The Four Flavours of Lake Sevan. When to go?

February 16, 2015 - Travel to Armenia

Go Now! Experience the seasonal variety of Lake Sevan and spice up your travel in Armenia.

Tip: Lake Sevan is quite long. Taking a taxi is the best option in case you will decide to see the furthest sides as well.

The princess of mountains- Lake Sevan, is at about fifty minutes drive to the north from Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. Lying at 1905 meters above sea level, Sevan is the largest lake in the Caucasus Region and one of the highest freshwater big lakes in the world.

Lake Sevan

/ Because of the low water temperature biological processes are slow and the lake hosts very little aquatic vegetation. However, there are twenty-nine Sevan Lake fish species, among which is the famous trout. Twenty-eight rivers fall into Lake Sevan and only one river – Hrazdan flows out of it. /

In spring, one can experience the charm of Lake Sevan’s blue-green waters and enjoy the second to none blossom of the surrounding landscape.

Lake Sevan

If you love extreme sports, wait for summer to windsurf on or paraglide over the lake.

Paragliding over Sevan Armenia

/ Keep in mind, that Lake Sevan has high mountain location and the weather is often windy. /

Alternatively, you can enjoy the rosy-fingered dawn, cycle a bit around the lake for fresh mountain air, take a jump into the cool water or go fishing, and by the end of the day, have enlightening conversations with the captain of Cilicia vessel at Port Ayas: the harbor of “Cilicia” sailing ship at Sevan Lake.

/ In middle ages the name “Ayas” belonged to the main port of Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. Twenty meters in length and fifty tonnes of weight: “Cilicia” is a wooden replica of a 13th-century merchant sailing ship of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. The ship was rebuilt using the techniques found in medieval manuscripts and miniatures. It took eleven years of ship making, after which Cilicia became famous for seven seas navigation, visits to twenty-five countries and sixty-two harbors…from Pontos to the shores of the Netherlands. /

We suggest spending a weekend away from chaotic life of Yerevan to experience the autumn Sevan. You can stay at one of the many hotels on the lake shore, enjoy the wine-dark view of the lake covered with warm blankets and taste the famous trout barbecue.


Believe it or not Lake Sevan is absolutely beautiful, especially in January. Come early morning to enjoy the white winter views of blue Sevan and to experience history by visiting Sevanavank Monastery, Hayrivank Monastery and Noratus Cemetery.


/Note: Noratus is the largest khachkar (cross-stone) cemetery in the world./

Variety is the spice of life. Can’t wait to know what was the best flavour of Lake Sevan you have discovered? Leave a comment for us…

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