This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Goris. To help you make friends with Goris before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
In a river valley, surrounded by mountains, is the quaint city of Goris – where tourists can explore an impressive regional style of stone architecture and venture up and down Armenia’s first grid community layout. With spectacular landscapes punctuated by stunning rock formations, the area around Goris is truly a photographer’s paradise – but is also perfect for visitors looking to get outside and enjoy a hike through the mountains.
From a hostel or hotel in the city’s centre, tourists can see some of the local sites. Goris features a beautiful church, a vibrant market, the Axel Bakunts Museum, and a few other small attractions. Heading out a bit further will give visitors the chance to see some other interesting landmarks in the area around Goris.
Tucked in a gorge packed with caves is the Old Khndzoresk Cave Village, where people lived until just a few decades ago. More spectacular history can be found at the Tatev Monastery, located on an 850 meter cliff that stretches above a natural land bridge, a cavern, and an underground spring. The journey there from your hostel or hotel in Goris will take you past Devils Bridge, a stunning bit of scenery that features a mineral pool surrounded by colorful rocks.
There are several options for accommodations here, from hostels and hotels to small bed and breakfasts. Many of these are family-owned, and will give visitors a unique chance to get to know some of the locals who call Goris home.
From Yerevan, tourists can reach Goris by minibus or taxi, but car rentals are also available – and can be hired with or without a driver or guide. There are some public transportation options available to get travelers to some of the attractions around Goris, but a private car rental would be the best option for people who plan to spend more time exploring the area.
Written by local enthusiast for Goris hostelsJakob Lombardi