This former Soviet territory lies between Georgia, Turkey, Iran, and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus Mountain range.
Considered by many to be the first Christian country, Armenia has long played an important role in trade routes between Europe and Asia.
Armenia sees very few Western tourists, making it the perfect destination for those interested in history and politics who want to go off the beaten path.
QUICK ARMENIA FACTS
Currency: Armenian Dram can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Armenia, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points are the same as the rest of the European plug points (2 circular prongs). Obviously I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Europeans.
Official Language: The official language of Armenia is Armenian while Assyrian, Greek, Russian, and Yazidi Kurdish are the other minority languages spoken in the country.
Health: There are no major health concerns in Armenia for travellers however i would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination.
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, if you are unsure, make sure to ask your hotel receptionist or host. You can even find a number of water fountains for drinking water in the streets of Armenian cities and villages.
Visa: Most countries don’t require a visa for short stays, to visit Armenia.
– Dolma (made with a mixture of ground meat (usually beef or lamb), rice, herbs, and spices wrapped in vine or cabbage leaves, or stuffed in vegetables).
– Manti (open canoe shape dumpling, served with a sauce of sour cream. and garlic).
– Yershig (a dry fermented sausage, it’s made with ground meat – usually beef or lamb – and a host of different spices and seasonings like garlic, cumin, sumac, paprika, and salt).
– Kololik (Armenian meatball soup; broth is flavored with beef stock and made with rice, onions, tarragon, and potatoes).
When to go: The months of May through September are often the best times for sightseeing. The wildflowers are at their best, later in the year, the landscapes are greener, and the lower regions (including Yerevan) are less hot and humid, though it can be stormy.
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