This article is all about a place with great food, wine, nature, and people. The place on Earth where all these criteria are met?
Why Georgia (the country), of course!
If you are planning on traveling to Georgia, you are in luck! Prepare for beautiful views, warm greetings, and a loooooot of wining and dining.
Here’s our list of the top things to do in Georgia:
1. Explore the Old Town in Tbilisi
Forget about everything you knew about the old town experience in other countries! The best way to immerse yourself in the intricate and unique culture of Georgia (and get a better understanding of this alluring country) is to simply take a stroll through the tangled mess that is the Tbilisi Old Town.
It might certainly be the most chaotic, shabby, and dismantled old town you’ve ever been to, but it is also exceptionally beautiful. After you see a few charming vine-clad balconies and cozy courtyards, you will undoubtedly fall in love with Tbilisi!
Pro Tip: You also cannot miss taking in a view of the illumination coming from the center of Tbilisi, so save yourself some time and energy for an evening foray!
2. Visit Narikala Fortress by Cable Car
If you have just one day in Tbilisi, Narikala Fortress is a place where you should head to straight away for many reasons. First of all, this ancient fortress was built between the 4th and 8th centuries by Persians and Arabs, so it is a truly remarkable (and old) architectural monument. Secondly, Narikala Fortress is stretched out on a hill from which you can get the best panoramic view of the city.
To enjoy the experience and the scenery even more, take a cable car from Rike Park on the left side of the Mtkvari river straight to the fortress. And don’t stop exploring after you visit the fortress. Right next to it you can see the statue of Kartlis Deda (Mother Georgia), check out St. Nicholas Church, or go to the National Botanical Garden of Georgia, which is located on the other side of the hill.
3. Meander Through Mtskheta
Only 20 km away from Tbilisi is a place you definitely cannot miss while visiting Georgia, the ancient city of Mtskheta. For many centuries, it was the political and economic capital of the Kingdom of Iberia, which existed on the territory of modern eastern Georgia. Even after the capital was moved to Tbilisi in the 5th century CE, Mtskheta remained the place of kings’ coronations and burials.
Now it is a place that is venerated both by historians and believers, as Mtskheta was where Georgia was baptized in 337. Here you can find some of the most impressive Georgian Orthodox churches and monasteries, such as Svetitskhoveli Cathedral or Jvari Monastery.
4. Explore Batumi
It is impossible to imagine traveling to Georgia during the summer without spending at least a few days near the beaches in Batumi. This modern city has many extravagant, contemporary buildings (and, of course, some decrepit ones, that’s what Georgia is all about!), and it is located in the perfect spot where the Black Sea meets the Caucasus mountains.
Even though there are plenty of things to do when you find yourself in Batumi, you cannot leave without hitting the beach and strolling down Batumi Boulevard!
Pro Tip: As a capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Batumi is the best place to try the real Adjarian khachapuri.
5. Svaneti Region
If you want to explore the Caucasus mountains even more, which is another thing you must see in Georgia, start your adventure in the rustic Svaneti region. This picturesque place will greet you with the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and warm Georgian hospitality.
The whole Upper Svaneti has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an exceptional example of mountain scenery with medieval-type villages and tower-houses.” Above is Ushguli, a small village which is a perfect embodiment of the UNESCO description.
6. Martvili Canyon
Not far away from the Georgian city Kutaisi is hidden a natural wonder that will take your breath away, Martvili Canyon. There are two ways to explore this oasis full of lush greenery, either on foot or by boat. Regardless of your choice, the time you spend here will be unforgettable, and pictures for your friends will turn out simply stunning (and jealousy-inducing)!
7. Drink as Much Wine as You Can in Kakheti
No matter where you are in Georgia, you should drink wine, as they were probably the nation which invented wine in the first place! And since then the tradition of winemaking never stopped in Georgia, it’s a great way to express your deep gratitude and satisfaction for it!
Kakheti is the biggest wine region in the overall wine country, so that’s where you should be heading first if you want to learn more about the nuances of Georgian winemaking. And if you get tired of the constant cellar and wine tasting tours, you can always explore many of the historical sights that Kakheti has to offer for a tourist, particularly Telavi, the main city in the province.
8. Kazbegi National Park
Another amazing place to get up close and personal with the real Caucasus Mountains is Kazbegi National Park. It is quite easy to reach from Tbilisi, and it might be the best way to spend a hot summer weekend!
Of course, Georgia is all about mountains, so prepare for some serious hiking. However, there are so many more things that await visitors in Kazbegi National Park! Among them are lakes, waterfalls, mineral springs, small charming villages, and, of course, historical sites. Being here you should also add to your agenda a visit to Gergeti Trinity Church, a small 14th-century church placed right under the grand mountain of Kazbek.
Well, that’s all for our list of things to do in Georgia, and we hope your trip to this small, mountainous country will be filled with fun and adventure! Got any questions, feedback, or other Georgia things to do which we should add to our travel list? Let us know in the comments below, and thank you for reading!