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Europe > Caucasus > Armenia > Lake Sevan Region > Sevan
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Sevan is a city in Lake Sevan Region. Though it is near the lake, it is not a lakeside beach town. Accommodation options are much more plentiful by the shore. The city is, however, quite close to the most popular beach areas, and is a helpful place to go shopping, visit a doctor, and source of other products and services that towns can provide.

Get in

Vans (marshutni) depart from Yerevan to Sevan a few times a day. You can get relatively close to the town by taking transportation heading for Vardenis, Dilijan, Ijevan or Noyemberian and getting off part way, but getting to town might be a little complicated with the latter three. Taxis from Yerevan or anywhere else are another option, at 100 drams/km.

1 Sevan railway station (Սևան կայարան), Sayat-Nova street.

Get around

Walking around the city is easy by foot. Taxis are plentiful if necessary.

See

Sevanavank Monastery
Noratus Cemetery
  • 1 Sevanavank Monastery. The most visited destination of the lake is the peninsula known as kghzi, meaning island, which it once was before Stalin had much of the water drained from the lake. The monastery is a must, for the great views it affords of the vast lake, most of which visitors never see except from this spot. The monastery is on top of the peninsula hill, and is built of crude black stone on the exterior. The interior has a beautiful old altar used for services by the new seminary down the hill.
  • 2 Noratus Khachkar Cemetery. This is the largest khachkar cemetery in the world. South of the city, it's a nice drive along some of the eastern shores of the lake. The village of Noratus also has the tiny, quaint, Daputs Vank Church

Do

The area has swimming of course, but there is also wind surfing on the lake, and some sail, paddle and row boats. Hiking and camping opportunities are endless as well.

Buy

If you live in Yerevan, and are in this area, you can buy fresh fish, crawdads, marinated fish patties that you can take home to barbecue/fry immediately or freeze, and smoked fish.

Eat

Fish! And of course crayfish/crawdads. These are the main products of the region, and whether you eat the fish barbecued, fried or smoked, it will be delicious. The crawdads with a beer are excellent as well. The Harsnaqar hotel complex near town has some unbelievably good crawdad kebabs, which aren't cheap, but might be worth splurging on.

There are some fast food place in town, and cafes, but most of the good places to eat are on the shores of the lake, a bit north.

Drink

There are no special places to drink here aside from a few cafes, but wherever food is served, alcohol is available. Most places have a limited selection of vodkas, cognac, wine and beer.

Sleep

Although there are some hotel options in the city, your best bet is to find accommodations at one of the lakeside hotels, camp, or stay in Yerevan.

Connect

Go next

  • Dilijan — popular forest resort known as the "Little Switzerland" of Armenia.
  • Shorzha — village on the eastern shores of Lake Sevan with some very nice views and relaxed, quiet atmosphere.
  • Vardenis — tucked away city in the southeast corner of the lake. There are a few small monasteries and chapels, mountains and valleys that only those making it this far will have a chance to see.
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