Armenia is the only country remaining from 3000-year-old maps of Anatolia. It became the world’s first Christian country almost 1700 years ago in 301 AD. Travel to Armenia to discover delicious food, ancient history, and beautiful culture.
The official name of Armenia is the Republic of Armenia. However, the natives here call it “Hayastan”.
Armenia is both a culturally and historically rich country. Its antiquity lies as early as the bronze age. Native Armenians are the dominant ethnic group in the country, comprising around 98% of the population. Over three million people make up its population.
The official language of the country is Armenian. Due to Soviet past, the Russian language is also widely spoken. Around 40% of the population understands English. However, you should rather search for English-speakers among youngsters, and not elderly.
The official currency is Armenian Dram. The approximate exchange rate is AMD483 for US$1. Currency exchange is available at the airports, banks, some hotels, and shops. US Dollar is the preferable currency for exchanging. Credit cards are acceptable in major cities. Also, ATMs are available in cities widely.
You can hire a taxi in the city center or by telephone. However, you should negotiate the price, before getting in the car. You can also hire a car with a driver, but it can be quite expensive. Also, it is advisable to hire cars through official channels, such as hotels and travel agencies.
In Armenia, they use electric sockets of types C and F, as everywhere in Europe. The standard voltage is 230V.
Armenian culture is tailored in particular to the country’s native population. Armenia has both a unique alphabet and language. Though they have relied on oral storytelling for centuries, literature is one of their great contributions. Geography, architecture, literature, dance and music comprise the culture of the local people.
Half a million people visit Armenia every year. The country has been investing in the tourism industry since the beginning of the 1990s. Beautiful sceneries and outdoor activities are the major attractions in Armenia. Lake Sevan, the world’s largest mountain lake is a popular summer tourist spot. And the Tsakhadzor ski resort offers not only winter skiing facilities but also an opportunity for hiking and picnicking year-round. Don’t miss Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, which of boasts many historical and cultural attractions.
Armenians are both a welcoming and hospitable people and take great pleasure in entertaining their guests. Armenian food dates back to ancient history, like the country itself does. It is a mix of various tastes, spices, and aromas. Many meals contain both lamb and eggplant. Flatbread called lavash is also widely popular. The food here is fresh. You won’t experience these flavors anywhere else in the world! Those who travel to Armenia must be sure to taste the unique dishes.
If you’re planning your next big trip, make sure you go to Armenia, where you can actually experience it all.
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