Lake Sevan is the largest freshwater lake in Armenia known as "the pearl, the emerald of Armenia". It is also one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world, situated at the altitude of 1900 m above sea level. Sevan is recognized as a national treasure of the country.
Sevan's beaches are adjacent to beautiful hotels. Numerous beaches are located along the entire lake shore. The area includes numerous campgrounds and picnic areas. The beaches have free parking space, children’s and sports playgrounds, toilets, medical aid stations, and rescue services. Famous activities include swimming, sunbathing, jet skiing, windsurfing, and sailing. Sevan is also known for its fish, especially trout. The Armenians call it ishkhan meaning "prince-fish".
Every single condition is created to enjoy your rest far away from noise and daily routine. But that’s not all!
This area is famous for historical sites of great interest and once Lake Sevan is fully enjoyed, you can get acquainted with the history and culture of this amazing place.
Sevanavank Monastery is one of the most famous cultural monuments in Armenia constructed in 874 AD. It is located on the Sevan peninsula, on the shores of Lake Sevan. There are benches in front of the churches, where tourists can sit and enjoy the amazing colors and extraordinary beauty of Sevan.
One of the most popular legends about Sevan is the following. During the battle between Armenians and Arabs, King Ashot Erkat’s soldiers were too few in comparison with the Arab army. Though many monks and fishermen joined their King, Arabs kept being more in number. The King asked a wise fishermen for advice. The fisherman, who knew the peculiarities of the weather well, advised the King to attack early in the morning when the sun just starts to rise. The King followed the advice. As the sun was behind the Armenian forces, it blinded the Arabs. Armenians managed to win the battle, after which the lake was full of Arab soldiers. Because of the dead bodies and their uniforms, the lake looked black. Hence, the name Sevan (Sev-black).
The pure and cool air, sandy beaches, gentle turquoise of the lake and majestic historical sites make this place a real wonder of nature.