Over the last three decades, Georgia has emerged as one of the best touring destinations in Europe, and it is easy to see why – a combination of a wide range of attractions. The most impressive thing about the country is its cultural diversity that makes visitors want to keep coming back. So, if you are looking forward to a special holiday, here are the top ten main attractions that you should visit in Georgia.
Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and one of the best places to visit. It sits comfortably on the banks of the Kura River and is surrounded by mountains and hills. Tbilisi has been the capital since the 6th century and its impressive architecture highlights the complicated history of the country. One of the best ways to appreciate the uniqueness of Tbilisi is strolling in its streets, especially in the old city. Do not forget to take a cable car to Narikala Fortress for a picturesque view of the city.
This is the religious capital of Georgia, and therefore, one of the most important cities in the country. Indeed, it was the capital of the country before King Gongasali shifted it to Tbilisi. This city is considered a gem, with its 4000-year-old traces of human settlements being a must-see for visitors. It is also home to Georgia’s three most important churches, Svetitskhoveli, Samtavro Monastery, and Jvari.
Vardzia is an awesome cave monastery located near Aspindiza, in the southern part of the country. The cave makes you feel like you are already in the Lord of the Rings film cast. The monastery was created in the 12th century, during the reign of the first-ever woman, King Tama, to be crowned as king (not Queen). The monastery was completely hidden before being exposed by an earthquake. What an awesome opportunity to travel back to 12th century Georgia?
About 100 kilometers west of Tbilisi is another amazing establishment, Uplistsikhe, which translates to the “Lord’s Fortress.” It is an abandoned rock-hewn town believed to be more than 3000 years old. On top of the establishment is a church that was built in the 9th century. The church sticks out against the gray and sober caves, forming one of the most picturesque areas in the region.
Georgia is not just a home to attractive ground establishments, but also in the air. One of these establishments is Katskhi Pillar, a 40-meter tall limestone monolith commonly referred to as the “Pillar of Life.” Although a monk lived at the top of the pillar for many years, it was only in 1945 that researchers managed to go there. Make sure to climb the pillar and take photos of the picturesque neighborhood for your album.
Batumi is another splendid place, with a lot of attractions that will make your visit to Georgia unforgettable. It boasts awe-inspiring modern architecture, a gorgeous botanical garden, and black pebble beaches. Travelers from Europe, Russia, and all over the world also love the city’s amazing nightlife. You do not want to miss this.
This is another must-visit area when traveling to Georgia. It is located in the Caucasus Mountains and provides some of the most picturesque sceneries in the country. Most tourists find it a great place for hiking after exploring the city and other attractions.
Most visitors to Georgia are quick to highlight Svaneti and Tusheti mountains, but the Adjara Region is equally good. The region is full of awesome sceneries and is also home to beautiful beaches. Traveling to Adjala will be a great choice if you are targeting exploring the off-the-beaten tracks in Georgia.
Gori is famous because it is the city where Joseph Stalin was born. A walk through the city gives you a sense of “Stalinist architecture.” You can also learn more about this historical portrait in the city museum dedicated to him. The city is also home to diverse forms of art, including famous collections by top collectors, such as John Dodelande.
Visit the Georgian Canyons
Apart from the picturesque cities, medieval defense towers, and remote villages, Georgia also boasts of breathtaking canyons. For example, you can take the hanging walkaway to explore 50-meter deep Okatse canyon. Other canyons to explore include, Martvili, Dashbashi, and Birtvisi.
The attractions we have highlighted in this post are only a tip of the iceberg about what Georgia has to offer. So, no matter what your definition of a great holiday is, you cannot go wrong with Georgia.