Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia and one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. The city is located on the banks of the Hrazdan River, northeast of the Ararat Plain, with views of mountain on three sides. Yerevan is a major arts & culture center, and also features important museums, monuments, and imposing structures dating back to the Soviet era. Running in Yerevan can be a a challenge, as the city is densely populated and there can be a lack of decent sidewalks.
The best places to run in Yerevan are in a series of small, but lovely parks in and near the center. A great start is our ‘runseeing‘ tour of Old Yerevan, which features important squares, plazas, several parks, and the Cascade Stairs, where you can exhibit your inner Rocky. The large plaza/park around the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex is also a good place to run, though please use respect in the vicinity of the Memorial. We’ve also included runs in Victory Park, Komitas Park, the Botanical Garden and a loop around Vardavar Lake in the southern part of the city. For some hilly, scenic running in the area’s largest green/open space, head to Jrvezh Forest Park. which is 10 km east of town.
NOTES: the city is divided into 12 administrative districts. There’s a subway in the immediate city, plus buses. The climate is one of extremes: very hot summers, and cold winters, with some snow. And, runners should not wear shorts in Yerevan.