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Tavush (Armenia)

Practical information on Tavush

  • Spa and massage
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Vineyards
  • Lake
  • Waterfall
  • Caves
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Place or Historical Monument
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2hr drive from Yerevan
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Tavush

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

Situated in northeast Armenia, Tavush is the greenest region in a country with a reputedly rocky terrain. Mountainous, lush and boasting a landscape nicknamed the 'Swiss Armenia', Tavush and its magnificent monasteries make it a choice destination.

My suggestion:
Stay in Dilidjan and make sure you visit the Hagharatsin and Goshavank monasteries, the Yenokavan Canyon, as well as taking a walk around Lake Parz.
My review

Even though I came to Armenia to scour the high plains and luminous, arid lands of Ararat, I have to admit that Tavush blew me away.

It's selling point is the incredibly lush landscape. Arriving from Georgia, having crossed the dry climes of Aragats, Sevan and Mount Gegham, I wondered if I was in fact back on the Black Sea coast. From Dilijan to Ijevan, encompassing the verdant Aghtsev Valley, Tavush is the 'Swiss Armenia', a blend of lush mountains, swollen rivers and lakes with fish aplenty. It comes as no surprise that during the Soviet era, Dilijan was a favourite mountain station with visitors from the USSR.

With vines, water, fruit, fish and game, the area has all the abundance that epitomises the Caucasus. Dilidjan is a particularly enjoyable town in which to stay. And once you head along the monastery route, from Haghartsin to Makaravank, you'll understand why Tavush is the birthplace of Armenian culture, boasting a host of treasures that pull in visitors.