Top Reasons to Visit Georgia
1. Food and Restaurant Scene
The food of Georgia is diverse, often based on the country’s rural nature and austere history. Examples of great Georgian food is khinkali, a local version of dumplings which can be filled with potato, beef, cheese or mushroooms; or khachapuri, a pizza-like dough filled with cheese, which comes in many versions and toppings.
Because Georgia has such a rich cuisine, there is a great restaurant scene in Georgian cities, where you can find both local and international cuisine being served. Chardin street in Tbilisi has many good restaurants and cafes lined up. Many places also have very original décor, ranging from ultra-modern to traditional, from artsy to nostalgic.
Because of an abundance of sulfurous thermal waters in Tbilisi around the area of Abanotubani, there are a number of public and private bathhouses where you can have an exfoliating massage and plunge into a pool filled with sulfurous water – known to be good for the skin and also known to be good in the treatment of asthma and rheumatism, among other benefits.
Despite the growing popularity of Georgia as a tourist destination, it is still a budget-friendly destination while maintaining a good experience for travelers.
4. Traditional Wine
As one of the oldest producers of wine in the world, it is believed that Georgians have been making wine for at least 8,000 years, with their own traditional method in egg-shaped clay jars called qvevri. Those jars are buried underground where the fermentation happens naturally. It must be noted that Georgian wine develops an amber color when it is made in qvevri.
5. Beautiful Architecture
The cities of Georgia have no shortage of beautiful sights and buildings for tourists to see and admire. From the ancient ruins to Soviet buildings, from Art Nouveau to modern, Tbilisi and the rest of the country has it all.
Georgia is home to all kinds of climate zones despite its small size. You can find deserts, ski resorts, Black Sea coasts, and alpine zones. Lakes, canyons, waterfalls, spa resorts are all available travelers to Georgia.
7. Old Tbilisi
Old Tbilisi is the historical part of the Georgian capital and is worth a trip on its own. You can walk around historical buildings from the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as art deco.
Some sources reveal that Georgia is the third safest country in the world, only behind Singapore and Korea. Petty crime is nearly unheard of, murders, tourist kidnappings, police corruption, these are things that you will not have to worry about when traveling to Georgia.
Although Georgia is known as a budget destination, you will find many options to stay in comfort and luxury all over the country. Tbilisi, Batumi and Borjomi have a good selection of luxuty hotels and refined restaurants.
10. Georgia is home to the two highest villages in Europe
Ushguli in Svaneti, standing at 2,200 meters above the sea level and Bochorna in Kakheti, situated at 2,345 meters above the sea level is considered to be the highest settlements in Europe. Ushguli, nested at the foot of Mount Shkhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.