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Georgia Popular Places to Visit

Ananuri

About 70 kilometers north of Tbilisi lies the unbelievable Ananuri castle complex – a can’t miss destination in Georgia for many tourists. The 17th-century structure has survived numerous attacks over the centuries, and stands in stunning contrast to the Aragvi River, which it overlooks.

You can visit several different churches within the small complex, or climb one of the watchtowers for a unique view of the surroundings.

Tbilisi, Georgia

Mestia

Mestia is the main town in the mountainous region of Svaneti. Though not as hard as going all the way to Ushguli, it still isn’t easy to get to unless you can snag one of the few flights from Tbilisi to Mestia.

That said, it’s well worth a visit to this stunning but isolated mountain region – especially if you’re a hiker or trekker (just make sure you have Georgia travel insurance cover if you’re going up in the mountains though!).

There you’ll find a unique but fierce culture that has managed to ward off invaders ranging from the Mongols to the Persians to the Ottomans.

Svaneti, Georgia

Bakhmaro

Bakhmaro is situated 2,000 meters above sea level and known as the highest alpine climatic resort in Georgia. Camp above the clouds, take pictures of the milky way, feel the real vibes of rural Georgia, catch a glimpse of the sun setting on the Black Sea, enjoy magnificent views, pick berries and mushrooms in the forest, cuddle up by the campfire, wake to the faint hint of the early morning sunlight and enjoy the sweet sounds of nature – this is what visiting Bakhmaro is about.

The best time to visit Bakhmaro is from June to September as most of the activities are outdoors.

The journey from Tbilisi to Bakhmaro takes around 5 hours. You can hitchhike but also take a minibus from Tbilisi or from Chokhatauri.

Bakhmaro, Georgia

The Canyons Of Martvili

Martvili is located in the Samegrelo region in the western part of Georgia and is 280km away from Tbilisi. The canyon, caves and waterfalls were formed over time by the Abasha River and you can enjoy the scenery and amazing views of the dark green canyon by taking a boat trip in the river.

Travel by public transport: minibusses leave every day from Tbilisi Didube bus station to Martvili.

Martvili, Georgia

Kazbegi

Kazbegi is really an amazing travel spot for every taste and budget. From luxury lovers to hitchhikers, everyone can find something here to his or her liking.

There are plenty of walks through the amazing valleys and one will lead you to the Gergeti Trinity Church, located at an altitude of 2170m. You also shouldn’t miss out on the hike to the Gergeti Glacier!

On the way from Tbilisi to Kazbegi, along the Military Highway, you’ll pass the Ananuri Castle,the Jinvaly water reservoir and the Russia-Georgia friendship monument. 

Kazbegi, Georgia

Juta Chaukhi

Adding superlatives to describe the surroundings of Juta is pointless. If you have the chance, just pack your bags and go. You won’t regret it!

Juta is the most peaceful and green place in Georgia and one of the most popular climbing and trekking areas among professional climbers. There are also many equally pleasant walks to be done around the village.

There are no buses going directly from Tbilisi to Juta.You can take a minibus from Didube Station in Tbilisi to Stepantsminda. The journey takes around 3 hours. Once you’re in Stepantsminda you can rent a delica or any other 4×4 car to reach Juta, which is 24 km away.

Stepantsminda, Georgia

Shatili Khevsureti

Shatili Khevsureti is a mysterious medieval fortress village, surrounded by huge green mountains. Be sure that the diversity of the scenery will amaze any traveler and inspire incurable travel lust in everyone. 

Modern life hasn’t penetrated this region in Georgia yet. Locals put all of their efforts into pleasing their guests, assuring that they are always comfortable and happy.

During important feasts, the local people put on their folk costumes and go to the church where ancient pagan traditions, mixed with Christian beliefs, are still being practiced.

Shatili is about 140 km north of Tbilisi. Because of the snow, the road is only accessible from May to October.

Tbilisi, Georgia

Sighnagi

Georgia has its share of big cities and tourist attractions but what’s really special about my country, are the small towns. Sighnaghi is one of them.

Here you can experience the best that the region of Kakheti has to offer: some of the best food & wine, beautiful tiny streets and houses with colorful wooden balconies, breathtaking views over the Alazani valley, the smell coming from the bakeries, a variety of fancy castles and small family-owned wine cellars and vineyards.

It’s quite easy to hitchhike to Sighnaghi from Tbilisi. Often the first car you thumb will stop. It can take about 2 hours to get to Sighnaghi, because most drivers aren’t going very long distances.

If you don’t like to hitchhike, take a minibus from Samgori Metro Station in Tbilisi. The ride takes about 1 hour 45 minutes.

There are many lovely guesthouses in Sighnaghi.

Sighnagi, Georgia

Omalo

It’s a beautiful mountain pass but it’s also considered as one of the most dangerous roads in the world. You need a 4×4 vehicle and nerves of steel to cross the pass but it is definitely worth it! The road to Tusheti is only open for 5 months (late May to early October).

The inhabitants, the Tushs or Tushetians, nowadays only go up there during summer to graze their cattle, organize traditional festivals, provide accommodation and tours for tourists and reconnect with their roots.  In winter they live in the lowland villages of Alvani and Akhmeta in Kakheti.

Tusheti, Georgia

Ushguli

Located in northwestern Georgia and locked in the heart of the Caucasus mountains lies the historic province Svaneti. The only way to get there is by driving from Zugdidi to Mestia along steep windy roads looking over beautiful gorges, wild rivers, and majestic mountains. 


Svaneti consists of several small villages, built on the slopes of the snow-covered mountains and surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of alpine meadows. Walking around in these picturesque villages that are dominated by tower-houses, gives you the feeling that you’re thrown back into the European Middle Ages.

Ushguli. This village is part of one of the highest inhabited settlements in Europe, at about 2200m above sea level.

It is very remote, the only road to get there is very rough and bumpy but oh so beautiful! The inhabitants live a remote and unique life. They ride on horses through the cobblestone streets while pigs, dogs, cows and goats walk next to them on the little paths. It feels like time stood still there! 

Svaneti, Georgia