Hilltop monasteries, deep canyons and ancient ruins are found in Armenia, nestled in the heart of the Caucasus.
Bordering Iran, Turkyie, Azerbaijan and Georgia, this compact country has a turbulent history dating back centuries, with land disputes continuing to this day. Armenians are incredibly resilient, kind and hospitable despite the obstacles they face, making a trip to Armenia well worth the effort for those who enjoy impressive landmarks, dramatic landscapes, good food and wine.
Rose-hued facades, lively plazas, dazzling fountains and towering Mt Ararat looming in the distance makes the capital Yerevan quite picturesque, and it's a great base for day trips around the country.
Far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the serene spa town of Jermuk is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Armenia, and renowned for its natural thermal waters that are thought to have therapeutic properties. Other great options are the Khor Virap monastery, the red rock canyons in Noravank, Lake Sevan and Dilijan, the so-called 'Armenian Alps.'