10 reasons to love Georgia

10 Reasons to love Georgia

The views of the Causicaus mountains must be the most beautiful I have ever seen. I knew this was going to be a holiday dreams are made of. From Batumi to Kustasi to Mestia to the pumping pulse of the capital of Tiblisi, I can say I loved every village, town and city that I saw. It may be a small country but the people have a heart twice the size, they are warm, friendly and kind people. Georgia is not only beautiful in summer with brooks and meadows but also in winter. With amazing ski resorts and villages set in post card perfect settings, the snow- laden trees and pristine alpine slopes are enough to make you want to return again and again. so Check out all 10 reasons to love Georgia.

So if you are looking for some adventure at a fraction of the price hop into a creaky minibus and crawl along the breath taking mountain roads, enjoying the journey as much as the destination.

* Visit the Sheraton Hotel in Batumi – even if it’s just for a walk around the lobby and adjoining casino, go up to the 20th floor, and take in one of the best views in all of Batumi while sipping on cocktails and watching the sunset over the black sea.

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* Take a photo, or lets say a “ selfie “ at the Alphabet Tower on Batumi Boulevard. This is the main sea side city , with its electric atmosphere from gambling to the modern architecture you can be forgiven for thinking you are in Vegas by the sea

* Grab a bite at the upside down restaurant , designed by a 24 year old and built like the White House , 200m from the Colosseum Hotel. The location is great, on the Boulevard and looking out onto the Black sea. Even if you only go to see the upside down toilets make sure you instagram the moment.

* Drink Georgian wine as often as possible, with over 500 varieties of grapes and the heritage of wine making that dates back over 8 thousand years you cant pass on one of the oldest Georgian traditions. Get addicted to the local sweet made from wine juice and take as many photos as your phones memory can hold. This country is truly beautiful.

* Eat the calorie induced Khachapuri, a cheesy bread of multiple varieties and khinkali, huge broth filled dumplings with meat, cheese and mushrooms.

Read : Georgia: Empire state of the south

* Take one of the new trains acquired by the Georgian Railway from Batumi to Tiblisi. First class has unlimited wifi, power points and very comfy chairs. If you love train travel then this route is a must as it winds through the country side.

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* The adventure seeker cant leave Georgia without going to Ushguli in Svaneti region. The highest inhabited European village, 45km from the town of Mestia, this is a slice of medieval heaven. A 9km hike in summer time takes you to a glacier for the energetic crowd. Watch towers dot the horizon and are the centre of many heart warming folk tales around the fire.

* The hop on hop off Bus in Tiblisi is good way to see the capital city. But not to be missed is the Holy Trinity Cathedral sitting up on a mountain over looking Peace Bridge, the third tallest Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in the world. Tiblisi is the heart of the country for the young crowd with parties that go on until the early hours.

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* Get your dancing shoes on, with no less than 16 different styles of Georgian folk dancing you can’t leave Georgia without having experienced at least one of these. Different dances originate in different parts of Georgia, the Partsa comes from Guria and is characterised by its fast pace, rhythm, festive mood and colourfulness. This dance mesmerises the audience with not only speed and gracefulness but also creates a desire to party. Costumes add to authenticity of the show.

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* Bagrati Cathedral stands proudly, high on the hills above Kutaisi. It is a magnificent 11th century Cathedral, with its floor being laid in 1003. With stunning views of the old city a slow amble up the steep cobbled streets takes you back in time as you wonder what it was like in when kings and Queens ruled these beautiful surroundings.

Getting there:

Both Turkish airlines and Qatar have flights to Tbilisi. The easiest is Turkish airlines. The Qatar flight goes via Baku in Azerbaijan ( but you don’t disembark it is just a quick stop ) Currently both flights are around R10 000 taxes included, this can be cheaper depending on dates.

South African passport holders receive a visa on arrival in Georgia, free of charge. The tourist visa is valid for 365 days.

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Marion Smith

A mom of 4 boys I always dreamed of traveling the world. I started my own business, so that I would have the flexibility. I pack my bags often at the last minute when an irresistible moment arises. I love the thrill and adventure

Comments

  1. I also want to go to Georgia ever since my friend expressed her interest to go there. When she finally made it I was so envious. And now you got this list and this just got me more excited to fulfill my Georgia dream.

  2. Its a beautiful country there is so much to see and so many photos to take

  3. I like Turkish airlines so it is nice to know that Turkish airlines can get me there! The Upside Down Restaurant sounds very interesting – hearing about young talented architects is always inspiring! It seems like such a grand place, I would love to grab a bite there sometime!

  4. Georgia is on the top of our list of countries to go in the next months!

  5. Georgia looks so interesting. I like to find destinations that are more off the beaten path and will be sure to investigate more about this interesting spot after reading your post.

  6. I am always looking for new places to visit to ski so it is worth knowing about that. I’d really like to visit but just need some more flight options

  7. Wow, there is so much to see and explore in Georgia. I like how concise you’re in sharing the reasons top visit this stunning place. I would like to amble around as well and do all the adventure that it has to offer. I actually haven’t been here yet and I’ll surely bear this in mind. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  8. Georgia seems like an amazing destination to visit. It’s on my bucket list!

  9. I have never thought about visiting Georgia, but this post has me wanting to go now! That upside down restaurant sounds so fun and a great place to get some fun photos. I can’t believe someone so young as 24 designed it.

  10. I would love to visit Georgia! I didn’t know they had a tradition of winemaking. I did eat some Georgian food when I was in Russia, and I loved it! The cheesy bread was my fave. So I’d like to go to the actual country and try the food there.

  11. I know a few people who have taught English in Georgia and they really enjoyed their time there. Others I know who’ve traveled there loved it — I want to visit it someday as well! I want to see all the mountains and eat some cheesy bread <3

  12. I love travelling, and this article has just given me reasons to travel to Georgia. The bargati cathedral looks amazing with its architecture and I am sure I am going to visit and have some memorable adventures there.

  13. Never been to Georgia, but its food is very commonly found in Moscow, so I can heartily second the khachapuri recommendaation. My favourorite soup is kharcho though – spicy!

  14. Would love to visit Georgia. Looks like such an interesting country!

  15. I did not realize that Georgia had so much to offer. It’s definitely beautiful and I would love to go even for just one of these reasons!

  16. I was very surprised the first time I went at how much there is to see in this country. It really is a little hidden gem.

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