- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit Tbilisi, Georgia
Have you been to a city where you can find Georgian Orthodox, Armenian Gregorian and Roman Catholic churches, a synagogue, a mosque and a Zoroastrian temple all within a 5 minute walk of each other? Then you should definitely go to Georgia and visit capital Tbilisi – a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious city on the crossroads of history, a city neither European nor Asian but a heady blend of both East and West. Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century AD and has attracted visitors ever since, drawn by the hot springs for which the city is named, by the lively atmosphere of its cobbled streets and caravanserais or simply by what Alexandre Dumas called the “strange, fascinating charm” of this “city of legend and romance.”
Tbilisi is the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of roughly 1.5 million inhabitants. Tbilisi is known for its distinctive architecture, which reflects the city's storied past and comprises an eclectic mix of Medieval, Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Stalinist and Modernist structures.
Present-day Tbilisi is one of the safest cities in Europe and frequently ranks among the most popular emerging destinations thanks to Georgia's growing tourism industry.
Here are some reasons why you should visit Tbilisi.
Enjoy breathtaking panoramas
Tbilisi is situated in a mountainous area, so you’ll definitely get the chance to enjoy some amazing views. The most popular and easily accessible observation point is Narikala fortress. You can either get there by cable car from Rike Park or by foot from Meidani Square. It’s best to take a cable car up (save your breath for the breathtaking views) and walk down.
With several upscale restaurants and a big Ferris wheel that offers a fantastic panorama of the city, Mtatsminda Park is a must. Head up the mountain by funicular, take a walk, watch the sunset and enjoy the crisp evening air.
Sip divine wine at traditional wine cellars
Georgia is famous for its wines. Tbilisi has plenty of small cellars where you can taste different varieties and choose a bottle to take home, or simply stop by for a glass or two. Vinotheca is one of the many cellars that offers tastings, while the atmosphere at Wine Bar Khareba is perfect for relaxing evening tipple. Visit a local wine cellar to learn about the history of Georgian winemaking, enjoy performances by local musicians and chat with friendly bartenders.
Savour national delicacies at cosy restaurants
Georgian food is disastrous for people who try not to overeat. It’s extremely delicious and there are so many tempting choices that you’ll be hard-pressed to try everything during your stay. There are many different restaurants and cafés in Tbilisi where you can enjoy all the highlights of Georgian cuisine. Maspindzelo, Cafe Gabriandze, Zakhar Zakharich are just a few of the places that serve amazing local food.