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Areni (Armenia)

Practical information on Areni

  • Countryside
  • Vineyards
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Place or Historical Monument
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
100 km by car from Yerevan
When to go
In summer or autumn
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Areni

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
285 written opinions

Areni's excellent red wines are produced in a small village in the south west of the country on the border with Azerbaijan

My suggestion:
In the History Museum of Armenia in Yerevan you can see a perfectly preserved 5,500 year old shoe that was discovered in a cave near to Areni.
My review

Areni feels a bit like it's at the end of the earth, isolated in an arid area only a few kilometres from the border with the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. It is a very small town with a population of about 2,000, crossed by the River Arpa which has created beautiful canyons and caves in the region.

Although the town itself isn't particularly interesting, it is known for its beautiful 13th century church, Surb Astvatsatsin, perched high on a plateau opposite the village and above all for the locally produced wine which is one of the best in the country.

I went there in September, during the grape harvest festival, and the town was suddenly full of people come to celebrate the harvest of the local wine, and so very lively. A very traditional place somewhat off the beaten track during your trip to Armenia.

A view of Areni's church and the surrounding countryside