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Sevan

Armenia

The stunning setting of Sevan, surrounded by mountains and the largest body of water in all of Armenia, makes it one of the most beautiful and postcard-worthy destinations in the Caucasus region. The sandy beaches along Lake Sevan are a hotspot for Armenian travellers in the summer months, but it remains largely untouched by international tourists (so now's definitely the time to explore it!) Lake Sevan covers a whole 5% of the country's surface, so it really is an important part of the Armenia's culture.

Visitors can swim in the Lake Sevan's incredibly blue waters, jet-ski around the lake, go wind-surfing or enjoy a boat ride. Sevan is easily accessible from capital city Yerevan, which is yet another part of its appeal. Plus, resorts, guesthouses and beachside cabins make it easy to spend a night in this beautiful area.

The lake may be Sevan's main attraction, but there are plenty of other places to visit, too. The remarkably well-preserved Sevanavank Monastery, which dates back to the 9th century, offers glorious views of the lake from its vantage point on a hill. And the medieval Noratus cemetery (also spelled Noraduz) is a spooky, once-in-a-lifetime experience you won't want to miss.

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