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Yerevan is the capital of Armenia and the largest city in the country. The magnificent architecture of the Soviet era along with the rich history of the city made it one of the most attractive places for tourists in the Caucasus. Yerevan's love of art, literature, religion quite captivates everyone who comes here. Many travelers will begin their acquaintance with Armenia right here, and they will certainly not regret anything!
This is not only the main airport in Yerevan, but also the busiest in the country. During the year, it serves about 2.5 million passengers. Against the backdrop of large international hubs such as Singapore or New York, this number seems quite insignificant. But for a small and not yet sufficiently popular Armenia, the flow of tourists is impressive.
The airport consists of three terminals, the oldest of which is no longer working. Zvartnots is in a constant process of modernization and construction. The airport is very convenient, but there is nothing to be impressed with.
There is official Airport Taxi of the Zvartnots airport. You can find a car in the parking lot when leaving the terminal. The fare to the center will be only $ 3–7, depending on the distance.
Free walking tours are one of the best ways to get to know the city. Local volunteers are ready to show their hometown for free, sending tourists to iconic places. And most importantly, you will not find many of the guides' stories in any guidebook.
Tours are available on request, so you need to arrange a walk in advance. Also remember that the concept of a free walking tour involves any reward at the end that you want to provide — whether it is money or a cup of coffee.
Republic Square is located in the city center. It is good to walk in the evenings, watching the ordinary everyday life of Yerevan residents. To complete the construction of this square, it took as much as 50 years, although most were completed in the middle of the last century.
There are also the History Museum and the National Gallery. Their visit will help to better understand Armenia as a whole and get acquainted with its rich history.
Almost everyone is familiar with Georgian food, but what do you know about Armenian cuisine? Meanwhile, food in Yerevan is dangerously good. "Dangerous" means it's absolutely impossible to stop.
Start exploring local food with a classic manti dish. This is a steam version of khinkali with an excellent set of seasonings for meat. Manti is served most often in a thick tomato-garlic sauce.
Another important dish in Yerevan is Lahmajun. Rumor has it that this recipe was brought by the Armenians who briefly emigrated to Central Asia, and then returned back. Lahmajun is a crispy pastry with beef mince, herbs and spices. Such an Armenian version of pizza.
Be sure to try basturma sandwiches in Yerevan. After all, they know how to cook basturma according to all the rules. Or order an omelet with this type of meat, which everyone in Yerevan eats without exception. And for sweets, eat one of dozens of types of churchkhela — nuts in jelly grape juice.