If you have decided to travel to this ancient country, there are some things to know before traveling to Armenia. You should learn about its nation, food, drinks, currency, language, transport and how to apply for a visa. Let’s go through all the points together to discover the essence of this beautiful country.
Armenians are very hospitable people, whether you are going with an exchange program to stay with a host family or traveling for leisure staying at a hotel or hostel, you can feel from the first moment the warm atmosphere. As Armenians like to call themselves, they are hot-tempered and a little “loud” people. You might see two Armenians talking to each other in a loud manner and think they are fighting, but wait, they are simply talking. From this point of view, they are a little like Italians.
The Armenian population is around 3 million people, 98% of it are ethnic Armenians.
Well, what Armenia is famous for is its delicious cuisine. It belongs to the family of Middle Eastern cuisine. The dishes are mainly made of meat; poultry, beef, pork, lamb, fish, etc. The two of the most popular dishes are known around the world namely Khorovats (barbeque) and Dolma.
Armenians appreciate when tourists ask about their national dishes, they get extremely excited.
Have you ever heard about Armenian water? You can enjoy Armenian water by simply opening the tape and drinking it. Yes, it is that safe and tasty. Tourists don’t have to spend money on water, there are a lot of fountains for drinking water in Yerevan and other cities of Armenia. By the way, a famous blogger Nas Daily after his visit to Armenia called the country “the land of free water”.
But in terms of drinks, Armenia is known for the production of brandy and wine. This makes the Yerevan Brandy Company a great tourist attraction with tasting tours and Ararat museum when visiting Armenia.
There are a lot of vineyards in the country and the most famous one is Areni vineyards where you can taste wines.
Armenian currency is dram. You can have quite a budget holiday in Armenia. You can check out the exchange rates here. It is quite cheap to live and feed in Armenia. You might spend 6-8 dollars per meal per person in restaurants and less in cafes.
Armenian national language is Armenian. It’s a little difficult to find a person speaking English outside of the capital Yerevan. The most common foreign language is Russian due to years spent under the Soviet Union. However, road signs are mainly in Armenian and English. You can learn a few words in Armenian like barev (hello), shnorhakalutyun or merci (thank you). We can assure, they will appreciate your efforts.
Armenia is considered a very safe country both for its nation and tourists. According to Gallup’s Law and Order Index 2019, Armenia is among the top ten safest countries in the world. However, a general precaution won’t hurt anybody.
There are a lot of buses, social transport in Yerevan and fewer in other countries and villages. They will take you to your preferred destinations at cheap rates. However, you’d better rent your own car with or without a driver to avoid misunderstandings.
With local rental companies like FreeWay, you can rent a car as low as $20 a day. You will get a car with unlimited mileage, 4G Wifi router, theft protection, insurance and much more. You can even try their driver services in case you want to have a full rest. You can book the car in advance, before arriving at Armenia via the online portal. As soon as you arrive, the representatives will welcome you with a sign and hand over the car to you or take you wherever you like. You can even travel to Georgia with that car and leave it there.
Citizens of a number of countries can get their Armenian tourist visa right at the border, yet some other countries do not need it at all. You can learn more about Armenian visa information and E-Visa application form on the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s official website.
This is all that you might need to learn about Armenia before traveling there. You can check out our previous article on “Top 5 things to do in Armenia”. Stay tuned to learn more about traveling in Armenia.