10 most attractive destinations for tourists in Georgia
03 November, 2018
Tourism is one of the most important parts of Georgian economy. Number of tourists increase year to year in Georgia. According to the National Tourism Administration of Georgia, number of international visitors has increased by 5% in September 2018 compared to the same period last year and equates to 892 463.

The number of tourists in Georgia increased by 9% in 2018 compared to the last year. The majority of tourists in September come from Russia. Second place is occupied by
Azerbaijan that is followed by Armenia.

Read more: Tsinandali Palace – The first European one in Georgia

From January to September number of tourists increased by 18% and number of international visitors increased by 11%. Overall, 6.8 million international visitors arrived in Georgia, including 3.8 million tourists.


As representatives of the National Tourism Administration of Georgia say the majority of tourists visit Tbilisi. They like the old city with distinctive, narrow streets, historic places and churches. 1 498 743 tourists visited Tbilisi in the first half of 2018.
Tbilisi, maidan square


Second place in ranking is occupied by Batumi. Tourists are specially interested to visit Kvariati, Batumi Botanical Garden, Gonio fortress and other places. 713 465 tourists visited Batumi in the first half of 2018.
Batumi. Photo courtesy: georgia.travel


Marneuli in Kartli is also attractive for tourists. Population in Marneuli is mixed – part of them are Azerbaijanis and part of them are Georgians. Tourists are interested to see town were to different cultures coexist. 373 026 tourists visited Marneuli in the first half of 2018.
Marneuli. Photo courtesy: en.wikipedia.org


Lots of tourists visit Mtskheta – an old capital of Georgia. Mtskheta is among one of the oldest cities in Georgia and this is what attracts so many tourists. They want to visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Jvari (Cross) Monastery, Armazi fortress, Samtavro Monastery and others. 286 468 tourists visited Mtskheta in the first half of 2018.
Mtskheta. Photo courtesy: sakurageorgia.com


Kazbegi is among popular destinations as well – Gergeti Trinity Church is its main attraction. 240 196 tourists visited Kazbegi in the first half of 2018.
Kazbegi. Photo courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org


Even though Gudauri is considered to be a winter resort, it is attractive for tourists in summer as well. Backpacking trips are one of the most attractive activities there for visitors. 203 442 tourists visited Gudauri in the first half of 2018.
Gudauri. Photo courtesy: skigeorgia.ge

Read more: Georgia reflected in the photos of Thomas Dworzak


Old city walls, houses decorated with bricks, streets paved with cobble-stones and wine cellars – this and much more is what attracts tourists to Sighnaghi. 122 919 tourists visited Sighnaghi in the first half of 2018.
Sighnaghi. Photo courtesy: itinari.com


Kutaisi is among the oldest cities in Europe where people have been living since the 2nd millennium B.C. Landmarks of the Georgian culture like Gelati monastery, Bagrati Church and Prometheus caves are located there. 118 045 tourists visited Kutaisi in the first half of 2018.
Kutaisi. Photo courtesy: georgiatours.info


Rustavi, a nearby city of Tbilisi is also among most visited places by tourists. 114 905 tourists visited Rustavi in the first half of 2018.
Rustavi. Photo courtesy: kiva.org


The last place is occupied by Telavi – administrative center of the Kakheti region. Prominent Kakhetian wine and delicious cuisine is what awaits for guests there. The place is attractive both for natives and tourists as well. 104 790 tourists visited Telavi in the first half of 2018.
Telavi. Photo courtesy: oldtelavi.ge/en

Related stories:

Other Stories
Georgia in winter – a new holiday experience
Spring, summer and autumn, these are the main tourist seasons in Georgia. But have you ever thought about visiting in winter and hit the ski slope?
Statues of famous people decorating Tbilisi
Statues and monuments remind passersby about history of the country and its prominent people.
Tsinandali Palace – The first European one in Georgia
There are several palaces of nobleman remained in Georgia. The majority of them were destroyed by different conquerors.
Stunning paintings of Rusudan Petviashvili
Rusudan Petviashvili is a Georgian painter. Her talent is recognized worldwide.
The Phaistos Disc decoded - Inscription on the clay plate is in ancient Georgian language
July 3 makes the 101st anniversary since the Phaistos Disc was discovered on the island of Crete.
Tbilisi at night seems so romantic and attractive
Every city changes its appearance at night. One may not even recognize the same city at night.
Royal palaces in Georgia – Part 2
Georgia, a small country in the south Caucasus, has a long-standing history. Georgian kings and queens used to live in royal residences.
Surami fortress and Lisi Lake captured by talented Georgian photographers
Georgian photographers Giorgi Shermazana and David Pix have captured one of the most beautiful places of Georgia through their cameras.
Royal palaces in Georgia - Part 1
Georgia, a small country in the south Caucasus, has a long-standing history. Georgian kings and queens used to live in royal residences.
Tbilisi in Autumn– beautiful places in the capital
Tbilisi is distinguished by its versatile architecture. There is an old part of the city full of historical buildings, churches and small houses with special carvings and typical balconies.
Keti Matabeli – One of the most interesting Georgian painters
Keti Matabeli is a Georgian painter. Her interesting works fascinate people all over the world.
Georgia - a holiday destination in the South Caucasus: Part  2
Georgia is a guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018. Due to the special occasion, various German journals write about Georgia.
Georgia: Europe in Asia, a guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair which is one of the biggest and most significant cultural and intellectual events all over the world chose Georgia as a guest of honour of the 2018 fair.
Georgia - a holiday destination in the South Caucasus: Part 1
Germany's public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle reviews the culture and history of Georgia.
Tbilisoba to be held in October
The annual festival Tbilisoba will take place on the 6th and 7th of October.
Georgia reflected in the photos of Thomas Dworzak
Thomas Dworzak is a German photojournalist. He is a member of Magnum photos (an international photographic cooperative).
Swiss photographer’s photos show what did Georgia look like in 1993
The Swiss photographer DANIEL Spehr uploaded the photos of Georgia taken in 1993 on his Facebook last year.
Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem
In ancient times religious centers were utilized for the cultural and educational purposes of the country.
American couple about living in Georgia
Georgian couple Katie and Brodie McClains have been living in Georgia for 4 years now with their children Luke, Anabelle and Maddy.
Georgian monasteries in Azerbaijan
Saingilo is a former province of the Kakheti kingdom, Georgia which is now situated in the territory of Azerbaijan.
Georgian Wine Festival 2018 kicks off for a second time on Shardeni Street
It is now the second year when small, medium and large Georgian wine companies will be given a chance to showcase their products through the Georgian Wine Festival.
Georgian Abbey in Bulgaria called Petritsoni
There are many sites of cultural heritage with the Georgian roots in other countries.
Must see places in Abkhazia
Abkhazia is situated in the northwestern region of Georgia. It covers 8,660 square kilometres (3,340 sq mi) and has a population of around 240,000.
Discover must see places in Shida Kartli
Shida kartli is located in the eastern part of Georgia. It includes the following towns: Gori, Tskhinvali, Kaspi, Kareli, Java and Khashuri.
A traveler advises to visit Kakheti for the Georgian wine tasting
A traveller Benjamin Kemper shares his impressions about Georgia, the wine country – on www.cntraveler.com.
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate