Ijevan is an incredibly beautiful city in north-eastern Armenia which is a perfect place for active rest, for example, by tasting the wine from Ijevan Wine Factory.
In Ijevan, Armenia, you can rent an affordable hotel room and wake up to a view overlooking stunning forests, ponds and monasteries, go horseback riding and hiking, chat with friendly locals with a tasty glass of wine made by Ijevan Wine Factory.
Keep reading to find out what else you can do in Ijevan and learn more about this cozy city that will make you want to book a trip to Ijevan right now.
Basic Information about Ijevan
Location and Population of Ijevan
Ijevan is the administrative center of Tavush Marz. It covers 6 km2. Surrounded with the Gugark Mountains, Ijevan is situated on both sides of the Aghstev River at an average height of 755 metres above sea level.
The population of the town is about 22.000, making it the most populated town in Tavush Marz.
Located on a very important trade route, the region was a home to many inns and caravansaries for the merchants and their caravans for many centuries. That is how the city got its name (Ijevan means “caravansary” or “inn”).
Today Ijevan is the administrative, industrial, education and cultural center. It’s also a transport junction of the whole north-eastern part of Armenia.
The Yerevan-Tbilisi highway passes through Ijevan.
By the way, Ijevan is only half an hour north of another incredibly beautiful and important resort town Dilijan. The road from Dilijan to Ijevan is really stunning.
Industries of Ijevan
Ijevan is famous for its natural recourses including large deposits of marble, limestone, dolomite, agate, and clay which have become the foundation of industrial development in the city. The main trend of industry is manufacturing.
The city has fine arts and music schools, House of Culture, several secondary schools and colleges. The Ijevan branch of Yerevan State University and the branch of “Mkhitar Gosh” University provide young people with an opportunity to pursue higher education.
Ijevan has its own television company called Ijevan TV. This is somehow a privileged thing in Armenia, because, usually, there are state, or international TV channels all around the country. Very few cities have their local TV channels. Ijevan TV is one of those rare ones.
Climate of Ijevan
The climate in Ijevan is perfect for people who like cool spring and autumn, warm winters and not too hot summers.
The average annual temperature is 10.60 °C, in January 0 °C, while in July 21.3 °C. The maximum temperature registered ever in Ijevan is +37 °C and the minimum is -23 °C. The annual average precipitation is 600 mm.
How to get to Ijevan?
The distance between Yerevan and Ijevan is about 140 km. It takes approximately 2 hours to get to Ijevan by a taxi from Yerevan.
You can get there by public transport as well. You just need to take a van (marshrutka) from Yerevan’s northern bus station. The trip will cost you about AMD 5000 ($10) and it will take about 3 hours to get to your destination.
If you, however choose neither of these two options of travelling, you can hitchhike to Ijevan, or carpool with a group of people. Make sure you will have a lot of fun chatting with the driver or people you are carpooling with.
Many travel agencies’ offer hiking tours as well. Thus, whenever you get to Ijevan, you will have a lot of time at your disposal for hiking, biking, horseback riding. The city is a great place for outdoor activities. But we will come back to it a bit later.
Now let’s understand how to get back from the city after fully enjoying the trip.
The bus stand in Ijevan is in front of a hotel, just uphill from the Vardanants Cafe. There is a little ticket window displaying departure information. There are vans going to Yerevan every hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In case you need help, visit the Tourist Information office in Ijevan.
Things to See and Do in Ijevan
Thing to See and Do in Ijevan #1: Ijevan Wine Factory
Before reaching Ijevan visit “Ijevan Wine Factory”, which is famous for its exceptionally tasty wines.
Today the factory produces more than 20 varieties of wine, which are exported to different countries including Russia, Baltic States, Ukraine, France, USA, etc.
The factory has been awarded many gold and silver medals and certificates in numerous international competitions.
The factory also offers free tours. During tours visitors will have a unique opportunity to see the factory store, observe the production process and, of course, taste the best wines of the factory.
Don’t forget to buy the best varieties of Armenian wine from Ijevan Wine Factory store.
Thing to See and Do in Ijevan #2: Visit historical and cultural monuments
Those who are interested in architecture may also find places of interest in Ijevan. The city and the surroundings of the city are rich in cultural and historical monuments.
Due to the richness and diversity of its decorations, Makaravank is one of the most significant architectural monuments. The monastery was built in the 10th century. It is located around 15 km north of Ijevan, near the Achajur village.
Though the monastery is no longer used for services, the complex is well preserved and is still a popular destination for tourists.
The fascinating beauty of other monasteries like, Kirants Monastery, Gandzakar village monastery and Arakelots Monastery of Kirants, also make a deep impression on travelers.
Thing to See and Do in Ijevan #3: Go Hiking and Horse Riding
There are many caves, waterfalls and high mountain lakes in Ijevan region. The city literally sinks in forests, making the town a wonderful resort and an ideal place for organizing hiking, biking, horse riding tours and other outdoor activities.
There are some travel agencies that offer hiking, rock climbing and horse riding excursions for people who like to experience extreme emotions.
Here in Ijevan you have an opportunity to hike to eco-camp Lastiver Anapat, Okon church, fortress of King Ashot Erkat, Monastery Kirants, etc. This will make you fall in love with this city.
Thing to See and Do in Ijevan #4: Museum of History and Geology of Ijevan
The Museum of History and Geology of Ijevan was established in 1955. You can find around 1500 items of the Tavush Marz history and geology, exhibited in this museum.
So, if you are in Ijevan, visit this Museum to discover some of the ancient layers of Armenian history. Only here you can see a completely preserved Bronze Age sword and the telegraph, that sent a telegram from Ijevan to Moscow on November 29, 1920. It was sent to inform Lenin about the establishment of Soviet power in Armenia.
Thing to See and Do in Ijevan #5: Ijevan Botanical Garden
People in Ijevan are proud of their exotic Botanical garden (also called Ijevan Dendropark), which was founded in 1962.
Ijevan Dendropark is in south from Ijevan, on the right bank of the Aghstev River and occupies 14.5 hectares. The plant collection includes over 625 species and varieties.
More than 750 species of trees and shrubs have been experimented, 620 of which are well adapted to the geographical and climatic conditions of Ijevan. Here you can also find many hybrid plants.
Ijevan Dendropark is one of the favorite and most visited places among tourists.