- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Hiking / Trekking
- Water Sports
- Place or Religious Monument
- Place or Historical Monument
Lake Sevan lies 1,900 metres above sea level and is 80 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide, making it the largest body of water in the country. I remember the absolutely magical changing colours here, which, depending on the time of day, varied between deep blue, azure and turquoise, and, in combination with the surrounding volcanic mountains, lent the lake an incredibly picturesque appearance.
Lake Sevan is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations amongst the inhabitants of Yerevan and the Armenian people. But despite this popularity, its large size makes it very easy to find a more secluded, private spot and get away from the crowds. Outside the summer holiday season, however, the area is virtually deserted. All things considered, this is definitely one of the essential places to visit on a trip to Armenia.
Lake Sevan lies just one hour by road from Yerevan and is a tempting place to come to escape the suffocating atmosphere of the capital in summer. At least that's what I thought when I went. I was in for a surprise when I first arrived: the beaches are truly wild and unspoilt here. If you want to go bathing, therefore, you have to make do with whatever you have to hand (which has its plus sides).
I arrived at Lake Sevan from the south. I therefore got to see some of the scenery around it, and I must admit it's quite magnificent. If you intend to spend several days exploring the the lake on your trip to Armenia, it's well worth doing a tour all around it.
One last thing you need to know: the weather here can be very changeable, even in summer. When I went bathing one day, for example, It was very sunny at first, but then all of a sudden the sky clouded over and there was violent storm over the lake. If you're travelling as a backpacker (as I was), you need to be aware of the possibility of this happening.