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An excellent climate, hospitable people, tasty and filling local cuisine, and the world’s oldest wine. And let’s also not forget the warm sea, the high and as yet poorly explored mountains and beaches, an ancient culture, relatively low prices, and a fairly well-developed infrastructure. Learn more about where to go and what to see in Georgia!

Food

Georgian cuisine is true paradise for those who love meat, vegetables and fruit. Here you can find anything you like: from the famous shashlik and chicken in walnut sauce, to watermelons, mint-flavoured cheese and pelamushi – a traditional desert made from grape juice and corn flour.

Traditional Georgian shashlik
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Traditional Georgian shashlik

Travelling through Georgia, you’ll see change not only in scenery, vegetation and lifestyle, but also in the dishes on the table. The western part of the country is dominated by flour and vegetable dishes, usually served with red chilli peppers.

In the east, on the other hand, you’ll find more and more meat dishes. Arranged on the tables here you’ll see khinkali - large dumplings filled with meat or cheese, khachapuri – cheese-filled pies, and jugs full of quality wine. It’s no surprise that the best grapes, responsible for Georgia’s reputation as a land of winemakers, are cultivated in the country’s eastern regions. Just don’t expect a large variety of food, though. Since the conservative Georgians aren’t too keen on experimenting in the kitchen, every local restaurant has roughly the same menu consisting of 10 to 20 of the same dishes. All food is served at the centre of the table so that every guest could try it. Ordering individual portions is something Georgian people find difficult to comprehend.

Restaurants in the Old Town of Tbilisi
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Restaurants in the Old Town of Tbilisi

Culture

The territory of Georgia has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic. For this reason, visitors get the opportunity to enjoy not only the country’s beautiful nature, but also its deep cultural traditions. Here you’ll find many ancient temples, cave cities, fortresses and stone houses-towers. However, since Georgia is much more about people and relationships between them, much of its heritage is non-material: polyphonic singing, temperamental Caucasian dances, and a rich dining culture with an entire hierarchy of wise toasts. The country has always been home to many local and foreign artists. Furthermore, Georgia was also traversed by the famous Silk Road, and served as background of the Greek mythical character Jason’s search for his beloved Medea and the Golden Fleece.

Young Wine Festival in Tbilisi
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Young Wine Festival in Tbilisi

Lazy Recreation

To those who prefer less physically-demanding recreation, Georgia has plenty to offer: from tours to holy places and Orthodox churches, to food and wine tours in different regions. All you have to do is enjoy your wine, listen to toasts and admire the spectacular mountains on the horizon. Moreover, the country’s seaside capital Batumi has recently become exceptionally modern and convenient for those who like to spend their vacations by the sea. Here you’ll find many new, comfortable hotels, good restaurants, plenty of entertainment for the whole family, and a beautiful boulevard stretching along the entire seaside.

Beautiful panoramic view of Tbilisi at sunset
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Beautiful panoramic view of Tbilisi at sunset

Active Recreation

In Georgia, you can climb mountains, explore the surroundings on horseback, and go hiking through scenic localities and the countless national parks. The country also has much to offer to river boating and wine enthusiasts who wish to take part in the making of traditional wine themselves. During winter, Georgian mountains invite skiers and snowboarders, and in the summer – mountain climbers and off-road explorers. The entire country is crisscrossed with interesting routes for both individual travellers and tourist groups. As the locals themselves like to joke, though, supra – a local dining space – is the most authentic Georgian sport.

The most visited ski resort of Georgia, Gudauri.
Photo taken by Paata Liparteliani - wikimedia.org.  The most visited ski resort of Georgia, Gudauri.

The Art of Living

Georgian people are hospitable and fun-loving. According to local wisdom, they are helped by the sun, the climate, wine, and God. Therefore, despite the economic hardships and abundant poverty, Georgians know how to lead fun and beautiful lives. Since they love life with all their hearts, every day is celebrated. These people can hardly be described as punctual and hard-working, but they sure are fun and temperamental. The Georgians like to socialise, love their children unconditionally, know how to sing and dance, cherish their history and culture, and love to have guests over to whom they can tell their many stories and raise a toast. They will never hesitate to help and never plan anything in advance, as the Georgian mind only operates in the “here and now”.

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