The Telegraph: Casinos, craft beer and holy caves – is this Europe's most surprising country?
11 September, 2017
The Telegraph: Casinos, craft beer and holy caves – is this Europe's most surprising country?
The Telegraph, popular British daily  newspaper, publishes an article about Georgia. Author of the article Liz Dodd , is a travel journalist who lives in a tent and travels around the world.

This time Georgia has been spotlighted by famous British newspaper and its journalist.

Author of the article is impressed by traditional food and the country’s landscape, yet Georgia has far more to offer than only delicious food and wine to its guests.

To state her opinion, author unfolds
seven surprising reasons why one should travel to Georgia.

Here is what the article says:

Georgia’s splendid food, breathtaking nature and rich culture have long made it a sought-after destination for adventurous travellers. But the country - which this year opened up to British travellers with new direct flights from Gatwick to the capital Tbilisi (courtesy of Georgian Airways) - has far more to offer than khachapuri and red wine. Thriving amidst its Orthodox Christian cathedrals and farmsteads is a culture of gourmet coffee, clubbing and casinos. Where else could you dance the night away in a Soviet-era sewing factory, then recover on a tropical beach or in a cool mountain cave town? Here are seven surprising reasons you should go to Georgia.

1. You can visit Europe's most zany seaside town

Georgia’s Black Sea coast enjoys a bizarre, subtropical microclimate that feels more like Bali than Belarus. The best place to soak it all in is Batumi, an enticingly zany seaside town where casinos and skyscrapers - one with a Ferris Wheel stuck to the front - pop up in the middle of its lovingly renovated 19th-century boulevards. Just outside town the Botanical Gardens carpet the hillside with palm trees and plants from South America, Mexico and south-east Asia. In summer it can be suffocatingly humid and thunderstorms are frequent, so pack a raincoat alongside your swimwear.
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Batumi's Botanical Gardens

2. It's crazy for coffee

London’s hipster coffee bars have nothing on Georgian coffee shops. The country is crazy for coffee, which served in the traditional style is strong and bitter, like Turkish coffee; but locals are taking to new-wave coffee-making in droves. Coffeetopia, in a glistening Art Deco building in Batumi’s Neptun Square, is staffed by certified baristas who brew using everything from an aeropress to a Japanese syphon. Best of all when the temperature soars is the cold brew, which they make daily and takes 18 hours to prepare.
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Coffeetopia CREDIT: MIRANDA HENEGHAN

3. There's plenty to do after dark

Batumi and Tbilisi attract world-renowned DJs to their nightclubs. The Georgian clubbing scene is techno-heavy, and in Tbilisi Bassiani, built in an old swimming pool, hosts local and international techno and house DJs, while beautiful Mtkvarze promotes underground house nights in an opulent venue dotted with chandeliers. Enjoy an aperitif at Fabrika an achingly cool complex of bars and restaurants in downtown Tbilisi.
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Batumi, the country's wacky seaside resort CREDIT: ©MAMUKA GOTSIRIDZE

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