If you're keen to broaden your horizons beyond Byurakan, you'll quickly discover that the surrounding region has some attractions just waiting to be enjoyed. If you're keen to explore more of the area, head 12 miles (19 kilometers) where you'll find Ecmiadzin. Here you can visit the Echmiadzin Cathedral and Zvartnots Cathedral.
When it's time to spread your wings, visit the nearest regional city. Yerevan is 17 miles (27 kilometers) away and is home to visitor attractions including Matenadaran, National Gallery of Armenia and Erebuni Fortress. National Assembly of Armenia, Tsitsernakaberd and Hanrapetakan Stadium are also well-worth investigating while you are here.
Every place you visit offers a special history and Armenia has its own stories to tell. The fortresses here provide great insights into the past.
Why don't you relax and enjoy during gentle pastimes such as cycling or picnicking. Both activities are well-loved options for both visitors and locals alike.
For many people, enjoying a new place is as much about the culinary landscape as it is about visiting tourist attractions so be sure to check out the dishes here. Eggpalnt and also burghul (cracked wheat) are commonly used in cooking in this area. Follow the hungry locals and order ghapama (pumpkin stew) or khash (broth). End with alani (pitted, dried peaches), a local dessert. If you enjoy a nice cold beer, have a taste of Erebuni. It is a popular drink in Armenia. After your dinner, have a taste of a Artsakh (mulberry vodka), a favorite with the locals. If you fancy something refreshing, kvas (fermented bread drink) is a popular option.
When the time comes to say goodbye to Byurakan, head to the nearest major airport situated in Yerevan, 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the southeast.