You have decided to take a road trip and explore the different sights of Armenia. Only about 1.5-2 hour drive from Yerevan, Yeghegnadzor has so much to offer!
So what should you see before you get to city, once you are there, what are the best places to eat and drink, as well as stay a night or two in Yeghegnadzor?
WHAT TO SEE
Leaning towards the south of the country, Yeghegnadzor weather is usually temperate and mild. It is the center of Vayots Dzor region which stands out for its unusual nature. So as you take the road trip, look around and see the unique composition of rocks and trees on your way.
On the road to get to Yeghegnadzor is Areni –a village that is most famous for its wine production history. In any step of the road are sold various homemade wines – starting from flavors of classic grapes to even peach and raspberry. If you are interested in learning more on how wine is made in this region, take a tour at Areni Wine Factory or other wineries in the village. Fun fact – about ten years ago, a 5500 year old leather shoe has been found at one of the caves in Areni, which is believed to be the oldest shoe in the world.
Around 5-6 kilometers away from Areni is Noravank – one of the most mesmerizing monasteries you will ever see in Armenia, with a view of the beautiful gorge all around. This ancient monastery was built in the 13th century and what stands out about it are the narrow stairs on church of Surb Astvatsatsin. You need to be brave and really have the nerves to climb through them to get to the second floor.
Once you have made it to the city of Yeghegnadzor, you should check out Vayots Dzor History Museum. It’s not big but it’s a very informative place about the region and its stories. Just outside, in Vernashen village is the Gladzor University Historical-Cultural Museum-Reservation, which displays the rich history of one of the oldest universities of Armenia.
WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK
Right in the city is the famous Yeghegnadzor Food Court. It is a very common stop for travelers that are either going to a place in Vayots Dzor or continuing their road even further to Syunik region and beyond. So, besides finding good food, you are likely to meet many foreigners who are exploring the country just like you.
Interested in tasting more wine? Do not miss the chance to have an amazing experience at Old Bridge Winery. You can take a tour at the Winery, and with an amazing view conclude the day with winetasting. The place also offers a B&B (Bed & Breakfast), along with other services.
WHERE TO STAY
Speaking of places to stay, Yeghegnadzor and the surrounding areas have a variety of hotels to choose from and they also offer many quality B&Bs. If you are looking for a cozy place to be hosted by a family, check out various Bed & Breakfast options, offered by local individuals. These are usually great options, if you are looking to bond with people living in the area, who will tell you amusing insight stories of their beloved region.
Vayots Dzor region with the city of Yeghegnadzor is a great weekend getaway, if you are looking to explore more of Armenia’s beautiful nature and an opportunity to make connections with locals & other foreigners. Starting from checking out wineries to talking about the oldest shoe found in a cave, Yeghegnadzor is the perfect option for a road trip.
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