Straddling Europe and Asia, Armenia has an ancient and complex history showcased by its stunning ruins and monuments. Medieval monasteries are dotted all over the country, surrounded by breathtaking mountains and fast-flowing rivers. The country’s rugged landscape makes it perfect for sports like rocking climbing, skiing and hiking. Head to the coast and you can try your hand at windsurfing and soak up some rays on the beaches of the Lake Sevan region. To explore the best offerings of museums and other cultural spots, venture into the capital city of Yerevan. Timeworn teahouses brush up against trendy shops and wine bars in this age-old town, and its Republic Square plays host to the famous singing fountains, as well as the National Art Gallery and History Museum of Armenia. Outside of Yerevan, you can explore some of the religious buildings constructed almost 2,000 years ago, including the Etchmiadzin Monastery, a World Heritage Site. Armenia has a wide selection of friendly B&Bs which give a true sense of the local culture. A variety of hotels, hostels and cottages can be found around Yerevan, Lake Sevan and Tzaghkadzor – a popular winter retreat.