In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Georgia
We are talking about Georgia in Europe here, a country that became independent when the Soviet Union disintegrated. Its history is rich in national pride and for the most part of their history, they were an independent country with its own culture that is totally different from Russian or any other in Europe.
Georgia is located in the Caucasus region, right between Asia and Europe and it is one of the most incredible countries you can visit. It is one of Europe’s best-hidden gems. Everywhere you go in Georgia, you will meet incredibly warm and beautiful people, as well as sights that will take your breath away. The three we have selected for you are simple musts.
1. The Capital of Tbilisi
Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and you will most probably be landing in the city if you are traveling by plane. It is one of the most peculiar cities in the Europe, or perhaps even entire world. It is a city that is 15 centuries old and that has seen empires, kingdoms and unions come and go.
In all that time, it remained its own. Some of the spots that you need to see when in Tbilisi are the historical center of the city, the medieval Narikala Fortress as well as a number of churches and cathedrals.
2. Tusheti National Park
Imagine a part of the world that is a combination of the Scottish Highlands and something from Tolkien, with a bit of eastern mysticism thrown in for good measure. That is exactly what you get when you visit the Tusheti National Park in the eastern part of Georgia.
The landscapes that you will see there will make you rub your eyes in disbelief, with the Caucasus in the background, so majestic and immovable. Mountain trekking in Tusheti is something everyone should have on their bucket list.
Uplistsikhe means “the lord’s fortress” in Georgian and if you decide to visit this unique spot, you will realize why they gave it this name. It is an entire town literally built into a giant rock, in eastern part of the country. The archaeological evidence shows that the locale has been inhabited since the early iron age.
It features buildings and structures from throughout the history, from Iranian to Early Christian and medieval ones. The image of this rock-town is going to stay with you for the rest of your life.