You can get to Jermuk from Yerevan by highway – the road
is kind of museum with monumental masterpieces of medieval architecture, fortresses
and castles, the biblical Ararat view, and immense panorama of endless mountain
chains and deep gorges.
The plateau where the town is
located is surrounded with mountains 2500-3000 m high, covered with fresh
Alpine vegetation and forests. The Arpa river, most full-flowing river of the republic,
flows through the town. The deep gorge of Arpa divides into two parts both
the town and the mountains of Vayots Dzor.
Predominance of sunny days, healing
waters, mild climate, ultraviolet rays, rankness, moderate
humidity and other conditions contribute Jermuk to be considered first-class health resort zone and recreational
area. The air in Jermuk is absolutely pure, free of dust and full of flowers fragrance.
The town climate is typically mountainous, summer is not very hot, and winter
is long and snowy.
Average air condition:
in spring: +0.4⁰ C
in summer: +15.3⁰ C
autumn: +4.9⁰ C
winter: -9⁰ C
The number of sunny days per
The amount of precipitation per year:
Jermuk as both a resort zone and as a
living area is as ancient as Vayots Dzor highland itself. Despite 13th century historian Stepanos
Orbelian in his medieval manuscript has only mentioned Jermuk once in the list
of tax-paying villages, nevertheless it is evidence that Jermuk was at the time
more ancient and bigger, than the other villages of the region.
Up till now ruins of an ancient
fortress, an unhewn stones, peculiar
to ancient buildings and architectural monuments of this area, remain on the
Jermuk territory. The fortress of Jermuk was built during the rule of the Artaxiad
Dynasty in 189 B.C., but the settlement was established much earlier.