Yerevan is the capital of Armenia, the heart of the country and one of the oldest cities in the world. The city’s architecture and buildings are built of pink stones, that’s why Yerevan got its romantic name “the pink city”. The main attractions of the capital are concentrated in the center and you will be able to complete your sightseeing within a couple of days.
There is no doubt that you will fall in love with this small cozy and hospitable city full of nice and warm atmosphere. In this post, I will talk about what to do in Armenia with all useful tips and guidance for all those who are visiting the first time. You will know the best options for accommodation, the sights to visit and the best places for trying national food. Being Armenia a very affordable country, you can get many things in Yerevan for $10.
And if you are looking some interesting day trips from Yerevan then you can check them with some local tour operators.
What to see in Yerevan? | Interesting Yerevan City Tour Guide
Ancient Yerevan has recently celebrated its 2800th anniversary. For thousands of years, it has witnessed much political turbulence and therefore it has influences of many lifestyles. Being strategically located on the confluence of Asia and Europe, this culture pot has beautiful and rich cultures of the western and eastern world. Also, it has beautiful traces of past and also maintaining a modern city type living.
It is worth starting your city tour from the ruins of the Erebuni fortress, where the history of the city began. The fortress is located on Arin-Bird hill. Only the fortress walls have been preserved, but all the finds from the territory including ancient dishes, jewelry, weapons, and coins are exhibited in the museum. The most precious in the museum is the ancient cuneiform of King Argishti 1, the founder of the fortress.
The heart of the city is the Republic Square with singing fountains. In the center of the square, there is an oval “carpet” with a beautiful ornament. The fountains are located in front of the building of the National Gallery. All the buildings around the square are built of pink and peach tuff, the walls and columns are decorated with ornaments in the traditional style. City chimes are on the wall of the Government House. From the square, you can take a walk along the boulevard to Shahumyan square. The park is decorated with 2750 small fountains installed on the 2750th anniversary of Erebuni – Yerevan. From the square, you can get to Northern Avenue, the newest district of the city. On both sides of the boulevard, there are fashionable boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. It is a favorite place for residents to spend summer evenings.
From the Northern Avenue opens a wonderful view of the Opera and Ballet Theater. The last stop is Cascade, a huge monument in the form of a white stone staircase. The Cafesjian Center for the Arts with a unique collection of contemporary art is located on the territory. In fact, the Cascade is an open-air museum with unique expositions.
You can feel the taste of Yerevan in the cellars of the Yerevan Ararat Brandy Factory. The factory is located in the fortress of the XVI century. The building itself is already an important landmark. And yet, the main thing is waiting in the cellars of the fortress with the barrels of high-quality brandy stored. In the degustation room, you will taste true Armenian brandy. The perfect evening can be finished at the cliff of Hrazdan gorge enjoying the view of night Yerevan.
Of course, this is just a small part of interesting places and sights in Yerevan. If you have time, be sure to visit Surb Sarkis, Surb Zoravor and Surb Hovhannes churches, stroll through the Lovers’ Park and ride on the Ferris wheel.
Where to stay in Yerevan? | Interesting Yerevan City Tour Guide
Yerevan can be considered one of the most comfortable cities for tourists. Both luxury hotels and very affordable hostels can be found here. The choice depends solely on the budget. B&B hotel will be a golden middle (the average price for a room is $ 50). All popular hotels are located in the city center. You will not have to spend much time or money to get to the desired place. If you are going to visit Armenia for holidays, it is best to book a hotel in advance.
The fine luxury options are Armenia Marriott, Double Tree by Hilton, Radisson Blu Hotel. The fine options for an average price are Cascade Hotel, Ararat Hotel, Silachi Hotel. For a budget trip, you can search for hostels which are many in the capital like Happy Camper or Avenue Hostel.
Where to eat in Yerevan? | Interesting Yerevan City Tour Guide
In Yerevan, there are the greatest choice of various restaurants, cafes and fast food chains so you will have no difficulty to find what you need. Try not to order burgers and sandwiches and go for exclusive dishes of national cuisine. Armenian cuisine is famous for its spicy dishes of greens and meat, delicious national bread lavash and dried fruits. Vegetarians can also get a good choice like Ghapama, Pasus Tolma, and many more.
In Yerevan there are wonderful national restaurants with exquisite cuisine. Many of them represent traditional cuisine in a new concept. Visit some local restaurants like Tavern Yerevan, Dolmama restaurants and Karas national food chain. You can also use their delivery service and order food to any place you wish.
LOCAL CURRENCY – Armenian Dram
LANGUAGE – Armenian
SHOPPING – Vernissage flea market for souvenirs, trinkets and some cultural type of articles or Yerevan Mall for branded stuff
Night Life in Yerevan| Interesting Yerevan City Tour Guide
If you were lucky to visit Yerevan in spring or summer, be sure to stroll around the night city. The most important thing is that it is absolutely safe even late at night. The city center is always crowded; almost all interesting places like bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants, and pubs are located here.
Nightlife in the capital is quite active. Young people usually spend time in pubs and clubs. All the popular pubs and bars are located along the Pushkin Street. Saryan is another popular street in Yerevan with the best wineries on both sides of the street.
Our virtual city tour in Yerevan has come to an end. If you have found interesting places in the city, feel free to share your ideas.
Yerevan can be reached from Tbilisi by bus or private car (Capital of Georgia also). Check Bus schedule or book your tickets from Tbilisi to Yerevan or Yerevan to Tbilisi.
Armenia is a culture pot as Europe meets Asia and therefore it is also a Eurasian country. Watch more about this region on Lonely Planet’s –
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