Staying in Yerevan is an ideal introduction to the rich culture and history of Armenia.
Day or night, the locals love to promenade, so join in as this is an easy city to explore on foot. The heart of Yerevan is a blend of architectural styles including Belle Epoque, Art Deco and Soviet monstrosities. Enjoy city views from the base of the Mother Armenia statue and climb the steep white Art Deco staircase in Sculpture Park.
Do your shopping in Northern Avenue which connects Soviet-era Republic Square with the Opera, the two central hubs of the city, visit Armenia’s ancient manuscripts library, or sip aromatic tea in bustling open-air cafés.
Bartering for hand-made jewellery, obsidian chess sets, carpets, abstract paintings at Vernissage.
This huge weekend open-air flea market is centrally located on Pavstos Biuzand Boulevard - just follow the crowds.
Views of Mount Ararat, rising out of clouds to the west, are best from Erebuni Fortress Museum set on hills overlooking the city. A drive through the green hills, east of Yerevan, will lead you to the spectacularly situated pagan temple of the sun at Garni.
In cliffs further up the wooded river valley, Armenia’s Christian heritage is reflected in the extraordinary acoustics of the 7th-century Gerghard Cave Monastery.