There are many amazing places and experiences to discover; for instance, did you know that Georgia is the birthplace of winemaking? Wine plays a big part in the Georgian culture and is where you can taste some of the finest wines in the world.
Georgia is one of the most ecologically diverse nations in the world with 12 different climate zones which include Black Sea coasts, alpine zones, deserts and ski resorts. Despite being small, the country has tons of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including an ancient city and a huge cathedral complex.
If this isn’t enough to convince you, Feet Do Travel share more reasons why you should travel to Georgia.
Tbilisi is a vibrant capital city with a unique charm. In fact, the city is one of the main reasons behind the tourism boom of the country in recent years. Set in the enchanting Vere River, Tbilisi is an enthralling mix of modern architectural gems and centuries-old monasteries. The city is so unique and is not like any other capital city you’ve ever seen before.
Tbilisi is a sprawling city with tree-lined streets and lots of beautiful churches. Exploring the city you will encounter many wonderful surprises, from adorable cafes, gorgeous fortresses, to amazing historic sites and intriguing statues. While exploring Tbilisi is easily the highlight of your Georgia trip, venturing outside the capital city is highly recommended. Joining one of these day tours from Tbilisi is perfect for solo travellers, friends or families.
If you consider yourself a foodie, you have another reason to travel to Georgia. Georgia is a haven for food lovers, the quality of foods is excellent, and the flavors are deliciously unique.
One of the most popular Georgian foods you will encounter is the khachapuri, a Georgian cheese pie. The pie is stuffed with Sulguni cheese, a brined Georgian cheese with a sour and moderately salty flavor. Another dish you should try in Georgia is the Georgian walnut salad. This delectable salad is made with cucumbers, tomatoes, and some onions, and garnished with walnut paste. Labio is another Georgian cuisine that’s a staple in every Georgian meal. It’s made of stewed beans and is usually served in a clay pot with a slice of flatbread.
Not many people know that Georgia is actually the birthplace of winemaking. Georgians have been producing wine since 6000 BC. The country is blessed with a good climate with lots of mountains and fertile soil, which is the perfect environment for growing grapes.
If you want to travel to Georgia for the wine, the best place to visit is the Kakheti wine region as well as the towns of Sighnaghi and Telavi. The best way to visit these places is to book one of these wine tours in Georgia. A wine tour will take you to explore the vineyards where the best Georgian wines are sourced from, with an opportunity to sample the tastiest wines in the region. You’ll also learn about the history of winemaking in Georgia and visit a museum dedicated to wines.
If you want to venture off the beaten path, head to the Imereti region and visit Baia’s Vineyard. The vineyard is just outside of Kutaisi, a city in the west of Georgia, around four to five hours' drive away from Tbilisi.
Georgia is home to some of the most picturesque mountain villages in the world. The country is located in the mountainous South Caucasus region of Eurasia, with fertile valleys, coastal jungles, and beautiful mountain peaks.
If you want to get the most of your Georgia trip, make time to visit the small towns and villages hidden in the remote mountainous regions of the country. For instance, Stepantsminda is a small town in the northeastern region of Georgia and is surrounded by gorgeous peaks. It’s home to Mount Kazbegi, one of the major mountains in the Caucasus, and a popular spot for mountain climbers.
If you’re adventurous, head to Shatili, a historic highland village that shares a border with Chechnya, Russia. Located at an altitude of 1,400 meters, this village is home to only 3,000 inhabitants and is arguably one of the most remote regions of Georgia. It has some of the country’s most beautiful cultural monuments and castle towers.
The village of Dartlo is another mountainous village that’s definitely worth visiting. Nestled in the picturesque mountainous region of Tusheti the view here is totally mind-blowing, with the Alazani River on the background, it’s like something out of a fairytale!
Throughout history, Georgia has produced some of the most spectacular architectures showcasing the traditional Georgian culture. The country is home to tons of amazing historical sites and most of these sights are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery are UNESCO Sites that you should not miss. Located close to the city of Kutaisi, the cathedral was built in the 11th century, during the golden age of Georgia. This gorgeous monastery is surrounded by stonewalls, and inside the building, you’ll find a plethora of frescoes depicting some of the most significant persons in the history of Georgia.
The historical monuments of Mtskheta are UNESCO World Heritage Sites consists of three structures, the Samtavro Monastery, Jvari Monastery, and Svetitstkhoveli Cathedral. All three sites exhibit the country’s advanced knowledge in pottery, masonry, and metalwork dating back to ancient times. These sites are considered a perfect example of medieval religious architectures in the Caucasus Region.
The Upper Svaneti region is another popular UNESCO protected site in Georgia. Despite its remote location, this place is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country, and it’s easy to see why. The area is home to some of the most beautiful tower houses with some buildings depicting medieval-style architecture.
Chazhashi is the most popular of the villages in Svaneti and it’s home to more than 200 ancient houses and towers. Most towers consist of three to five floors with walls of varying thickness. Some of these towers have mural paintings dating back to the Renaissance era. Exploring the charming village of Chazhashi is, no doubt, one of the most unforgettable experiences you’ll ever have on your travel to Georgia.
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