Hey folks 🙂 I want to continue our tour in Armenia and today want to take you with me to a nice town in Armenian mountains, to Jermuk. This is a resort town well known for its fresh air, sanatoriums, spring waters and nature. But let’s see these all step by step.
Let me tell you a bit about the town itself. Jermuk is situated in Vayots Dzor, hidden in the mountains, ~175km far from Yerevan. Its name means “hot spring” in Armenian, which is related to natural geysers and mineral waters available in the town. It is also divided into two parts by the gorge of Arpa river and if you look down from the bridge, you will have this gorgeous view.
One of the most famous and magnificent attractions of Jermuk is the waterfall, hidden in this gorge. The 70m height waterfall has a name “Mermaid’s hair”. There is a legend related to this place and its name. According to it, there was a house of an Armenian nobleman on top of the cliffs. He had a very beautiful daughter whom men from all over the world asked to marry. But she refused everyone because she was fallen in love with the handsome son of the shepherd. Every day after midnight, the she threw a long rope into the gorge so that the son of the shepherd could reach her house and they could meet. One day the nobleman found the rope and cursed his daughter, saying – “If you meet him again, I want you to become a mermaid and never be able to get out of water.” On the next day the girl threw her long hair instead of the rope and right at that moment the curse became a reality. The girl turned into a mermaid and her hair into a waterfall. This is why people call this waterfall as “The mermaid’s hair”.
The gorge is truly amazing. Once you see the waterfall, feel the water drops on your face, you can start a small hiking around. There are few hidden trails on which you can step by. You can continue your way ahead and see what else the gorge has to show. There are several small and big caves all around. Some of them are also visible from the bridge, but some can be seen only when you pass them here. Are you brave enough to go inside and see what is in there? 🙂
The town is famous for its magical mineral waters, about which the first historical data found dates back to 189 BC. Since that times people knew about the power of the mineral water and used it to treat various types of diseases. And here we go, another legend telling about this super-powerful water:
Once a hunter struck a young deer by an arrow. The wounded deer ran away. The deer could hardly move but once he reached the mineral springs of Jermuk, he threw himself into the water. After a moment, the deer came out of the water completely healthy and healed. The hunter was surprised by this miracle of ordinary water and told about this everyone. Since then the story about glorious water “Jermuk” has spread all over the world, and the deer has become a symbol of Jermuk. There is even a monument of Deer standing in Jermuk’s forests. Pity I don’t have a picture of it.
Except all the sanatoriums and their super effective procedures, you can taste those miraculous mineral waters in Jermuk Gallery of Waters. This place you should not miss. Here you will see several pipes in walls of colonnaded structure, from which the water flows into stone urns. Water coming from each pipe has different temperature, which is shown next to the pipe (range from 30°C to 53°C). It is believed that each temperature water have different properties including treating stomach and liver problems, heart disease and cancer. Take in mind, it is totally free to drink mineral water from here. You can also take a bottle with you to fill in with this magical water.
Right in front of the Water Gallery there is a small Lake of Jermuk. It is a nice place to walk around, buy some organic honey, species and homemade sweets from locals, take a boat ride or walk around the lake and discover all the hidden stone carved monuments in the park behind the lake.
Despite of enjoying all the relaxing procedures and sightseeing of the resort town, you can also plan some sporty activities. The 1000m Ropeway that is located right at the beginning of the town, will take you up to the mountains. It was built to help ski-lovers to reach the mountain top and ski down by one of the two ski routs. You can park your car in the parking next to the ticket office, take your equipment and start your extremely fun day. But if you don’t have your own equipment, that’s not an issue. There is also a ski and snowboard renting “shop” nearby.
Okay, so what about summertime? Imagine you are on top of the mountain, at an altitude of 2480 m. Nothing closes the view. On one side you have the view to the town, on another – view to endless mountain ranges. Isn’t this beautiful? There is even a small café on the summit, where you can refresh yourselves with a cup of tea or coffee, or maybe you prefer beer? But if you are also hungry, you can have a tasty trout prepared just for you.
As you see, there are a lot of things you can see and do in this lovely resort town. And all that I listed above is yet far from the all. Jermuk is beautiful at any time of the year. Visit Armenia, take a tour to Jermuk, attend some of the festivals that happen during the year, enjoy fresh air, chill summer days. But what is more important, see the beauty of the nature, take the gift that it keeps for us as its magical mineral waters and stay healthy.
See you soon somewhere else 😉