Armenia

In 301 AD Armenia became the world's first Christian country. Though small, its wealth of history at a crossroads between Europe and Asia and its diverse mountainous landscape surprise and entertain the few visitors who come. Monasteries from many different periods dot the landscape, many in remote and beautiful locations.

The capital, Yerevan, has some fantastic ancient and Soviet architecture which make for a contrasting mix, and the magnificent Mount Ararat in Turkey can be seen on a clear day. Relations with Azerbaijan and Turkey are difficult and the borders are closed since Nagorno-Karabakh fought a war with Azerbaijan and declared independence in 1994.

Country

Armenia flag

Why you should go:

Because you want to be surprised.

Why you shouldn't:

You plan to visit Azerbaijan – they don't like Armenian passport stamps.

Map of Armenia