The town of Vayk is one of the larger settlements in Vayots Dzor Marz. The famous Parkevich Bridge, archeological sites dating back to the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, St. Trdat Church, and Martyros village with its unique cross-stones are located not far from the town of Vayk. There are many summer outdoor cafes on the road to the town, in nature’s lap, along the Arpa river.
Vayk is located in a broad canyon, on the bank of the Arpa River, at an elevation of 1,250 meters above sea level. The area of the town is elongated, stretched along the Yerevan-Goris highway. The town encompasses an area of 2.6 km2 with a population of about 6 thousand people.
To the right Vayk is surrounded by barren and naked, sharp pointed craggy rocks, to the left - by fir trees standing as though they were charmed by round-dance music, and by mountain slopes. The southern region is covered by lava currents which have been turned into cairns here and there. The climate is temperate. The average annual temperature is 10 C0, and the annual average precipitation is 480-500mm.
Vayk is a young town, though it is known to have been a settlement in ancient times. There is an interesting legend about the origin of Vayots-Dzor’s/Vayk’s name. According to the legend, the area was devastated by an earthquake, which took the lives of thousands of people. The name Vayots-Dzor literally means "Valley of Woes".
The small settlement of Vayk turned into an urban-type community only in the mid-twentieth century, and received town status in 1990. Currently the town’s economy is based on the production of mineral water and soft drinks, of building materials, and on manufacturing of carpets. The "Jermuk" mineral water production and bottling factory is also in Vayk. The population is engaged in agriculture - crop cultivation, fruit growing, vegetable-growing, cattle breeding.
The town, lying in the midst of green groves with plenty of fruit orchards and gardens, is a feast to the eye. The public garden, covering an area of 50 hectares along the Arpa river, as well as numerous groves, provide places of rest and relaxation for local residents and for visitors.
Hotels, cafes, catering facilities and domestic services will make for an enjoyable holiday in the town of Vayk and its surroundings.