Armenia is one of the most undiscovered countries I’ve ever traveled to. When I told people my travel plans, 1/2 of them didn’t even know Armenia was an actual country. No lie.
In an era where a single Google search will pull up thousands of blog posts and magazine worthy photos for any given destination, I was surprised at how few Armenia travel tips and guides I could find online.
Yerevan is one of the only major city in the world whose buildings are made of pink lava rock. The stone is responsible for the the city’s pastel hue (especially during sunrise or sunset), earning itself the nickname, “The Pink City.
Renting a car is one of the best ways to explore Armenia. Instead of being tied to a tour group’s schedule, having your own car allows you the freedom to take your time, make stops, and really fine tune your itinerary.
During our trip to Armenia, we spent 2 full days exploring the Northern part of the country. On the morning of the second day, we left our amazing hotel in Lori Province and made our way toward the Tavush Region to visit Dilijan and Haghartsin Monastery.
Before we landed in Armenia, the only thing anyone would tell me about this country is how good the food is. And they were right. Just about every meal we sat down to blew my mind.
During WWI, 1.5 million Armenians were massacred at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Tsitsernakaberd is Armenia’s official memorial of the Armenian Genocide, and one of the most important things to do in Yerevan.
Armenia is the world’s first Christian nation, so it makes sense that they would be extremely proud of their monasteries.
While Armenia is considered to be the birthplace of wine, it’s another spirit that the country is most famous for… brandy. Ararat Brandy is the leading producer of brandy in Armenia, and they boast gold medals in spirits competitions around the world.
Putting together our itinerary for Armenia was difficult. Aside from Yerevan and the popular monasteries scattered throughout the country, there was very little travel information to be found.