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10 Reasons to Visit Armenia during Autumn

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Armenia is one of the most magical and beautiful countries in the world no matter what the weather is like outdoors, but traveling to Armenia during the autumn season might be the best time to visit. The weather is no longer devastatingly hot, the leaves on the trees are turning all different shades of yellow, red, and brown, and the possibilities of things to do are endless. Once you experience Armenia’s sunny October weather, you’ll never want to leave. Here are some of the many reasons why you should make Armenia your autumn vacation spot.

1. Come and celebrate the birthdays of several cities

The cities of Yerevan, Ejmiatsin, Gyumri, and Stepanakert all celebrate their “birthdays” during the fall. The cities’ mayors organize massive events that can last several days that will celebrate the cities’ history, culture, and importance.

Ejmiatsin held its festive holiday on October 7th, Gyumri on October 1st, and Stepanakert on September 23rd. The inhabitants of these cities held small festivals, concerts, and other events dedicated to the Armenian culture. Prominent politicians and other public figures visit during these holidays, too.

This year, Yerevan’s holiday will be celebrated on October 20th and 21st. It will be the 2800th anniversary of Yerevan’s foundation. Fun fact: Yerevan is considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world, even older than Rome! For this festive day, the new mayor of Yerevan is bound to have many activities for tourists and locals alike to take part in, and guests from all different countries are expected to take a visit. If you can’t make it this year, the holiday is celebrated every year in October. Just another reason to come to Armenia in the fall! 

2. Celebrate Armenian Independence Day

Besides holidays dedicated to cities, Armenian Independence Day is also held in the fall, on September 21st. On September 21, 1991, Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union, which marked the formation of the second Republic of Armenia (the first one having lasted only a few short years before Armenia was incorporated into the Soviet Union). What better way to enjoy the autumn season in Armenia than to celebrate the day that Armenia became an independent state! Armenia has surely gone through a lot since 1991, but that’s all the more reason to celebrate this important day. Once again, festivals, concerts, exhibitions, and more are held on Armenian Independence Day, which will make you feel more in touch with Armenia’s culture and proud of all that Armenia has overcome.

3. Less tourists

Autumn is also the season where most people return to work and school, so therefore there won’t be as many tourists as there are in the summer months. This means that popular tourist attractions, such as Northern Avenue, Republic Square, Garni, and Geghard will be much less crowded. This will give you the opportunity to spend time in places that were tourist traps in the summer and to discover places that you might have never thought about! If you have time off during the autumn months, plan a trip to Armenia. Walking through the less-crowded streets of the city, breathing in the crisp fall air, and listening to the leaves crunching under your feet will make the experience all the more worthwhile.

4. Areni Wine Festival

Wine is one of the things that Armenia is most famous for, and Armenians have in fact been making wine for thousands and thousands of years. In the very city where winemaking was perhaps born in Armenia- Areni- a festival takes place every year in honor of the delicious red wine that Armenia is known for. The festival takes place in October and is one of the biggest wine festivals in the country. The experience is one that cannot be beat; the festival takes place right by the Areni Cave, which is considered to be the cradle of winemaking. Being able to experience Armenian wine while standing next to a piece of ancient history will be unforgettable! Besides drinking hundreds of different types of wine, there are lots of other events that take place at the festival, including exhibitions, songs, dances, and concerts. This holiday will make for a remarkable trip.

5. Dilijan - Tavush

Dilijan is considered to be the “Little Switzerland” of Armenia for its immense beauty, luscious mountains, and popular resort. Situated in the mountains of the Tavush region, the colors of the trees look just like a vibrant painting. A trip to Dilijan is a must if you plan on visiting Armenia during the autumn season.

Make sure you take a walk through the “old town,” and don’t forget to go to the Haghartsin Monastery and Parz Lake too! The Haghartsin Monastery will give you a feel of the old Armenian culture and religion. Parz Lake is tucked away into the mountains, making for a gorgeous landscape in the fall. Make sure that you take some warm clothes with you; it can get cold in the mountains during the fall.

6. Feast on Armenian fruits

Another thing that Armenia is very popular for are its fruits, which ripen and are in season right in time for fall. When you walk through Yerevan, you will find many markets where people sell dried fruits and fresh, ripe ones too. Many Armenians make tasty jams and other interesting fruit treats. Grapes have recently come into season too once fall hits. One thing most tourists agree on is that the taste of fruits in Armenia cannot be found anywhere else. If you want to experience the unique, sweet taste of Armenian fruits, then a trip to Armenia during the fall is an absolute must.

7. Museums and concerts galore

Fall is also the time when museums throughout Armenia organize special events. There are also many concerts held in Armenia during this time. This year, Armenia hosted the 17th annual Francophonie Summit, which featured leaders from all over the world, a taste of the French-speaking world, and concerts that even the President of France and the Prime Minister of Canada enjoyed! Something unique happens in Armenia every single day, whether it’s a new and upcoming artist who will be holding an open-air concert on Republic Square, someone who will hold a seminar on an interesting topic, or a brand new exhibition at a popular museum, it’s nearly impossible to get bored in Armenia!

8. Colorful Dendroparks

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, a trip to Stepanavan or Ijevan to see the wonderful Dendroparks is ideal for you. This is a forest that has been transformed into a park, where visitors can simply walk through the luscious trees and enjoy nature. It has been proven time and time again that spending more time outdoors and in nature is not only calming, but also very healthy for you. Dendropark is definitely unlike many places in Armenia, and especially during the chillier fall months, taking a walk through the colorful forests is all you need for a fresh recharge.

9. Gather and eat “khorovats” with friends and locals

While this can technically be done during any time of the year, it’s much more unique during the fall. There are plenty of tourist attractions, such as Lake Sevan and Aghveran, that have special places where you can bring your own food and host a barbecue with as many people as you’d like. The fall is the perfect season for this because not only is the weather just right, but the beauty of the outdoors will be interesting for everyone involved, specially if you are having the special "Ishkhan" fish of Armenia. So enjoy some of the last warm days of the year with a group of your best friends, eat as much Armenian food as you can, and have a great time exploring Armenia.

10. Take a ride on the ski lift in Tsaghkadzor

Despite the fact that Tsaghkadzor is a ski resort, it’s somewhere worth visiting during any time of the year, but especially the fall. Since it is one of the more popular tourist attractions in Armenia, there will be far less tourists in the fall than in the summer or winter. The weather will not be as hot, but it also won’t be freezing cold either. Go and take a ride on the ski lift, which will raise you up through the mountains of Tsaghkadzor and give you a view that people dream of seeing. Then, you can visit the Kecharis Monastery, go on the newly established zip line, and then go to one of the many traditional restaurants or cafes to dine. A day trip to Tsaghkadzor is a must if you plan to visit Armenia during the fall.

Now you have a whole list of reasons why you should visit Armenia during the autumn. Make sure to plan your next trip to Armenia in order to enjoy the colorful landscape and the last warmer days of the year.

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