Being located in Gegharkunik, the poorest region of RA, Sevan has a great potential to develop tourism in this region. However, the banks and coastal areas of Sevan were divided between private individuals in the 1990s and are still managed according to their will.
The government is trying to create a recreational zone in the territory of “Sevan National Park”, but that aspect has been occupied for a long time. On the shores of Sevan, recreation areas have been built: hotels, restaurants, entertainment centers, even beaches have been built. Since 2009, many of these structures have been subject to demolition due to rising lake levels.
The government has not yet clarified the question of whether to adapt the water level to the buildings surrounding the lake or to get rid of those buildings that prevent the stabilization of the lake level.
Lake Sevan is also constantly exposed to environmental risks. the deposits surrounding the lake pose a threat of water poisoning. first, Sotk, then Amulsar, which is located in the catchment area of Lake Sevan.
Tourism should be developed in such a way that it does not cause environmental problems, and the income from it can cover the damage, preserve resources and pass them on to future generations.
There are 27 landfills around Lake Sevan, which are mostly plastic waste dumps, and these plastic wastes are an unacceptable factor for the ecology of Lake Sevan. Apart from the ecological factor, bays also affect tourism.
Historical and cultural monuments in the territory of “Sevan National Park”.
In order to prove the tourist potential of Sevan, I present below a brief list of historical and cultural monuments located in the territory of “Sevan National Park”.
On the banks of the Sevan stands the sailing ship “Cilicia”, which repeated the route of the 13th century merchants 15 years ago. Tourists can take a ride on a sailing ship built as a replica of the 13th century Armenian trading ships.
The ancient tombs of Lchashen with cuneiform inscriptions of the Urartian king Argishti I.
The Urartian inscriptions were found on the ruins of the city of Satena. Archaeologists claim that this city has a history of more than five thousand years. During the excavations, cuneiform inscriptions written in Persian, Islamic and Babylonian languages were found.
The ruins of Berdkunq are located on the eastern shore of Lake Sevan. The fort was built in BC. In the 1st or 2nd millennia. During the underwater filming, the supposed secret exit leading from the fortress to the water was discovered.
You can go to Seva not only to have a peaceful and comfortable family vacation, but also to take a paragliding flight, go boating and get enough adrenaline from the extreme zip line.
In the northwestern part of the picturesque peninsula is Sevanavank, a little further away is Hayravank, which was built in the 8th century.
The village of Noratus is also located near Lake Sevan, an ancient settlement where many monuments have been preserved. Noratus is considered a forest of khachkars, as there are more than 900 sculptures belonging to different eras.