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    With the majestic snow-capped Caucasus Mountain range as a backdrop, Yerevan is one of the world's oldest continuously-inhabited cities, formerly known as the 'pink city' due to the colour of the stone used in its buildings.

    Most tourists tend to stick to the centre of the city, where they can expect to see some fantastic architecture, wide avenues and an atmosphere reminiscent of Vienna or Paris. The Republic Square Singing Fountains, which are illuminated and accompanied by music every night for two hours, are a must see. The rest of the city is easily traversed by a reliable metro system, which is beautifully decorated and worth using just to see the blend of Armenian motifs and ex-Soviet architecture.

    Yerevan is rich in culture and lovers of classical music will be entertained by concerts at the Cascades and Lover's Park. Cafe culture is predominant, with many sidewalk venues staying open late. Local pandoks (taverns) serve khorovats (barbecued meat) and oghee (fruit vodka) to patrons, who can enjoy traditional music while they dine. Visitors can enjoy a glass of locally-brewed Cognac and even tour the Ararat Cognac Factory.

    Travellers should also note that smoking is a national pastime and although smoking laws are gradually being implemented, many restaurants and public places can still be polluted with cigarette smoke, especially during the winter months when it is too cold to smoke outside. The best time to visit Yerevan, therefore, is during the summer months when the air is fresh and the days are warm.

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    Yerevan has a continental semi-arid climate that is influenced by its mountainous location. The city experiences hot dry summers and cold snowy winters. This large variation between seasons is due to Yerevan's location on a plain surrounded by mountains as well as its position in relation to the sea. Temperatures during the summer (June to September) are very hot in Yerevan, ranging between 72°F (22°C) and 93°F (34°C). In contrast, winters (December to February) in Yerevan are freezing cold, with average temperatures dropping to lows of 19°F (-7°C) and reaching highs of 42°F (6°C). Precipitation levels are low throughout the year, amounting to about 12.5 inches (318mm) per year.

    Armenia International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated seven miles (12km) from Yerevan.
    Time: GMT +4.
    Getting to the city: Taxis are the best form of getting to and from the airport. They can be found at the exit near the baggage claim area, 24 hours a day. Many local hotels provide shuttle transfers for pre-booked guests and rental cars are available.
    Car Rental: Sixt car rental has a branch at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Passengers can find taxis at the airport. The prices are fixed and differ depending on the route.
    Fascilities: Airport facilities include a business centre, post office, VIP lounge, shopping (including duty-free and souvenir shops), currency exchange, ATMs, restaurants, bars, and an information desk.
    Parking The parking lot is located opposite the terminal building and costs AMD 500 per hour. The daily rate is AMD 2,000.

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    Yerevan has an extensive public transport network, predominately served by numerous bus and trolley lines. There are also minibuses, known locally as marshrutka, which operate on various routes in the city. While they are a cheap mode of transport, vehicles are usually overcrowded. The Yerevan Metro has just a single line with 10 stations on it, but many people use the service each day. Yerevan also has a central train station that is connected to the metro system. From here, travellers can catch intercity trains to other destinations in Armenia or to neighbouring Georgia. Train services also connect Yerevan's city centre to suburbs such as Armavie, Gyumri, Yeraskh, Ararat, Hrazdan and Shorzha. Taxis are abundant in Yerevan and there are lots of different taxi companies operating in the city, so prices are competitive. It is easy to flag an empty taxi down on the street. Visitors are advised to ensure the driver has the meter turned on before the start of a taxi ride. Those with an international driving licence can hire a car in Yerevan.

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