Thanks to the mild climate and generous sun, this ancient city is charming all year round, but it is during summertime Yerevan comes to life. Honey apricots – Armenians’ favourite fruit – ripen and invade the market stalls.
The sacred Ararat mountain, where Noah’s Ark came to rest, is the symbol of Armenia but now located in Turkey.
Total strangers splash each other with water during the local festival called Varadar, a remnant of pagan times. Even old ladies douse unsuspecting pedestrians from their windows. The open verandas of cafés, wine bars and jazz clubs are open day and night, full of cheerful locals enjoying the sunshine. Join them after a quick scouting trip to Yerevan's surroundings, including the Geghard and Noravank monasteries. At the citadel of Khor Virap, you can visit the underground chamber where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years before emerging to convert Armenia to Christianity. Bring a flashlight.