy town squares, visit museums, and fuel up on local cuisine. There are also tons of aesthetic cafes to stop by for your daily cup of joe. Think names like Lumen Coffee and Sweet Coast.
2. Zorats Church
This relic of medieval Armenia is a sight for sore eyes. Zorats Church sits on a hill facing the Yeghegis River and has been standing since the 14th century. It’s said to be a place where soldiers received blessings before heading into battle. As the roads in Armenia are difficult to navigate, we recommend signing up to explore with a local tour company. We like this one by Tour HQ.
Zorats Church, V9C8+M3H, Yeghegis, Armenia
3. Mount Ararat
Ever heard the story of Noah’s Ark? Well, Mount Ararat is believed to be the final resting spot of the massive ship from the Bible stories. This volcano actually sits on Turkish land, but it’s revered as a holy symbol to Armenians. We don’t advise you to scale it, but you can catch a breathtaking glimpse of this dormant volcano from the Khor Virap monastery. It sits just 50 kilometres from the city of Yerevan.
4. Lake Sevan
There’s a good reason Lake Sevan is on our list of the most beautiful places to visit in Armenia. This lake is the largest in the country – covering up to 5% of it. Expect to find stunning landscapes, gorgeous monasteries and lakeside villages (that you can stop by for food and drink) when you arrive. Trust us, it’s worth the one-hour bus ride from Yerevan.
5. Geghard Monastery
This impressive Unesco World Heritage Site is based at the entrance to Azat Valley. History buffs will know that it was founded by Gregory the Illuminator – a religious leader who led Armenia to Christianity in the year 301. This rock-cut monastery is a stunning relic of medieval architecture – a worthy addition to your list of places to visit in Armenia.
Geghard Monastery, 4RR9+74, Mets Gilanlar, Armenia
6. Zorats Karer
Also referred to as the Armenian Stonehenge by tourists, Zorats Karer features 200 large stone monoliths (80 of which bear mysteriously well-polished holes). Rumour has it this megalithic site was built as a place for stargazing in the 6th century. We’ve gotta say, it reminds us a little of the Netflix series, Outlander.
Zorats Karer, H22H+FG, Sisian, Armenia
7. Areni-1 Cave
Fun fact: Areni-1 Cave is the location of the world’s oldest winery. Archaeologists have unearthed tools like a wine press, fermentation vessels, withered grape vines, and even drinking cups in this space. If that’s not enough to impress you, the oldest leather shoe was also found in this cave dating back to 3,500 BCE. Drop by for a blast from the past.
Areni-1 Cave, 3604, Yerevan, Armenia
8. Symphony of Stones
This remarkable natural monument is a must-visit if you find yourself near the Azat River. You’ll find hanging symmetrical stones extending to the top of the rocks – making this landmark appear almost like a man-made organ (the instrument, not the body part). It’s called the Symphony of Stones because you can hear the river flowing through the gorge and filling the space with the sound of water.
Symphony of Stones, Garni, 2215, Armenia
We hope our list of the best places to visit in Armenia inspires you to hop on the next plane outta here.