Armenia Travel Guide
Time passes, scripts the history, still leaving us some footsteps behind to be found in the rocky home of Armenians, which once counted among the great powers of the World, with a story dating back to the times of ancient Babylon. Armenia was the first country to Adopt Christianity in 301 AD, the fact which together with the introduction of Armenian Alphabet in the 5th century AD by the great Armenian enlightener Mesrop Mashtots helped the country and the nation to survive and preserve its national distinctions while fighting with foreign invaders and conquerors.
The country whose rich past still comes to life today in unique and deep preserved traditions will worm you with its true hospitality and open mindedness. Experience tours to various historical sites in Armenia, all of which will have its story to tell, its legend to prove.
Armenia has a rich cultural heritage and is famous for age-old decorative stone carvings that are practiced even today. Other forms of art include rug weaving and metalwork. Coming to music and dance, Armenia is famous for Opera and ballet, in fact, national dance companies and orchestras tour throughout the country performing and entertaining the people.
The Armenians, an ancient people living on an ancient land, call Armenia "Hayastan" and themselves "Hai". Oral history explains the lineage of the Armenian people as being the direct descendants of Noah's son Japheth. The indigenous people of the land of Ararat, Armenians forged their national identity with the rise of powerful Armenian kingdoms, the adoption of Christianity as Armenia's state religion, and the creation of the Armenian alphabet, which spurred the development of literature, philosophy, and science.
Come to visit the stones of cave towns, old churches, temples, mountainous contrasted nature, and lovely town of Yerevan, the capital, in quick and warm spring, summers when the sun cheers hearts, rich and colorful autumns, and winters though in snow but mild. History, archeology, architecture, rich culture, spectacular sites, diverse flora and fauna, various microclimates with sunburn deserts, rich forests and never melting snow on the mountains, national life style and modernity all these can be found in Armenia.
Come to see mountainous fortified monasteries, river canyons, castles, forests and fertile plains, coupled with the beauty of Lake Sevan, the second largest navigable alpine lake in the World, offer a breathtaking encounter with the natural wonders of Armenia. From the Hellenistic temple of Garni and the Monastery of Geghard to ancient cave dwellings, churches, standing stones and thousands of the unique Khachkar stone crosses make every day's exploration in Armenia an exciting experience.
Best time to visit Armenia
Armenia is often described as a sunny country. The climate is highland continental, dry with four seasons. Temperatures can vary considerably between seasons. The summer is generally pleasant reaching 25°C (77°F), though in the Ararat valley temperatures can climb to 40°C (104°F). Lightweight cotton clothing with rainwear for sudden cloudbursts is advised for the summer. Winters can be quite cold with temperatures falling to -5°C (23°F) in Yerevan, and colder in the Ararat Valley -30°C (-22°F) and the Lake Arpi area -46°C (-50.8°F). Heavyweight clothing is necessary for the winter.