There are plenty of romantic places in Armenia. That makes my country a lovely destination for couples who are seeking to spend quality time together. So, I put together a list of my favorite romantic spots to help you plan a romantic getaway with your significant other. So, check out my list of 7 best romantic places in Armenia below. And if you decide to visit any of them, please let me know what you thought of those spots. Share your pictures with me on Twitter or Instagram with #ArmeniaTravelTips. I love hearing from my readers!
The nature of Armenia varies from deep gorges with rivers and rocks to thick forests and lakes. While the former means amazing spots for hiking with your partner, the latter would be appreciated by fans of camping and long walks. So, regardless of your time-pass preferences, you are pretty much guaranteed to be able to spend great romantic moments here. Those who are more into urban settings in Armenia wouldn’t be disappointed either. In fact, the first two places on my list are just for you! Ok, let’s dive in…
1. Lovers’ park – true romance in Yerevan
You will most probably land in Yerevan when you travel to Armenia. Or, at least, you will most definitely spend some time in this city. That is why I’ll start my list of best romantic places in Armenia in our capital city. The first stop is Yerevan’s Lovers’ park. (click the link to see it on Google maps) You can find this very romantic place right on the intersection of Baghramyan and Demirchyan streets in the city center.
This park is one of the most beautiful and well-maintained parks in the entire Armenian capital. Technically, it dates to 18th century. However, it’s been completely renovated in 2008 into its current form – a Japanese style cute and serene shelter for special moments of connection. It has a beautiful pond in the middle, and a series of waterfalls and interesting statues. Moreover, its entire walking area is completely flat, so evening walks in this park are very pleasant.
Many local couples come here to spend a romantic evening together. Walking under the trees of the Lovers’ park, taking a rest on one of its countless benches observing the stars – everybody finds their own way of enjoying this space. So, don’t skip it, take your partner to the Lovers’ park for a sweet romantic walk.
2. Ferris wheel in Victory park
The second romantic spot on my list is still in Yerevan, in Victory park. It is much bigger than the Lover’s park and it is home for a big amusement park. Some might like the idea of spending time with their partner in this amusement park. After all, so many romantic movies show that scenario. However, I think in reality this place is worth visiting for its Ferris wheel. (click to view it on a map)
The history behind the Ferris wheel in Victory park is what makes this place particularly emotionally charged. Back in the Soviet years any kind of public display of affection was very much frowned upon. During those days this would be one of the rare places for those in love to hide from other’s eyes. High above the ground, it was the only opportunity for them to give a kiss to their partner. It’s touching to think about generations of young Armenians hiding there to share those beautiful moments together, away from the morality police of the communist regime.
In this age of high-rise buildings this wheel may not seem that high, of course. But just imagine that once it really was! And yes, no one would judge you for kissing your partner on the streets of Yerevan these days (although, unfortunately, that’s not true for same-sex couples). Nevertheless, doing it in such a special place is sort of symbolic and sweet, I think. By the way, if you want to learn more about the conservative attitudes of Armenians towards sex and romance, check out my post on the Armenian tradition called Red Apple.
3. Tsaghkadzor Ropeway
Now, let’s get out of Yerevan and drive to the beautiful resort town called Tsaghkadzor. It takes about 45 minutes to get here from Yerevan by car. By the way, if you are looking to travel around my country, check out my list of top cities to visit in Armenia. And if you happen to be visiting in winter, check out my tips for skiing in Tsaghkadzor. (coming soon) Anyway, we’re not here for skiing at the moment, so let’s go back to romance. 🙂
Besides cozy atmosphere and stunning nature Tsaghkadzor offers a chance to take a ride on a ropeway to the Mount Teghenis. And that’s our destination for this romantic getaway. Hop on the ropeway and you will travel in a two-seater ‘cable swing’ for 32 minutes. That’s just about enough time to tell your significant other how much you love them.
Here you will be enjoying a breathtaking view of surrounding mountains and nature from the height of 2819 meters. The ropeway itself is open throughout the year. Indeed, the demand for this rope-way is high enough for them to be able to stay open off skiing season. In fact, this is such a popular attraction that they even have their own Instagram page. Check it out below.
4. Horse-riding in Yenokavan
Yenokavan is a small Armenian village located in a very beautiful, picturesque province called Tavush. The region is well known for hosting the first Armenian extreme sports park, but that’s not quite the reason why I guide you here. So, why I consider this village one of the most romantic places in Armenia? The nature of this region and particularly the surroundings of Yenokavan village are amazing. And here you have an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful nature with your partner combining it with a horse-riding session.
Horse-riding is one of the most therapeutic activities, it’s very calming and gives you a sense of oneness with nature. Experiencing something like this with your partner is priceless. Despite there being many other activities available in Yenokavan area, nothing bits horse-riding as a romantic activity for couples, I think.
Of course, you might also be tempted to try some other activities available at Yell Park in Yenokavan. It’s your call! That’s also a great way of bonding for some! Or, if you are more like me, after horse-riding you might just want to have a relaxing evening. How about playing board games and enjoying some hot chocolate by the fireplace in the evening. Renting a cozy room in one of the local guest-houses could be a great idea in such case.
You can visit Yenokavan for a daytrip, cause it’s only in a two-hour drive from Yerevan. But I recommend spending at least one night here and then going for a walk together. This brings a feeling of joy and unification. Simply walking together while enjoying nature all around you will give you a sense of well-being and bliss. If you are looking for a place to stay in overnight, I recommend Lastiver Resort – you will love the view from your balcony! Check it out on their Instagram for example.
5. Parz lake in Dilijan national park
There is no best season for this place! Parz lake in the heard of the Dilijan national park is always amazingly beautiful. I couldn’t put together a list of best romantic places in Armenia and forget to mention Parz lake. Just imagine the following experience: you and your partner, surrounded by serene and beautiful nature, floating on a boat, and having deep conversations about your future. Isn’t that romantic?
If you are looking for a nice, calm environment, and a beautiful panorama, put Parz lake into your plan for romantic getaways while in Armenia – you won’t regret it. And, do not forget your camera, otherwise, you will miss some fantastic shots. Rafts of ducks and wild animals coming to the lake for a sip of water, old trees surrounding the lake, serene surface of the lake mirroring the nature around it – everything works together to overwhelm you visually.
And, by the way, if you do decide to travel here, check out my tips for things to do in Dilijan national park. Some epic experiences are guaranteed here – including hobbit-style housing for accommodation. If your partner is a geek, there is a high chance they’d love it! 🙂
6. Garni Temple and Symphony of Stones
Now let’s take a route to the south and visit the Temple of Garni. This is the only standing pre-Christian temple in Armenia and it dates back to the 1st century. You might be thinking it probably honors some sort of ancient goddess of love. And that would be the reason for it to appear on my list of romantic places in Armenia. No, not at all! That would be too much of a cliche, don’t you think so? No, the reason why I consider this place a good fit for a romantic getaway is less trivial. I don’t know why exactly, but the atmosphere here is very unique, and it has a very strong energy.
The view that opens in front of you when you’re at the edge of the cliff visiting this temple is just unforgettable. The place is rarely overcrowded, unless it is a special holiday or celebration. So visiting it is a great way to spend quality time and connect with your partner. Tune into the atmosphere of this ancient spiritual place and mentally travel in time with your soulmate.
A great idea could also be buying a traditional Armenian sweet pie, called Gata – one of the must try Armenian foods during your trip. There are a lot of grannies around Garni temple, selling fresh gatas on the spot. These pies are delicious, and it will add some extra sweetness to your bonding experience.
And since you are already here, I recommend you take a little walk and enjoy something pretty unique. Walk to Garni Gorge, have a rest on the bank of Azat river and enjoy the Symphony of Stones (click to see it on maps).
The Symphony of Stones is a natural rock formation of basalt columns. They are so perfect in shape that it’s hard to believe they weren’t carved by a human hand. When the wind hits the rocks from the right angle, a mysterious music-like sound can be heard in the area. It’s a pretty unique experience that you certainly want to share with your partner.
Also, you might want to combine the visit of Garni and the Symphony of Stones together with checking out the Geghard monastery complex. It is probably one of the most interesting UNESCO World Heritage sites in Armenia, as it features a huge monastery partially carved inside a mountain. Most travelers heading to Garni Temple also visit this monastery, since they’re so close to each other.
7. Tatev Monastery and Wings of Tatev
One of the best ways to bond with your partner is experiencing strong (preferably positive) emotions together. That’s why I think Wings of Tatev should definitely make it into my list of most romantic places in Armenia. Wings of Tatev is the longest double-track aerial tramway in the world (5752 m). It’s even recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. This cable-car will take you to the Tatev Monastery by the shortest route, in only 12 minutes. But, believe me, you’ll remember those 12 minutes forever! The scenery from the cable-car is spectacular. Even though the mechanism is safe and stable, you will have your portion of adrenaline rush for sure.
The Monastery itself is built on a large basalt plateau and is situated on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. So, you can imagine that the view from the Monastery is also quite breathtaking. Just look at the picture below! Wouldn’t your partner love to be in such an instagrammable place? I’d say chances are at least one of you two is going to love Tatev! 🙂
Final thoughts on romantic places in Armenia
There are some pretty amazing romantic places in Armenia that you can visit with your partner, no matter where you travel in our country. Experiencing nature and cultural enrichment together with your significant other is a great way to bond. So, I hope you like this list, and if you visit these romantic places, take pictures together and don’t forget to tweet/instagram those to me with #ArmeniaTravelTips. I love when my readers reach out! And check out my top picks for unique places and best views in Yerevan for more ideas.
And here are some more tips for you. Maybe, inviting your partner for a fine dining experience in one of the luxury restaurants of Yerevan can be something you’d find interesting. And in case you decide to take things a bit further, you may want to read my post explaining if foreigners can get married in Armenia. And just in case the opposite happens and you find yourself on the “singles market” again, I highly advice you to read more about the Armenian dating culture before you go out with anyone here. Trust me, you’ll thank me later! 😉
Featured image credit: Photo by Karine Avetisyan on Unsplash, edited