Armenia, The Cradle of Civilization

Updated: Feb 17, 2019

Armenia is a country with ancient and exceptional history. According to ancient civilizations, Armenia was where man was created. The area was referred to as Eden.

Armenia is a country with ancient history and rich culture. In fact, it is one of the oldest countries in the world. Scientific research, numerous archeological findings and old manuscripts prove that the Armenian Highlands are the very Cradle of Civilization.

Some of the world’s oldest things were found in Armenia. The world’s oldest leather shoe (5,500 years old), sky observatory (7,500 years old), depictions of agriculture (7,500 years old) and wine-making facility (6,100 years old) all were found in the territory of Armenia.

“Armenian folklore has it that three apples fell from Heaven, one for the storyteller, one for the listener, and the third for one who "took it to heart".”

Besides the colorful stories and antiquities, Armenia is quite affordable and a wonderful family destination.

A Myriad of Fun for Your Family

In Armenia, one of the world’s safest countries, there are plenty of things to do with your children – whether they crave the knowledge bursting from the museums or the thrills of the water and amusement parks peppered around the city. No matter the season and the age of you and your children there’s always something fun and exciting to do in Armenia.

Yerevan Zoo

The Yerevan Zoo has 2,600 animals of 190 different species, including an aquarium with over 800 fish! There are rare birds and large mammals such as tigers and bears, as well as a special exhibit on snakes. Visiting the zoo can be not only a fun, but also an education experience for the whole family. Your kids will develop valuable skills and priceless knowledge without getting bored.

Summer Leisure in Armenia

In the hot summer months, locals and tourists flock to Lake Sevan to get away from the heat. Stay for a few days at one of the many resorts or in a tent on the shoreline, to unwind and let your kids be kids. The friendly staff are always looking for ways to entertain and provide activities for the youngest. Sit back with a glass of wine, or better yet, join in on the fun!

The Great Outdoors

You may choose to explore the countryside and the multitude of historic monuments and amazing scenery, and there are multitudes of easy and completely safe routes that can be hiked or traversed on horseback, that will really give your children vivid experiences of nature. Many outdoor centers have opened up these past years offering a variety of activities, from zip-lining to rock climbing, all carefully and safely managed to ensure the most enjoyable rush of adrenaline anyone could hope for. See the joy on your children’s faces as they land, open-eyed, hair blown back, smiles reaching from ear to ear, after launching out into the vast Lastiver Gorge, on a series of zip-lines stretching almost two kilometers at heights of over two-hundred meters!

Exploring the Armenian Culture

If you are looking for a more educational experience for your family, know that cultural life in Armenia is always accessible to all as culture has always been intertwined with Armenian life. Cities such as Shushi and Dilijan were historic bohemian centers for music and art, and thanks to Soviet and post-Soviet influence, this is now materialized in the plethora of music halls, jazz bars, theaters, and galleries that are almost within a stone’s throw of one another. Listen to the upbeat, distinctly Armenian jazzy reggae of Reincarnation at the Reincarnation Hall, or head down to Mezzo for the soothing sounds of Armenian jazz. Khachatryan, arguably one of the most world-renowned Armenian composers, has half of the Opera House named after him, where international and national orchestras often perform musical masterpieces.

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