Top 4 Must-do's in Tbilisi

Tbilisi is a real pearl hidden among the high mountains of Georgia. This ancient yet modern city has so many exciting opportunities to offer to its guests. Here on the crossroad of Europe and Asia, the Eastern culture intertwines with Western. As a result, Georgian culture has become so unique and diverse. In this article, I want to introduce you to the top 4 exciting ways to spend your tour in Georgia, namely in the capital Tbilisi.

1. Get lost in the old town

Georgia is a country of incredible contrasts. I believe that the charm of any city is hidden, first of all, in the part that brightly represents the greatest historical value and is usually referred to as the Old Town. It is in the architecture, old winded streets, and colorful wooden houses with carved balconies that the real ancient soul of Tbilisi is hidden. All these fragile and old buildings are full of charm.

Tbilisi Old Town, being once the historical center, is abundant in fascinating sights that should be included in any must-visit list. "Abanotubani" is one of such places. According to legend, this place was indicated by the falcon of King Vakhtang Gorgasali. Subsequently, hot springs were discovered here, and it was decided to found a new capital. Bath Quarter is perfectly preserved. In public baths, curative sulfur waters are used. Baths are located under the ground and on the surface, the only visible part are the hive-like domes.

Tbilisi Old Town is the most attractive and touristic part of the city. Kote Abkhazi Street, more known as Leselizde, is the main and longest street of the old city, which starts from the Freedom Square and stretches to Vakhtang Gorgasali Square (another name is "Tatar Meydan"). Shardeni Street is the liveliest and most buzzing street. Resembling those cozy Parisian lanes, Shardeni Street is literally filled with plenty of cafes, restaurants, comfy wineries, souvenir shops and galleries where you can buy amazing pieces of Georgian applied arts such as minankari jewelry or fashionable clothes from Georgian designers.

2. Visit the ruins of Narikala Fortress

The ancient ruins of Narikala fortress are one of the exciting places from where you can admire the breathtaking views of Tbilisi from bird’s glance. Narikala Fortress is considered the heart and soul of Tbilisi as from its construction in the 4th century, the history of Tbilisi has begun. Being situated on the Silk Road, Narikala Fortress had constantly been invaded by numerous enemies during the centuries. In the 19th century, it was destroyed as a result of an earthquake. Visiting Narikala ruins is a must: you can reach the fortress by a cable car from Rike Park, enjoying astonishing views of the city on the way (one-way ticket costs only GEL 1 or EUR 0.4).

3. Visit Mtatsminda Park

Mtatsminda is a holy mount for the Georgians. The first thing that comes to one's mind when imagining Tbilisi is the funicular leading to the top of Mtatsminda Mount. Being situated at the height of about 800 meters above the city Mtatsminda Park offers panoramic views over Tbilisi. If you want to have fun and relax, you should definitely visit Mtatsminda amusement park especially when travelling with children. The way to the top is easy and full of joy: you only need to take a cable car and admire the stunning views on the road.

4. Try national cuisine

Georgian national cuisine is probably one of the main attractions in the country. The local dishes are so various and appetizing that one will not be able to remain indifferent. So, what I do advise to try first? Of course, khinkali and khachapuri. Khinkali are like dumplings: they're stuffed with spicy meat. Khachapuri is a pie with hot and viscous cheese. Don't forget to try different kinds of local barbecue with spices and of course the most famous Georgian sweet called churchkhella which resembles a sausage made up of various nuts and grape juice.

That was the most interesting things you can do in Tbilisi. After your Georgian tour, I advise you to continue exploring the South Caucasus and to visit Armenia, a no less beautiful and attracting country. You can also book Armenia and Georgia combined tours and discovers for all-the-hidden-secrets of these countries in a short period of time. These countries are also very popular among extreme lovers. You choose among adventure options and enjoy cycling, jeeping, paragliding, trekking and hiking in Armenia and Georgia.



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