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Top Things To Do In Yerevan, The Capital Of Armenia.

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia and by far the biggest city in the country, has come along way since my first visit there in 2013.

Now when I was back here again in December 2017 for a short visit, it was a great joy to see how much the city has improved.

It´s now a great option for a long weekend trip together with Tbilisi, the capital of neighbouring Georgia.
I love Yerevan sign in Aremnia

Already when arriving at Zvartnots International Airport, you will notice that Armenia is making a good effort to welcome foreign tourists these days. The immigration only takes a few seconds; there´s a beautiful woman standing at the exit handing out free maps over Yerevan and Armenia to all arriving tourists before exiting and going through costume.

One of the highlight on a trip to Armenia and Yerevan is the annual Vardavar Festival which is held every year, 14 weeks after Easter (exactly 98 days); Vardavar is celebrated in the whole country.

There´s even a new Airport Express Bus with free WIFI that will take you to the city centre for 300 Armenian Dram, that´s 0.6 USD. Not even 1 USD that would probably make it become the world´s cheapest airport transportation.

Check out this post about 50 Things you need to know before travelling to Georgia if your planning to visit Georgia after Armenia.

Yerevan is small and compact, so all sites in the city can easily be visited in a day, either by foot or by using the metro. What’s more, there are endless opportunities for day trips around the capital coz of Armenia’s small and compact size.

Unfortunately, during my visit in December did I experience miserable weather during my whole visit, so my photos are not the best in this post.

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Here are The Top 7 Things To Do On Your First Day In Yerevan.

Republic Square: 

The main Square in Yerevan, where the singing fountains (only in summer), in front of the History Museum of Armenia. The square is a great example of Soviet architecture—a good place to meet friends or go for people watching. There´s free wifi here.

I Love Yerevan Sign in fornt of the History Museum of Armenia

I Love Yerevan Sign in front of the History Museum of Armenia.

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Republic Square.

Climb The Cascades:

In the northern part of Yerevan is this outdoor/indoor art deco museum built as a version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, almost the height of the Empire State Building. It’s a massive white stairway up to a hillside of northern/central Yerevan. From the top, you will get a full view over Yerevan with Mount Ararat in the distance.

PS: You don’t need to walk up the cascades; there are escalators inside:)

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The Yerevan Cascade, outdoor art gallery.

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From the top of the cascade, the view would have been great with good wheater.

Visit El Sky Bar:

If you fancy a view with a drink, so is this bar the best place to go, it´s the highest located bar in Yerevan, It´s not cheap, but the view is great. Prices here are about double of local places located on the ground level around the city.

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The view from El Sky Bar

Freedom Square:

Freedom square, also called Opera square from the Opera building being located here. This square is located at the northern end of the north avenue, which is the main shopping street in Yerevan.  The Opera was open back in 1930 and can hold up to 2600 people in two different halls.

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Yerevan Opera building.

Blue Mosque:

The 18th century Shia Islamic Mosque, one of the extreme few surviving structures from Islamic culture during the Soviet era. The mosque was forced to shut down in 1931 during the Soviet era. It was used as a Museum of the city of Yerevan during that time.  It´s currently the only active Mosque in all of Armenia.

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The Blue Mosque in Yerevan, The only Mosque in Armenia.

Visit A Church:

Since Armenia was the first country in the world to become a Christian country,  there is no surprise that churches are almost “everywhere” around Armenia, and so as Yerevan.

The St Gregory, the Illuminator Cathedral, is the biggest (maybe?) Cathedral in Yerevan, It´s not an old Chruch; it was only completed back in 2001 to celebrate the 1700th anniversary of Armenia as a Christian nation.

The holy relics of St Gregory the Armenian were given back to the Armenian Church by the Vatican in 2001 and placed in this cathedral.

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The St Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral.

Visit Ararat Brandy Museum:

Armenia’s biggest pride (except Christianity) is Brandy! The Yerevan Brandy Company was founded in 1887 and is said to have been Winston Churchill favourite liquor. The Museums offers two hours tour about the history and the process of brewing, and in the end, you can try free samples of the exquisite Brandy.

PS: Show up at the door is not acceptable anymore; you need to prebook the tour through their website now.

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The Brandy Museum in Yerevan unfortunately so didn’t I know that I had to book the ticket in advance.

Have A Drink At The First Craft Beer Brewery In Armenia:

Like in “every” other country in the world, craft beer is the big thing these days when it comes to drinking, so as in Yerevan. And the place to go is Dargett Craft Beer, Armenia´s first craft beer. With more than 15 beer crafted on the spot and some Belgium imported craft beers, this place built a beer heaven for every beer nerd like myself. Plus, food here is also great.
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The Var at Dargett Craft Beer Brewery.

Take A Day Trip:

Armenia is a small and compact country, so everywhere in the country can be visited on a day trip from Yerevan, either with one of the numerous travel agencies around the city or your own with either public transportation or hiring your own car; all three options are very reasonably priced. Even on a low backpacker budget.

The easiest and shortest day trip you can do is to take local transportation to Khor Virap Monastery with the footsteps of Mount Ararat, the mountain where Noahs Ark stranded, according to the bible.

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Khor Virap Monastery in front of Mount Ararat, the mountain that Noha´s Ark is supposed to have stranded.

Additional Information About Yerevan.

Getting to Yerevan from Zvartnots International Airport:
Bus 201 leaves from right outside the exit door on the ground level.
It departs every half hour between 7 AM and 22.00 and every hour between 22.30 to 7 AM.

It stops at Yeritasardakan Metro, and at the intersection between Abovyan and Sayat-Nova, at Republic Square, Amiryan Street, and on Mashtots Avenue (Pak Shuka).
The price is 300 Dram (0.6 USD). It´s recommended to have a small change.
P.S There´s free wifi on the bus.

A prepaid taxi from the airport will cost you 3000 – 4000 Dram to the city centre.

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Yerevan the capital of Armenia and by far the biggest city in the country, it has come along way since my first visit there in 2013. Now when I was back here again in December 2017 for a short visit, it was a great joy to see how much the city has improved. It´s now a great option for a long weekend trip together with Tbilisi the capital of neighboring Georgia.

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia and by far the biggest city in the country, it has come along way since my first visit there in 2013. Now when I was back here again in December 2017 for a short visit, it was a great joy to see how much the city has improved. It´s now a great option for a long weekend trip together with Tbilisi the capital of neighbouring Georgia.

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Hayk S

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Hello,

Great article, thank you very much. I do have a quick question. Where can I get the high resolution image of the Opera Building? I would really appreciate it.

Thank you

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Emily

Monday 18th of December 2017

Great post! My partner got sick in Yerevan and we ended up having to stay a lot longer than we planned, 10 days in total. Honestly, it was a great city to get stuck in!

Did you make it to the old GUM Market? Watching the ladies make their lavash bread was a highlight for me.

Christian L.

Monday 18th of December 2017

Heey. During my first visit to Yerevan, did I spend about a week there, I really like the city, but December is not the best time to spend a lot of time there. I visited the Gum Market during my first visit there:) PS. I gone use your post about Tusheti In Georgia for reference when im heading back to Georgia for the 6th time next year:)

nicolas

Monday 11th of December 2017

Boring city but around its wonderful