Things to Know When Going to Armenia

Travel to Armenia

When heading to Armenia, you want to make sure that you are prepared for the journey. Moving here is the same, as say, Movers in Denver. You’ll need a local moving company to get you there, but getting a few tips about the climate, food, currency, etc will help make your trip much better and so much more enjoyable.

Armenia is in the South Caucasus region and neighbors with Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The region is very mountainous with varying levels and temperatures. The Armenian Highlands is a mountainous island in between three seas – Mediterranean, Caspian, and Black seas. It is in the GMT + 4 time zone.

 

Climate

Armenia climate is mostly continental but the southern region of the country is more of a subtropical zone.  Just over 80% of Armenia’s territory is 1000 meters above the sea level. The levels vary throughout and you can expect different temperatures in the regions and in Yerevan. In the Ararat Valley, you will find that Yerevan is located with the average altitude fluctuates between 864 – 1390 meters. But in the regions villages and towns, it is a bit higher at 2200 meters.

Spring – Temperatures will vary between 53 – 77 degrees and is mostly rainy. The regions are a bit cooler though you can still expect warm and sunny days. It typically ranges between March to June.

Summer – Usually lasting between June to September, it is typically dry and sunny. During the day, you will have 77 – 95 degree days and at night, it is a little cooler at 63 – 77 degrees. There is still a difference between Yerevan and the regions in temperatures of about 10 degrees.

Autumn – You will have breath taking colors along the landscape with the mild and sunny weather of Autumn. Temperatures range between 68 – 86 degrees.

Winter – Yerevan is in the mountains and so you can expect excellent snow cover and great ski vacations. Temperatures can get quite frigid though at 6 – 35 degrees. You can expect winter to last from mid December to the end of February.

 

Language

Armenian is the official language in the Republic of Armenia. It has its own script that was founded around 405 AD and belonged to the Indo – European family.

 

Population

Population is around 3 million people that populate Armenia. Which is usually not an issue considering that ninety eight percent of the population is native to Armenia. The remainder of the people here are the minorities and consist of Greeks, Assyrians, Yezids, and Kurds.

 

Religion

Christianity is the religion of Armenia and Christianity is the majority of its people. Armenian Apostolic Church is where most of the followers are. However, the Constitution insures a freedom of worship and that includes the right to practice any religion including atheism.

 

Currency

AMD or The Armenian Dram is the national currency of Armenia. There are ATM machines located in Yerevan for your convenience. Ten US dollars equal to 4,746 Armenian Dram. You can check out the current exchange rates here.

 

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Food

The Middle Eastern cuisines is what the Armenian cuisine belongs to. Beef, poultry, lamb, fish, and pork are all part of the dishes, including an array of various vegetables. A common accompaniment of the food is the fresh herbs. They are used extensively in the cooking process as well. You will find many restaurants that serve the freshest, most delicious dishes and mouth watering foods of the Eastern and European cuisines. In Armenia, the water comes straight from a tap and is exceptionally clean and crisp, although bottled water is available. Armenia is a country that is full of so many wonderful qualities, customs, and landscape. One may argue that it could become a Favorited vacation.

Travel to Armenia

Travel to Armenia
Fortresses from the old Eurasian empire, monasteries from ancient times, and a breathtaking stretch of the most beautiful Caucasus Mountains are spread across this nation that is a millennia old.

Armenia is not consider a ‘tourist’ attraction nor is it usually high on anyone’s bucket lists of places to visit, but that is only because it is a very well kept secret.

Here you will find relics of civilization that are several thousand years old that lie in the midst of these mountains in the Eurasian country of Armenia. Of course to appreciate the fullness of Armenia, you need to understand some of the history of Armenia.

In the fourth century, after the rule of several empires, Armenia became one of the very first nations to adopt Christianity. Some of the world’s most oldest monasteries are found here along with fortresses from very early times. Here in Armenia, you will travel across magnificent landscape and see ancient history that is just waiting to be discovered. Armenia’s elevation averages over a mile above sea level.

Armenia’s largest city is also its capital, Yerevan, offers many historical and cultural activities and attractions. Civilization here has existed in this city of Yerevan since the 8th century BC. On the southeastern hill, make sure you look for any surviving pieces of the fortress of Erebunion that was excavated.

You can take the time to explore the history of the region at the History Museum of Armenia located and the central Republic Square. You can see a more recent memorial to the genocide of Armenia by viewing the one hundred, forty four foot steel statue of Tsitsernakaberd.

There is so much to see and explore here in Armenia that you will definitely need to plan a trip of no less than 7 days. There are many different travels packages that are offered up when you book your travel to Armenia. You can book a wide variety of vacations that allow you to pick and choose what it is that you want to do or see in Armenia. You can take several number of tours, like a mountain bike tour, or a jeep tour. If money is more of an issue, there are even budget tours that you can take. My personal favorite is the Rural Tour where it allows you to see how the locals live, their customs, their foods, etc.

Two of the most incredible religious structures are found in the Yerevan region. You will find a 12th century Geghard Monastary carved into the rocky hills in the eastern region. This is a UNESCO World heritage site as well. Then, a little south of Yerevan, stands the 17th century Khor Virap just before the hill of Mount Ararat, the region’s tallest peak and also a Turkish mountain.

If you want to appreciate the real natural beauty of the eastern side of Armenia, then you will want to head over to Lake Sevan. There is a tiny Sevanavank monastery featured on a peninsula on the northwest bank of the lake. You will get a majestic panoramic view of the Caucasus Mountains that are just across the water. The beaches on the south side of the peninsula are pretty popular for summertime destinations.

Whether you are coming to Armenia by plane or by land through the Debed Canyons, make sure that you take in all of the sites that this beautiful place has to offer.