The Best Things to Do in Jermuk, Armenia

Jermuk resort
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Jermuk is a spa resort town in Armenia characterized by a mild climate and clean air, where you can find picturesque spots, mountains, healing mineral waters, sanatoriums, and more. Whether you are an adventure seeker or simply want to explore another town in Armenia, Jermuk is a great stop for every type of person.

1. Tour Gndevank Monastery

Monastery

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Gndevank Monastery is an ideal place to go for the enjoyment of being surrounded by the harmony of nature. The monastery is one of the most charming landmarks in the country, and is the best example of medieval Armenian architecture. Built in the 10th century, the area features tombs and khachkars from the 10th-16th centuries.

2. Admire Jermuk Waterfall

Natural Feature

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Even though Armenia might not be home to the most magnificent waterfalls in the entire world, it does nonetheless have its share of beautiful ones. Jermuk Waterfall is the second largest waterfall in the country, situated at 2,000 meters (6,562 ft) above sea level and the height of the falls is 70 meters (230 ft). There’s a legend about the waterfall that locals like to tell their foreign visitors about how the waterfall got to be known as the ‘Mermaid’s Hair’ waterfall. As the story goes, once upon a time there was a very beautiful princess that many princes wanted to marry, but she fell in love with a shepherd’s son. They met secretly all the time – she would throw a rope into the gorge so that he could climb up to her. When the king learned about his daughter’s love affair, he forbade her from seeing her beloved and, if she did, she would turn into a mermaid forever. As expected, the enamored ones couldn’t resist despite the threat. This time, instead of the rope, she threw her hair down for her lover, and the curse immediately came true, turning her hair into this gorgeous waterfall.

Ride the ropeway to appreciate the most stunning views of Jermuk

If you happen to visit Armenia in the winter months and want to head towards its ski resorts, then Jermuk is a good place to go. Its professional ski slopes are a favorite destination for many locals and foreigners who like to have a great time exploring lesser-known ski destinations. However, you can still enjoy the area even in the spring or summer months. There is a 1,000-meter-long (3,280 ft) ropeway that reaches 2,480 meters (8,136 ft) at its highest point. You can enjoy a hot or cold beverage at various cafés in the area with stunning views all around you.

3. Visit an unusual gallery

Natural Feature

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As the town is known for its healing waters, Jermuk’s “Water Gallery” consists of several pipes that come out from the walls, from which natural mineral water runs right into stone containers. Each pipe shows the water temperature, so you know what to expect before trying it. Each water is also different from the others, and they are believed to have various properties that cure different health issues.

Relax at some of the famous Jermuk sanatoriums

Jermuk has always been a home to several sanatoriums that treat different health problems by undertaking mineral water treatments. Complex treatment means an external and internal use of those thermal waters, spending time in this mild climate, eating healthy food, undertaking physiotherapeutic procedures, and doing therapeutic exercises. Even if you don’t have any health issues, it’s still is a nice spot to relax and unwind for a day or two. Check out Jermuk Armenia, Olympia, Jermuk Ashxark, and Jermuk Number One, and decide which one best suits your needs and preferences.

4. Admire the works of local artists

Art Gallery

Art lovers will enjoy wandering through the Jermuk Art Gallery to admire the paintings of local painters in its permanent exhibition hall, which showcases around a hundred paintings and sculptures from the period of 1920-1990.

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