Jermuk is located on the lap of timbered mountains, on not big plateau of 2080 meters above from sea level, which devided into 2 parts from the picturesque canyon of Arpa river.
The town is located in the south-eastern part of Republic of Armenia, in Vayots Dzor marz (historically in the places of Vayots Dzor province of Syunik state).
The remnants of swimming pool built on the middle Ages still remain to testify about that, which were rebuilt and restored in 1860 by royal bailiff Gevorg Khanagyan, and now it's called "Pristavi gyol" by people.
Despite the rich historical past, the foundation of today's new town was based only in 1940, when the first resort has been built.
In 1967 the city acquires the significance of republican meaning town, and in 1970 all-union sanatorium significance status.
In 1980s the city had about 10,000 inhabitants; with about 2000 beds sanitariums and pensions network with all infrastructure and services for active rest and treatment.
Due to objective reasons the active life of the resort was in large reflux in the beginning of 1990s, which has started to activate in the end of 1990s.
The city's population is now 7,500 people.
The Administrative Region area is over 5.5 thousand hectares.
The city is linked with Yerevan of two highways from which "Jermuk-Yeraskh-Yerevan" highway is shorter and is about 170 km.
The city is located in 24 km away from "Yerevan-Goris-Stepanakert" highway.
Even there are invented legends about the detection of miracle water.
In ancient times when the main way of earning was hunting, these virgin forests were full of various types of preys.
Hardly pulling its feet the deer reached the mineral sources of Jermuk, dumped into the water and what a magic! it got out from water fully healthy and recovered and immediately disappeared into the forest.
Arriving Jermuk and not seeing the big waterfall of "Jermuk" means not to be in "Jermuk".
Every day after midnight, the young princess has throw the end of a long rope to the canyon from her bedroom's window, with which shepherd's son has climbed to his beloved one.
Jermuk is not only the land of various legends but also it is a rich outdoor museum spreaded all over the city and suburb with a lot of historical and cultural monuments and sightseeings, with a lot of deep abysses and high rocks, with caves and hunting places for them who likes adventure tourism (the Arpa-Sevan tunnel, the Kechut reservoir, Gndevank, Vardan's Stone, Gladzor's medieval University, Noravank complex, etc.).
The existance of good climatic and natural conditions always were attracted the winter resort's lovers to the sanatorium town for winter rest, treatment and for sports.The City Sanatorium which has got the Grade of republican subordination from 1967 and the Union denomination from 1970 today is suggesting services to the tourists and the campers with over 2000 beds sanatoriums, hotels, pensions, policlinics, cocktail lounges, swimming pools, Sport fields, cinema, restaurants, bars and cafes.