Travelling to Armenia: final tips and advice
Not many countries haveas many different sides as Armenia ! Do you know any other destinations where a thousand-years of tradition fall within such a beautiful landscape? This is evident with the exceptional beauty and preservation of the different monasteries which you will inevitably come across on your journey: Noravank, Geghard, Marmashen, Saghmosavank or even Hovhanavank. If you are interested in even older buildings, do not miss - under any circumstances - the Church of St. John the Baptist, which dates back to the 5th century (near Aragatsotn), the famous Tatev monastery dating from the 9th century which has been recognised as one of the most beautiful monasteries in Armenia, the architectural sites in Haghpat and Sanahin are registered as world heritage sites with UNESCO, the Akhtala monastery-fortress renowned for its unique frescos or the Selim caravanserai, a fascinating example of the country’s past and part of theSilk Road. And if all of this is not enough, you can simply travel even further back in time and return to the Temple of Garni which holds the megalithic site of one of the oldest observatories in the world, in Karahunj. Upon returning from a long walk, you might appreciate a little relaxation and to sample some of the Armenian culinary specialities, such as stuffed vine leaves, called Tolma, accompanied by a glass of local alcohol (which should be consumed in moderation!) If you are looking for a little known destination, a historical paradise or even simply a welcoming and hospitable country, do not hesitate a moment longer to come and discover Armenia, whether it be on a trek orself-guided: Armenia is the place for you!