Best Tourist Places to Visit in Georgia, Europe
Georgia is a country in Eurasia geographically positioned between 42.0167° N latitude and 43.7333° E longitude. Tbilisi is the official capital and the largest city, Kutaisi is the legislative capital, Georgian is the official language and Lari is the currency of Georgia. The government of Georgia follows unitary semi-presidential republic system.
Georgia is surrounded by Russia in the north, Turkey and Armenia on the south, Azerbaijan towards southeast and in the west by the Black Sea. Situated between Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is spread over an area of 69,700 sq. km.
The major cities of Georgia are as follows:
History of Georgia:
It is believed that, Georgia derives its name from a Christian martyr, Saint George. Until the beginning of the 19th century, Georgia was under the rule of the independent kingdoms when it became the part of the Russian Empire. Later in the year 1921, Georgia was conquered by Soviet Russia, converting it as the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. Finally the independence of Georgia was declared on April 9, 1991 from the Soviet Union and finalized on December 25, 1991.
How to reach Georgia?
Tbilisi International Airport is the most important airport of Georgia located in the national capital, Tbilisi. This airport operates flights from and to most of the major European and some Asian cities such as Munich, Amsterdam, Kiev, Dubai, Baghdad, Rome, Moscow, Athens and Tehran.
Tbilisi in Georgia is connected to Istanbul in Turkey and Baku in Azerbaijan by direct bus services. Also direct train services are available to Istanbul and Baku.
Minibus, train, rental car and bike are the options for local travel.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Georgia:
Orthodox Christianity forms the higher majority of Georgia’s population and Georgia has a mixed culture of Georgian, Greeks, Roman and Russian.
Khachapuri and khinkali are the national dishes of Georgia and Chacha and wines are also very famous in Georgia.
Gold and silver items are purchasable in Georgia and other items include Georgian wine, brandy and paintings. Most of the major upgraded shopping centers and food corners of Georgia are in the capital Tbilisi.
Tourist Attractions in Georgia:
Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi:
Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi or Sameba is the 3rd tallest Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in the globe, built between 1995 and 2004, designed by Archil Mindiashvili.
Situated in the Kazbegi District in Georgia, the Mount Kazbek is a dormant stratovolcano and the 3rd highest mountain in Georgia with an altitude of 5033 meters. It is a great site for adventure sport lovers.
Janashia Museum is located at Rustaveli Avenue 3 in Tbilisi, encompassing thousands of artifacts related to archeology and ethnography of Georgia and Caucasia. The entrance fee is 3 GEL.
List of other places of interest in Georgia includes:
- Lake Ritsa
- Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
- Gergeti Trinity Church
- Bagrati Cathedral
- Turtle Lake
- Kartlis Deda
- National Botanical Garden of Georgia
- Joseph Stalin Museum
- Cow Island
- Anchiskhati Basilica
- Vashlovani National Park
- Dadiani Palaces Museum
Best time to visit Georgia:
Georgia can be visited throughout the year, especially between May and September will be ideal to visit Georgia.
Accommodation options in Georgia:
Georgia is home to all sorts of accommodation centers categorized as hotels, BB and Inns, lodges and vacation rentals. Private homes are the cheaper and most enjoyable option in Georgia and the country’s most luxury hotels are situated in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The prominent hotels in Georgia (Tbilisi) include:
- Demi Hotel
- Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel
- Hotel British House
- Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
- Holiday Inn Tbilisi
- Betsy’s Hotel
- Courtyard Tbilisi
- Hotel River Side
- Hotel Villa Mtiebi
- Hotel City
- Mia Guesthouse Tbilisi
- Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel
- Hotel Armazi Palace
- Hotel Sharden
- Hotel Ambasadori