Surrounded by forested mountains and with the Aghstev River running through its centre, Ijevan is the attractive capital of Tavush marz. Ijevan means ‘caravanserai’ or ‘inn’ and the town has been on a major east–west trade route for millennia. The local climate is warmer than in Dilijan, and the town is the centre of a wine-growing district producing some acceptable white table wines. The town has some handsome early-20th-century buildings, a bustling open-air shuka and a wine factory.
Buses and marshrutky stop on the main highway. From the bus stand, walk over the bridge to reach the central square with its musical fountain. The shuka is in the streets north of the fountain, around a small church. There are plenty of banks with ATMs on Meliqbekyan St east of the central square.