15 Reasons to Visit Georgia
05 February, 2019
15 Reasons to Visit Georgia
Mywanderlust, a famous travel blog introduces travelers 15 reasons to visit Georgia. The author of the blog Kamila Napora visited Georgia in 2011 and she says that the trip changed her traveling forever. Despite the fear of coming to Georgia as it was shortly after the war between Russian and Georgia (2008), Kami arrived in Georgia. The trip surpassed all her expectations and Kami fell in love with Georgia instantly. Now she has already visited the country over ten times.

Kami
believes there are numerous reasons why Georgia should be on the must-see places list.

“It’s one of these countries where, within a short span of time, you can swim in the Black Sea, go skiing in the Caucasus mountains and in between enjoy bustling city life.”
georgian dishes
1. First of all, she is crazy about Georgian food. She says that Georgia offers a variety of dishes for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Kamis’ favorite Georgian dishes are badrijani (fried eggplant with walnut sauce), khachapuri (cheese-bread), lobio (very thick bean soup), khinkhali (dumplings), ajapsandali (vegetable stew).

“But my absolutely favorite food in Georgia is just a simple salad made from cucumbers and tomatoes. It’s pure heaven, the ingredients are so fresh, so crispy like nowhere else.”
georgian mountains
2. Secondly, it is Georgia’s diverse landscape that should be visited. In a single country, one can experience Black Sea beaches (mostly full of stones but still decent enough to spend some relaxing time at), high Caucasus and lower lush mountains, incredible caves, green valleys, etc.
tbilisi
3. Thirdly, the traveller is impressed with the great history of the country. The history of Georgia dates back to ancient times when it was known as the kingdom of Iberia and Colchis. Georgia reached the peak of its prosperity between the 11th-15th centuries under the rule of David the Builder and Queen Tamar. Since the end of 18th century, the country was ruled by Russia. However, on the 9th of April in 1991 Georgia regained its independence.
georgian wine
4. Besides, the country has a long history of wine-making:

“These days the main region to taste Georgian wine is Kakheti in the eastern part of the country, 75% of the production comes from there. What’s more, you can get an excellent homemade wine just about everywhere, you can buy it in the restaurants or at local markets where they are sold in the Coca-Cola bottles (it’s actually part of the charm of the markets).”
Georgia hospitality
5. Georgian hospitality is familiar to the whole world. Kami was often invited to homes and offered delicious homemade dishes in Georgia.

6. Georgia’s cities are vibrant and busy. Kami singles out the capital Tbilisi with its attractions especially Old Tbilisi, Batumi, the seaside resort with surrounding mountains and interesting architecture and Kutaisi, the second biggest city in the country with its unique nature.
abandoned places Georgia
7. Georgia’s abandoned places should be on the list of those travelers who are interested in such places. Near Kutaisi, there is a former spa of Tskaltubo functioning in Soviet Georgia but has become now an abandoned venue and a shelter for the refugees from Abkhazia. The spa reveals the Soviet architecture. Abandoned places can also be found in Old Tbilisi, the capital’s old part.
mosaics_georgia
8. Georgia, a post-soviet country has a big number of concrete soviet buildings. Some of them are renovated but the architecture is still preserved. Apart from concrete buildings, one can found colorful soviet mosaics in Georgia.
fabricka_tbilisi
9. Tbilisi is the most hipster city in Europe. Fabrika, a former sewing factory is in the heart of the city. The venue is full of cafes, bars, start-ups and artists’ studios. Besides Fabrika, there are funky places spread all over Tbilisi. Kami believes young Georgians are one of the most stylish peoples in the world.
chiatura cable car
10. Georgia is full of adventures:

“Thanks to diverse landscape Georgia can be a great destination for adventure lovers. You can go skiing here in Gudauri, climb Mt. Kazbek (5047 meters above the sea level), go horseback riding in numerous valleys or paragliding in Caucasus mountains.”
monument_batrumi
11. Georgia is replete with impressive monuments. One can experience fortresses (Narikala in Tbilisi), caves (Vardzia in Samtskhe-Javakheti) and castles (Rabati castle in Samtskhe-Javakheti).

12. Travelers can find numerous churches and monasteries with distinctive shapes and impressive murals.
church_Georgia
13. Georgia is a safe country. Travelers do not need to take any extra precautions there. The only thing to be careful about is driving as Georgian drives are crazy.

14. If you are looking for low-cost destinations, Georgia should be on your list. Everything is very affordable in comparison to Western European standards. From dishes to transportations fees are very low in the country.
tbilisi
15. Of course, it doesn’t matter when you are going to visit Georgia but Kami suggests that the offseason is the best obtain when visiting Georgia. While some like to visit Georgia in summer, the country is much warmer and nicer offseason.

Source: 15 REASONS TO VISIT GEORGIA – THE AMAZING EMERGING DESTINATION

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