In this post, I’ll tell you about things to do in Yerevan, Armenia and what to see during just one day in Yerevan. To be honest, I didn’t expect Yerevan to be so nice, so I only dedicated one day to this lovely capital of Armenia (Compared to 3 days in Georgia) and regretted it, because Yerevan definitely deserves more than one day. However, if you’re just like us, working full-time and not having enough vacation days, you can as well spend there just one day.
We managed to see a huge bit of Georgia and Armenia (we crossed 2/3 of Georgia and almost 1/2 of Armenia by buses) in just 5 days. Are you interested in visiting Tbilisi, Georgia too? In this post, I wrote about everything you need to know about Tbilisi!
Things to see in Yerevan, Armenia in one day:
1. The Cascade
Built in the XXth century, the Cascade is one of the most impressive monuments in Yerevan. From the top of the Cascade, you can see the famous Mount Ararat – the tallest mountain in Armenia.
2. Singing fountains at the Republic Square
The Republic Square is very impressive by itself. However, it also has some really nice singing fountain show.
3. The Statue of Mother Armenia
In every single post-USSR country there is a statue of Mother-country (which looks different in every country) and in Armenia it’s very impressive, standing on the hill on top of the city.
4. Take a photo in front of the National Theatre of Armenia
It looks really awesome!
5. Taste some of the traditional dishes in a national Armenian restaurant
Armenian cuisine is amazing. It’s very similar to Georgian cuisine and a bit similar to the Iranian cuisine. However, be careful with it and don’t eat a lot – otherwise, you might get a stomach disorder. Be also careful where you eat – I got a severe food poisoning in Armenia in the Tavern restaurant and I won’t recommend you to go there, unfortunately.
6. Visit the Armenian Genocide Museum
If you have enough time during just one day in Yerevan, head to the Armenian Genocide Museum to learn more about the history of Armenian people and the genocide – a dark and sad spot in the Armenian history.
7. Visit the Armenian Brandy Factory Ararat
Armenia is very famous for its brandy or cognac, how they usually call it. It works every day from 9 to 20:00 and is a great spot to learn more about the production of the famous brandy Ararat.
Tours to take from Yerevan
If you’re in Yerevan for more days, you can take one of the tours to go outside Yerevan and explore the fabulous Armenian nature. For example, there is a tour to the ancient Armenian monastery – you can check the availability on GetYourGuide now!
Where to stay in Yerevan?
Yerevan has a wide range of inexpensive hotels and hostels and the quality of them is very good (unlike Tbilisi, where we had to move out from our hostel).
You can check these hotels out, they have amazing reviews and are likely to sell out soon:
– 5* Grand Hotel Yerevan (it costs less than £110 and is the most luxurious hotel in Yerevan City Centre)
-3-4* – Daniel Boutique Hotel
– 2* – Kesabella Touristic House
– Hostels: Arm Hostel
Our impressions of Yerevan:
Yerevan was built in the 1930s (even though it’s a very old city before it looked completely different – the city was made of wood) and looks like a monumental Soviet city. People are very friendly in Armenia, however, only very few spoke English. If you know a bit of Russian – it’s a huge benefit, because almost every single person in Armenia speaks Russian (it’s surprising, because Russia doesn’t even have a border with Armenia). Yerevan has plenty of cafes with terraces and people really like dressing up and looking great as well as sitting in these cafes and relaxing.
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