Georgia is a small country of just 3 million people in the crook between Europe and Asia. This country was a main hub for the silk road back in the 2nd century because of it’s proximity to both continents. It also thrived because its coast is along the Black Sea which promoted trade and economic growth. Although it had ties to the Soviet Union in the past, it is now a sovereign country that has so much to offer in terms of culture, nightlife, and nature. If you’re looking for an adventure to somewhere a little off the beaten path, Georiga is the place to go.
Georgia is fortunate enough to have the Caucasian mountain range, which stands at over 5,000 meters high. If you are looking for some incredible hikes, you have to visit this mountain range. For experienced hikers, there are several treks that go up to 70km and can take a few days to complete. However, they are very doable and you will have amazing views on your entire trip.
A good trek to consider is the one from the town of Mestia to Ushguli, which will take you about 4 days. This is the most popular route for hikers in the country.
If you are looking for only a day hike, there are still plenty of options to consider. There is one called the “footprint trail” which goes from Likani to Kvabiskhevi and covers 14km. It’s located in the Borjomi-Kharagauli nation park, and there are beautiful panoramic views along the way.
What To Do
Tbilisi is the capital and largest city in the country and is the cultural hub. This city is unique for its lack of western influences in chain restaurants or mentality. People are friendly, the streets are small and are designed with traditional architecture. There are many influences from Georgia’s Middle Eastern neighbors, which attributes to different types of local markets around the city.
There are several museums in Tbilisi which are quite fascinating. Specifically, the Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography is a tribute to folk architecture and craftwork from all around the country. Another interesting museum to visit is the State Silk Museum. This establishment details the history of the silk industry in the city, as well as the way to process and care for silk.
Mtskheta is the oldest city in Georgia and is only 20km north of Tbilisi. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of beautiful buildings surrounded by the mountains. There are many monuments and a monastery in the city that make it definitely worth your while.
Food and Nightlife
The national dish of Georgia is a dumpling type food called khinkali. Depending on the region they can be filled with a variety of fillings, but are all equally delicious. Georgia also has some very cheap and distinguished beer, even at most luxurious bars, it will only be a couple of dollars. There are also some really exciting clubs in the city center of Tbilisi, like Cafe-Gallery, Club 10/11, and VIP Time.