Known for its spas and its mountains, Dilijan in Tavush Province is found in the verdant Dilijan National Park, famed throughout the region for its wealth of mineral-rich waters and biodiversity. Referred to as “Little Switzerland” by the locals, Dilijan serves as an ideal base for travelers hoping to explore the varied hiking trails of the national park and indulge in the 34,000 hectares of forest inhabited by centuries-old trees and unique flora and fauna, such as the lynx and chamois. Formerly known as Hovk, the natural beauty made Dilijan a haven in the summer for the  Arsacid kings and their hunting parties in the 13th century. Of the must-see cultural monuments Dilijan National Park, the Haghartsin Monastery believed to have been built as far back as the 10th century, is one of the most famous, along with the 12th century Goshavank, adorned with ornate khachkar, also known as an Armenian cross-stone.


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Haghartsin Monastery

This 13th century monastery stands above a river and nestled high in the woody mountains nearby Dilijan, making for a breathtaking sight. The complex comprises of three churches, stunning khachkars (carved stone crosses), a sundial, and a refectory with a stunning arched ceiling. Just over a mile away are the ruins of the medieval village of Haghartsin.

Goshavank Monastery

This monastery was once the most important spiritual and cultural center of Armenia. Despite countless earthquakes and enemy attacks throughout the ages, most of the main buildings of the complex have survived and remained in relatively good condition, making it one of the best examples of traditional Armenian architecture.

Dilijan National Park

Not far from town, locals come here for recreation and to take gentle hikes and mountain biking through nature. It is also home to a variety of animals including bear, deer, foxes, wolves, and boards.


In the very center of town is an amphitheatre built in the ancient Greek style, though it is one of the newest structures in town. Locals come here at sunset to admire the views and lighting cast on the marble.

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Best Western Plus Paradise Hotel

Best Western Plus Paradise Hotel

Dilijan, Armenia

The familiar Best Western brand brings its signature service and international standards to picturesque Dilijan. Built in 2011, the hotel offers 72 total spacious guest rooms, suites, and apartments. All rooms are dressed in modern furnishings and come with private balconies that face the scenic Dilijan National Park. Onsite facilities and amenities include a restaurant, 24-hour cocktail lounge, indoor and outdoor heated pools, wellness center with steam room, spa, and massage services, gym, and concierge service.


Dilijan, Armenia

DiliJazz is one of the newest high-end hotels in Dilijan, offering modern rooms and facilities and warm hospitality. There are 30 total rooms in seven categories ranging from standard and deluxe to duplex and family for additional space. All rooms are simply dressed in elegant dark wood floors and furnishings, and come with private balconies. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, and serves a full breakfast buffet with special Armenian dishes as well as continental offerings, while dinner time is a cozy affair with live Jazz. Other hotel services available include 24-hour front desk, room service, and laundry service.
Tufenkian Old Dilijan Complex

Tufenkian Old Dilijan Complex

Dilijan, Armenia

Located in the historic district, the Tufenkian Old Dilijan Complex is a restored 19th-century cosy guesthouse that exudes an atmospheric small-town charm that immerses guests in Dilijan of an earlier time. The heritage building’s facade features exposed stone and wood while the interiors are fitted with handmade wooden furniture, antique wardrobes, hand-woven carpets and textiles. Suites each come with a large private balcony, intricately carved and typical of 19th century Dilijan, showcasing the region’s reputation for fine woodworking. Within the complex is Haykanoush Restaurant which can serve up to 85 guests on two floors. Within the intimate space with high vaulted ceilings and handmade chandeliers, guests can enjoy traditional dishes that showcase Armenia’s traditional cheeses, signature fruits, and freshly made breads and pastries.

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