Best Places to Visit in Georgia

The old town of Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi

If you visit one place in Georgia and one place alone, make it the capital city Tbilisi. Spread across both banks of the Mtkvari River, this city boasts a striking mountain backdrop. With a history as a hub along the ancient Silk Road, it offers a diverse array of architecture and thermal baths, which visiting merchants once bathed in before entering the city. Be sure to explore the Old Town, overlooked by the Narikala Fortress, as well as the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi. Known locally as Sameba, this cathedral is at its most beautiful at night, when it’s lit up and appears bright gold.

Ancient Gergeti Trinity Church close to Stepantsminda in Georgia

Stepantsminda

The perfect base for walking and mountain biking, the valley town of Stepantsminda draws visitors to the hilltop Gergeti Trinity Church. Approximately a 90-minute walk from Stepantsminda, this 14th century church is a beautiful example of Orthodox architecture and its famous silhouette can be seen from many points in town. Set among the Caucasus Mountains, on a clear day Stepantsminda offers beautiful views of snow-capped Mount Kazbeg, which is the highest peak in the range.

Bagrati Cathedral in the city of Kutaisi, Georgia

Kutaisi

One of the oldest cities in the Georgia and a former capital, Kutaisi offers a diverse mix of attractions. When it comes to architecture, you have both the UNESCO-listed Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery or the futuristic Parliament Building. Just a day trip away you’ll find natural wonders such as Prometheus Cave or Sataplia Nature Reserve, famous for its dinosaur footprints. Perhaps also take a look at the interesting exhibits inside the Kutaisi Historical Museum or browse the indoor market, which is one of the liveliest and most colourful in the country.

Person hiking through Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park in Georgia

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Covering over 85,000 hectares, this protected area is one of the largest in Europe. Consisting of native forest and alpine meadows, the park lies on a migration route for many bird species and is home to wildlife such as brown bears, lynx, wolves and red deer. Visitors can enjoy a range of hikes, spanning altitudes of 800 to over 2,600 metres and lasting from one to three days in duration. Time your visit in spring and you’ll find the meadows filled with blooming flowers, creating some truly breathtaking views.

View of the city embankment from the sea on a sunny day, Batumi, Georgia

Batumi

Set on the Black Sea coast, Batumi has become one of Georgia’s top seaside resorts. Visitors enjoy its relaxed atmosphere and beaches, with a great range of restaurants, accommodation and nightlife adding to the city’s appeal. Batumi is also a hub for architectural innovation, with a collection of eye-catching tower buildings and a renovated Old Town. Its oldest attraction, however, is the Boulevard, a park and walkway that runs for around 7 kilometers along the coast. Enjoy an afternoon stroll, passing the boulevard’s numerous fountains and modern sculptures as you soak up the seaside views.

Center of Telavi in the Kakheti region, Georgia

Telavi

It’s a little-known fact that Georgia is the oldest wine-making country in the world. The earliest evidence of this dates back some 8,000 years and the country’s qvevri wine-making method now appears on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Located in the Alazani Valley in the Kakheti region of Georgia, Telavi is recognized as the centre of Georgia’s traditional wine-making. Whilst this historic city offers beautiful architecture and ancient monasteries to see, no visit would be complete without venturing out to one of the region’s popular wineries. Simply use the city as a base and either hop in a taxi or hire a bicycle to go and sample a glass or two.

Cobbled street and architecture in Sighnaghi, Georgia

Sighnaghi

Also located in the Kakheti region, Sighnaghi is another popular base for discovering Georgia’s wine scene. Set on a hilltop, this picturesque town offers cobblestone streets, old city walls and 18th to 19th century architecture reminiscent of Italy. Other attractions include the 8th century Kvelatsminda Church and Bobde Monastery, the revered final resting place of St Nino. With wonderful views over the Alazani valley to the Cacasus Mountains, this is the perfect place to spend a few days relaxing.

Svan towers in Ushguli village, Mestia district, Georgia

Mestia

At 1,500 metres above sea level, Mestia is a collection of hamlets dotted with picturesque Svan towers. With plenty of accommodation options, it makes a great base for exploring the wealth of other attractions in the area. Visitors can hike the Chaladi Glacier, explore the region’s gorgeous lakes or check out Ushguli, a UNESCO-listed site considered the highest settlement in Europe. If you’re looking for sporting activities, time your visit during the winter months so that you can hit the nearby ski slopes.

See Also

If you’re looking for more information about visiting Georgia, take a read of our other travel resources:

Best Time to Visit – the climate and seasons in Georgia
Top Travel Tips – info on currency, cuisine and more
Tourist Visas - what you need to know to enter Georgia