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General Advice for Travelling in Armenia

General Advice For Travelling In Armenia

Language
You can easily presume that no one speaks English outside of the capital. Armenian, which has its own alphabet, is the language that is spoken there.
With Russian, you can get along fairly well. Typically, there are English and Armenian road signs.
Try to pick up a few phrases like "hello" (barev) and "thank you" (mersi).   The majority of lodging and tour operators only speak enough English to get the job done.
Even if they cannot speak a word of English, Armenians are exceedingly friendly and will make every effort to assist you.

Food
The food in Armenia is unique, diverse, and delectable; some dishes, like shashlick and dolma, are well recognized outside of Armenia.
Many of the recipes are meat-based, and everything—including vegetables—is grilled or barbecued. The delectable BBQ aroma will soon become pervasive almost everywhere you go.
You will consume a lot of lavash, a thin flatbread that is complementing to practically every dish and is baked in a traditional "tonir" oven.
There are too many foods to list and judge whether or not they are good.
Asking questions about their cuisine or other aspects of Armenian culture generally results in an enthusiastic Armenian and some delectable fare. Armenians enjoy tourists who are interested in their culture.

Safety
Armenia is a completely safe place to travel. We never once felt threatened anywhere. As you would elsewhere, exercise common sense and take general safety precautions against petty crime, etc.

Drinks 
Almost all local beers are average, with the exception of Dargett, a brand-new craft brewery in Yerevan. The place is crowded with young residents on the weekends and they create extremely amazing craft beer.
However, wine and cognac are the true specialties when it comes to libations. The Yerevan Brandy Company is enthusiastically promoted as a significant city attraction with tasting tours and a museum since Armenian cognac is well-known around the world (Ararat Museum).
Grape cultivation dates back to ancient times, making Armenia one of the oldest wine-producing nations in the world. Make sure to sample a few from this well-known wine region, which also produces some of the highest quality wines available.