Tuesday, December 3 2019 20:22
Alexandr Avanesov

The American magazine included Armenia in the top 20 best  destinations in 2020

The American magazine included Armenia in the top 20 best  destinations in 2020

ArmInfo.Conde Nast Traveler, the American travel magazine, included Armenia in the top 20 best destinations in 2020.

The publication writes that Armenia is on its way to being one of  next year's most talked-about destinations. Ryanair will begin flying  to Armenia in 2020, marking the first time a low-cost airline has  serviced the country and ringing in a new era for travel there.  One-way tickets start at $33, making Armenia a budget-friendly-and  blissfully offbeat-add-on to your next trip to Europe.

Beyond the capital, much of Armenia's tourism revolves around the  churches that dot the countryside. (Insider tip: Monastery fatigue is  a thing, so don't overbook yourself.) Khor Virap, Noravank, Geghard,  and the Ancient Roman temple of Garni are so history-packed and  picturesque they'll leave even the staunchest nonbeliever breathless.  But Armenia's foremost architectural jewel is Etchmiadzin, the oldest  cathedral in the world, consecrated in 303 A.D. and the Armenian  equivalent of the Vatican.

The country's natural wonders are perhaps even more arresting than  its man- made ones. Lake Sevan, which engulfs 16 percent of the  country, is a magnificent sight against the rugged foothills of the  Caucasus Mountains and makes for refreshing dips during the scorching  summer months. Off its northern tip is Dilijan National Park, a lush  wooded reserve home to lynx, bears, and wolves, where a 50-mile  section of the Transcaucasian Trail was bushwhacked into existence  last spring to the glee of adventurous hikers.

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