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Southern Armenia. Surrounded by steep mountains, built along the river, Kapan is full of pink Soviet apartment blocks, some of them creeping up the mountainside in steps. The scenery in this part of Armenia is very nice, and quite different than other parts, though few visitors ever make it down this far.
Minibus/van (marshutni) from Yerevan or Goris if you come from the north. Similar minibuses are serving Meghri and further across international border to Iran from the south. Hiring a car, or taxi, or renting one is a good option too. A fascinating journey from Yerevan will take around 4 to 5 hours (with stop-over) and will cost approximately 80 USD by taxi or car.
Except for a small area in the city center, you must have a car to get very far, or a lot of time to bike or walk.
There isn't a great deal to see in the town itself. The shuka and nearby supermarkets are the best places to load up on supplies before travel in the area. In town is the statue of Davit Bek, a local hero, and there is the small fortress of Halidzor on top of a hill on the western edge of town.
There is a small amusement park in the center of town, with cheap rides, and lots of locals out enjoying themselves. Being slightly off the main tourist destinations, Kapan is a tranquil and quiet city.
Walk one of the ecohiking trails that connect Tatev to Kapan. These have recently been marked and mapped by ARK Armenia.
There are a few places to eat in town, including the Darist Hotel.
Same options as getting in, although you can catch a local bus heading towards nearby villages such as Shikahogh, Srashen, Tsav or Shishkert.