The Financial Times have picked the hottest destinations to visit this year. According to the publication’s website, the number of tickets booked in Armenia has increased by 100% compared to last year.
The main draw for visitors is the country’s extraordinary collection of medieval monasteries and churches, many of them set among dramatic mountains.
Geghard monastery, for example, was cut into the rock of the Upper Azat valley and was completed in the 13th century. It is now a Unesco world heritage site, as are the monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin.
Mount Ararat, viewed from the Armenian capital Yerevan and the wine-lands are also fascinating.
“Yerevan is one of the region’s most exuberant and endearing cities,” says Justin Wateridge of Steppes Travel. “Both country and capital are an unexpected delight that you need to discover before the secret gets out.”