Armenia is a small beautiful country located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Travel to Armenia is becoming popular day by day, and no matter when you decide to visit it in summer or in winter,the country is beautiful in any season and you will get a lot of unforgettable impressions during your trip. For those who plan to visit Armenia in summer, we have some useful tips for having a rich and fascinating holiday.
Extreme vacation in Armenia
Mountainous Armenia has all the necessary conditions for the developing of extreme tourism. So if you prefer adventure travel and cannot imagine your holidays without the portion of adrenalin we have some interesting tips for you.
First, you can start your exciting Armenian trip with hiking in the mountains. That will let you explore the country from the extraordinarily beautiful and fascinating side. The view of majestic mountains will gain your heart and stay in memory for a long time. There are enough routes for hiking in Armenia each of which passes through breathtaking landscapes and historical monuments. During each trip,you will be able to explore ancient historic monasteries and castles, majestic waterfalls, mysterious caves and etc. Consider the hiking routes to Lastiver Caves, the route from Parz Lake to Goshavank Monastery, the climbing to the southern peak of Araragats Mount.
You can also take a cycling tour and enjoy the beauty of nature and summer sun. Do not forget to wear a hat because the sun is very hot in Armenia.
Mountaineering and climbing are special kinds of outdoor activities, which are preferred by real lovers of extreme emotions. Armenia is a mountainous country, offering a great choice for fans of this kind of sport.The best choice will be a climbing to the northern peak of Mount Aragats (4090m) and Khustup (3214m). Aragats Mount is the highest in Armenia. It is the favorite destination of both tourists and locals. Another great place for climbing is a canyon of Noravank Monastery. There are steep limestone cliffs and a river with lush flora.
To enjoy all the beauty of the mountains you can arrange a paragliding flight and see the Armenian plains from bird's eye view.
If you are a fan of water sports, you can go to the amazing azure Lake Sevan – the pearl of Armenian nature and the highest freshwater lake in the world.Take part in diving and wind surfing. There is a special diving school at the lake, and you can also use the service of well-qualified instructors.
To learn the history and traditions of Armenia and get acquainted with its culture and people you need to spend more time with them. In this case,the best choice will be a rural tourism or ecotourism that is gaining popularity in Armenia day by day. Rural tourism is an excellent opportunity to run away from the city's hustle and bustle and be a step closer to nature. Choosing ecotourism in Armenia you will live a few days in cozy guest houses, take part in the cooking of Armenian traditional dishes, and of course visit local attractions. In addition, ecotourism includes some interesting sport activities like horse riding.
Those who want to improve their health and relax in the lap of nature can consider sanatoriums of Armenia located in small and cozy resort towns. The largest and most popular are the sanatoriums in Jermuk, Hankavan, Sevan, Dilijan, Tsaghkadzor, Aghveran and Arzni.
Summer festivals and holidays in Armenia
So, you have already planned a trip to Armenia in summer. What you need to do is to write down all the summer festivals and be sure to visit them.
On the 16th of May,Armenians celebrate Tolma festival in Sardarapat. During the festival, you will have a chance to try national dishes among which the main place is occupied by tolma – delicious local dish prepared from minced meat and grape leaves. The ritual is accompanied by jolly songs and dances.
The most popular folk festival is the festival of khorovats (translated from Armenian – barbecue), which is held in Akhtala. It's just crazy fun, where guests are offered more than 40 types of BBQ. And,of course,no Armenian festival is held without music and dances.
For vegetarians,we offer to visit the festival of honey and mulberries in Goris. During the festival, you can taste delicious mulberry and other fruits and berries. The most interesting part of the festival is ahead; you will have the opportunity to participate in the production of the famous mulberry vodka. Mulberry vodka is known for its medicinal properties, but be careful: the strength of this drink can be compared with rum or tequila.
In mid-August,the festival of carpet is held in Dilijan which presents the best handmade rugs that can be purchased during the event.
At the beginning of June, the festival of "sheep shearing" is held in Syunik region. It is some kind of reality show that organizes the competition for sheep shearing. The most exciting part of the process is that the sheep are sheared with old scissors which pass from generation to generation.
So, as you have seen Armenia offers a lot of fun activities for summer holidays. It is up to you what to choose.