8 reasons you need to take a city trip to Yerevan

A city trip to Yerevan is not at the top of many people’s bucket lists. This should change, ASAP!

 

When people think of a city trip, places like Paris, Rome or London are usually on top of the list. And while these are all fine cities, my advice for your next city trip is to head to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Here are 8 reasons why Yerevan should be your next city trip destination.

1. A city trip to Yerevan fits any budget

Most city trips are grossly expensive. You’re initially lured in by cheap EasyJet flights, but once you’re there, everything costs an arm and a leg. That won’t be a problem in Yerevan.

Of course, you can lavish in 5-star luxury (feel free to bring us along), but you can just as easily live it up on a shoestring. To illustrate: you can get a pint/half a liter of beer in a bar for 400 AMD (€0.80), and we stayed in the chillaxed Glide Hostel for only €16/night for a double room!

The cost of one drink in London could buy you a night of drinks in Yerevan. No, you definitely don’t have to break the bank on your city trip to Yerevan.

Two pints of Kilikia beer in Yerevan, Armenia.

One mini-beer in Amsterdam or two pints in Yerevan? Decisions, decisions.

2. Yerevan has great public transport

Good public transport is a must in any major city. Yerevan is well-serviced by buses and marshrutky (mini buses), but the most convenient way to get around is by metro. Costing only 100 AMD (€0.20) per ride regardless of distance, it is easily the cheapest mode of transport in the city. It stops near all the hotspots and major areas of interest, and because there is only one line, you can’t get lost (very important for uncoordinated souls like us).

Metro coin for city trip in Yerevan.

You enter the metro by buying a plastic coin for 100 AMD at any metro station in Yerevan.

3. Yerevan is more metropolitan than you think

Unlike what you might imagine when thinking of a city in a former Soviet country, Yerevan is extremely metropolitan. It bustles with trendy bars and cafes, frequented by well-heeled locals.  It has great shopping, from high-end stores to market stalls, amongst a wide array of other activities.

Market in Yerevan

From market stall to super mall, Yerevan has got it all.

4. Yerevan has an extensive history and loads of culture

Armenia and its history can be traced back to Noah and his descendants. The country overflows with history and culture, most of it unbeknownst to the western world.  Yerevan itself is packed with museums, art galleries, and very stately Soviet era buildings, and there are some great historical treasures just a day trip away. Trust me—you’ll never be at a loss for things to do in Yerevan.

Statue of Sasuntsi Davit, or David of Sassoun, the hero of an Armenian epic.

You can visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the mother church of Armenia’s Apostolic Church, and marvel at what is considered the oldest cathedral in the world.

More interested in guides tours? Check out the best tours in Yerevan and other parts of Armenia!

Etchmiadzin Cathedral outside of Yerevan, Armenia, thought to be the oldest cathedral in the world.

Perhaps one of the holiest places in all of Armenia, Etchmiadzin Cathedral.

Another top destination is the UNESCO World Heritage listed Geghard Monastery, a beautifully located monastery complex founded by Gregory the Illuminator.

Or head out farther to Khor Virap, a monastery overlooking mystical Mount Ararat, where Noah’s Ark supposedly crashed. Though Mount Ararat lies within Turkey’s borders, Armenians like to say that it’s theirs, and it’s just “on loan” to the Turkish people for now.

Daytrip from yerevan Kor Virap

Khor Virap with mystical Mount Ararat in the background, just one of the many places that make Yerevan such a vibrant destination.

All of these sights, which can be visited in an easy day trip, make a city trip to Yerevan a must for anyone interested in history and culture.

5. Yerevan is pleasantly walkable

Some cities are just a mess to get around in. Sights are spread and traffic is a mess. Not in Yerevan. Being such a small city, almost everything is in walking distance from each other. And unlike in many other countries, the traffic is not particularly stressful, so walking is actually pleasant.

Cool turquoise taxi in Yerevan, Armenia.

And if walking is not your style, you can always hitch a ride in the coolest taxi ever.

6. Armenians are super friendly

For some reason, it seems that people in capital cities are less friendly than those in smaller towns in countries. This does not apply to Yerevan. People are always willing to help, and it is not unlikely that someone will strike up a conversation by asking where you are from. If you are invited to someone’s house, or to have dinner and a drink somewhere, say yes!

7. Yerevan is extremely safe

With the latest terror scare in Brussels, going on a city trip might seem like a dangerous endeavor. Not so in Yerevan. Being far from the fronts of religious wars, terror is not an issue here, and general crime is also non-existent. You are way more likely to be pick-pocketed in Rome, Barcelona, or Amsterdam than you are in Yerevan. It is one of the safest capitals we have ever been to, hands down.

8. Yerevan has great food

Armenian food is rich and filling, with hints of blended spices that never overwhelm. Meat lovers can rejoice over copious amounts of barbecue, but there are plenty of vegetarian options as well. Dining options come in all shapes and forms, from little shawarma/kebab hole-in-the-wall snack bars to luxurious dining experiences. Food in Yerevan will keep you coming back for more.

Tasty food Yerevan

A huge bowl of couscous, beef, tomato, onions and greens set me back only 1400 AMD (under €3).

Bonus: the attractive girls of Yerevan

Yerevan has extremely attractive girls. Everywhere we went, our heads were turning (Yes, I like beautiful girls, too -A). We’ve seen few cities so densely packed with well-dressed, good-looking girls as Yerevan.

Still not convinced? Check out more reasons why you need to visit Armenia!

 

8 reasons you need to take a city trip to Yerevan, Armenia ASAP.

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Sebastiaan

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9 thoughts on “8 reasons you need to take a city trip to Yerevan

    Mrs. G-Dragon says:

    You described Yerevan beautifully! Thank you for visiting my motherland. I hope you will visit again 🙂

    Alex says:

    We’ll definitely be coming back one day! We need to come back to Armenia sometime in summer or fall 🙂

    Ann Sargsian says:

    You definitely need to visit in summer, it’s great here, thanks a lot for the articles, I was so proud and pleased to read them, hope you’ll visit again, in summer, I’m sure you’ll like it more

    Kim says:

    I’m sorry if I missed it but what restaurant did you eat the food from the picture at? I’m in Yerevan now and I need that bowl of delicious!!! 🙂

    Sebastiaan says:

    Oh I wish we know. Unfortunately we don’t keep track of these things (we should, I know), and have no idea where it was. Sorry 🙁

    Lusine Mkhitaryan says:

    Thank you for this article! I really liked the way you describe our city and enjoyed every single reason. I was reading it with a wide smile. Hope you will come back soon and discover Armenia, again.

    Sebastiaan says:

    Glad to hear you liked it. We had a lot of fun in Yerevan, and hope to be back one day. Cheers!

    Lusine Mkhitaryan says:

    It’s great that you liked it. I hope you will come back soon.

    Harry and Jan Campbell says:

    We are leaving soon to stay with our son and his family for Christmas in Yerevan.

    Can’t wait to see and explore the richness of this culture and its people.

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