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We’ve all heard of Armenia or have Armenian friends, yet most of us know nothing about this Caucasus country. In case you too are clueless about it, Armenia is an Eurasian country located in the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia. It is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran to the south. As a result of its geographical location, the country has a compelling blend of European and Asian heritage, culture and food. It’s very cheap and relatively safe – read on for my full Armenia travel blog.
Armenia isn’t usually an instant hit with travelers. But strangely, I love Armenia, more so than neighbouring Georgia which is a big hit with backpackers, or its current arch enemy Azerbaijan. Perhaps because of my propensity for unconventional places or my interest for places with a tragic past. Regardless, Armenia won my heart despite the short amount of time we spent there.
Beyond the capital city, Armenia is defined by looming mountains and dramatic landscapes punctuated by medieval churches and Soviet bloc style buildings. Its extraordinary collection of medieval monasteries is impressive, but its canyons, lakes and ski slopes are what make this country so damn beautiful. Let’s not forget the surprising delight of Yerevan, so exuberant and vibrant it reminds me of Asia more so than Europe.
In comparison to its Caucasus neighbors, Armenia is truly unique in its culture and history. The country has got its own alphabets and language family, own ethnicity, and cultural identity. At times it feels like Asia and at times it’s very much European. The charming blend of East and West is very evident here, in this intriguing country.