Things to do in Stepanavan is a topic that will help travelers to organize their trip in the most productive way to one of the most picturesque Armenian resort towns with wonderful nature, pure air and rich historic-cultural heritage.
Stepanavan is a mountain resort, situated in the North of Armenia, in Lori Province.
Thanks to its mountainous climate, pure air (especially favorable for people with respiratory problems), thick forests and centuries-old history, Stepanavan is attractive not only for locals but also for tourists from all over the world.
In a word, while in Armenia, Stepanavan should be on the top of your travel bucket list because all of the beautiful things to do and see there. Here are 6 of our favorites things to do.
So, if you’re thinking about booking a trip to Armenia, don’t forget to head north!
You may soon regret not knowing about this wonderful Armenian city earlier.
Things to Do in Stepanavan #1 | Visit Dendropark
Dendropark in Stepanavan is one of the miraculous beauties of Armenia that can’t but delight visitors.
The botanical garden covers an area of 35 ha and is considered the first natural forest landscape in the Transcaucasia that was converted into a forest park.
Many plants were acquired from the botanic gardens of Tbilisi, Kiev, Moscow as well as Far East as part of an international exchange programs. Later on, specimens were acquired from such countries as the US, Germany, France, China and Portugal.
It should be said that many species were distributed throughout the world as well.
The garden is charming in every season. The mild climate of this area, with its cool and wet summers and moderately cold winters is favorable to reproduce and distribute precious and highly decorative species of trees and shrubs.
Dendropark is a peaceful and perfect place for botanical or zoological tours and for excursions all year round with your family and friends.
By the way, admission is free and open to the public. So, go to the park and enjoy the time you spend there.
Almost forgot to add. There is a small wooden bridge in the park. No, no! It’s not an ordinary one. It is magical. Make a wish while crossing it for the first time and make sure it will come true.
Things to Do in Stepanavan #2 | Take Photos of “Hnevank Monastery”
Being in Armenia and not seeing ancient Armenian churches is like not seeing the Eiffel Tower or Leaning Tower of Pisa, Egyptian Pyramids or Christ the Redeemer Statue while in France, Italy, Egypt or Brazil.
So, make sure Armenian churches are on the top of your travel bucket list.
This splendid monastery, decorated with fine stone carving, is really an old one built originally in the 7th century, but totally rebuilt in 1144, as Georgian inscription around the drum attests.
The monastery has a gavit and various service buildings scattered around the site.
Hnevank, which literally translated means “Old Monastery”, is especially attractive during spring and summer months when it’s surrounded with colorful wildflowers.
You will have many amazing photos of “Hnevank” to share with your friends who are excited to hear about your trip and see the beautiful images.
Things to Do in Stepanavan #3 | Go River Rafting! Dzoraget River is Waiting for You
Hey folks, is there anyone into rafting? If so, let’s head to Dzoraget River, a popular recreational destination with some exceptional views over the river and mountains.
The Armenian Travel Bureau considers Dzoraget the only Armenian river suitable for rafting.
The Dzoraget River flow is from west to east, passing through picturesque gorges around the town of Stepanavan.
The commonest rafting route begins at the Dzoraget Bridge, near the town of Stepanavan.
Don’t forget to take good river shoes, fishing equipment, a bottle of water, your favorite snacks and finally a waterproof camera.
Thing to Do in Stepanavan #4 | Visit Lori Berd
Visiting Armenia is a fantastic idea for history lovers, because there’re a bunch of ancient buildings, fortresses and monasteries to explore.
One of such excellent travel destinations is of course Stepanavan. While you are in Stepanavan don’t miss the chance to visit the ancient Lori Berd (“berd” means “fortress” in Armenian).
This historical, currently ruined fortress of Lori is located 4, 5 km of Stepanavan Dendropark, at an altitude of 1379 m.
The fortress had territory of 33 ha and was in the full blossom in the second half of the 11th century.
Lori Berd possesses massive towers and grand stone blocks that will immediately attract your attention.
So, wander around, take some pictures and let history unfold before your eyes as you explore everything Lori Berd has to offer.
Things to Do in Stepanavan #5 | Have an Unforgettable Time in “Carahunge Café & More”
Let’s be honest! Unlike the capital Yerevan, you won’t find so many dining options in Stepanavan. Sure, there are some places to eat in Stepanavan, including restaurants on some of the highways and at the hotels or resorts.
But in Stepanavan you can find something special that isn’t available even in Yerevan. That’s “Carahunge café and more”, a unique café/restaurant, bookstore and library.
Here, in Carahunge you will,
- Taste the best of Armenian and International cuisine,
- Read and buy English, French, German and Armenian books for all generations,
- Play chess,
- Enjoy a great variety of wine from all around the world and Armenia,
- Get introduced to Art & Artcraft by Armenian craftspeople and artists,
- Be prepared for great musicians in the background.
Make sure, once you enter “Carahunge café and more” you’d like to spend your whole day here. Sure, you’ll have enough time to eat, drink, laugh, dance, read and listen to quality music at Carahunge after seeing all the places on your must-list.
Things to Do in Stepanavan #6 | It’s time to Know Who Stepan Shahumyan is: Visit Stepan Shahumyan Museum
After having a lot of fun visiting Dendropark, rafting on Dzorgaet River, taking fascinating photos at Lori Berd, seeing Hnevank Monastery you’ll understand how much you already like this cozy Armenian city.
Now it’s time to enhance your experience with rich insights into the history of your tourist destination by visiting Stepan Shahumyan Museum.
It goes without saying Stepanavan was named in honor of Stepan Shahumyan, a prominent Armenian Bolshevik leader.
So, it comes as no surprise that in the city you’ll also pass by the Statue of Stepan Shahumyan, flanked by two orange-colored tufa stone pillars.
In this Museum, you will get in touch with Stepan Shahumyan’s favorite things and see the Shahumyan family belongings, such as photographs, furniture and documents exhibited.
Though the exhibition is mainly dedicated to the life of Shahumyan, you will get introduced to some items, telling about the history of Stepanavan.
There are a few interesting findings from Lori berd exhibited. Besides, second floor is entirely occupied by local art.
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