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Why should you visit Georgia: a unique country caught between two worlds

Why should you visit Georgia: a unique country caught between two worlds

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The English name Georgia derives from the antic Greek word Georgios meaning farmer. This is a very picturesque name for this country even today, as around 52% of Georgia’s population is employed in agriculture. However, many people mix this country with the US state Georgia. And you have no idea how frustrating is for Georgian people to explain where they are from. It was a real challenge finding information about this lovely country before I visited because the internet is overwhelmed with information about the US state. 

A country like no other Why visit Georgia

The local name or how Georgians call their country is slightly different though. It’s Sakartvelo. Georgia or Sakartvelo is the northernmost Caucasus country in this beautiful slip of land nuzzled between the Black and the Caspian Sea, bordering Russia on the North, and Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan on the South and East. And here’s when the big dilemma pops up. Is Georgia part of Asia or Europe?

why visit Georgia?

Georgians belong to the Caucasian race and they are Orthodox Cristian, which means they have more cultural similarities with Europe. However, they are located on the East from Turkey, which technically comes under Asia. On the other hand, the Georgian language is unique, not deriving from any other language. They technically have three alphabets but officially use one. This alphabet has some of the hardest sounds that seemed completely impossible to pronounce to me. The most impressive part about Georgia is that they managed to preserve their identity despite the strong influence of their mighty neighbors, Russia and Turkey. Georgia isn’t quite European, nor is it Asian. That’s why I say Georgia is a country like no other.

A small country with a lot of diversity

Georgia is divided into 11 regions with the capital residing in Tbilisi. If you’re not from around, then try pronouncing that. Tbilisi is a bustling, multicultural city with Narikala Fort looming over the city. There are many places to visit in Tbilisi but the Old Town is one of the most charming places I’ve seen. You can find an Orthodox church, a Catholic church, a mosque, and a synagogue in the same neighborhood.

Tbilisi View

The country is conveniently located between the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains. And these mountains probably have a critical role in preserving Georgian identity as we know it today. The fact that the whole country is surrounded by mountains made it rather difficult to conquer throughout history. Not only that, but these mountains protect Georgia from the blistering cold air masses of Russia and the hot and dry streams that penetrate from the Middle East. That’s why the country has a perfect weather, with both moderately cold winters and moderately hot summers.

Area-wise, Georgia is a pretty small country. However, it has surprisingly diverse landscapes for its size of 70,000 square kilometers. Georgia has Mount Shkhara, which is over 5,000 meters above sea level.  Concealed within the hills lie Javakheti volcanic plateau and the Southern Georgia volcanic plateau. They are both, unstable geological regions with a lot of hot springs and mineral water and a lot of seismic activity too. Finally, caves. So many of them. A couple of worth mentioning are Melouri Cave, which is still not fully explored and Krubera Cave, officially the deepest cave in the world that goes 2,000 meters underground. Furthermore, Georgia has some amazing waterfalls, the absolutely stunning Martvili Canyon, and the gorgeous blue lake in Abkhazia. Finally, they also have a big port city in Batumi and some pretty nice beaches on the Black Sea coast.

Related: why should you consider visiting Yerevan?

why visit Georgia

The gourmand’s paradise

Where to start? You thought France and Italy have the best wine in the world? That’s because you probably didn’t visit Georgia. These guys started making wine 300 years B.C. Georgia is unofficially the birth crib of this amazing drink we love so much today.

In addition to wine, another integral part of Georgian cuisine is cheese. They have so many different kinds of it. Salty Kulguni, stringy tenili, different kinds of guda, Imeruli cheese… You name it. They even have a dish that has cheese inside of the cheese.  Georgians also eat a lot of meat. So if you’re vegetarian, good luck. But if you’re a meat-lover you’ll love it here. Like I said they eat a lot of meat. Even their soups are full of meat.  Georgians consider rice as food for poor people. And they eat a lot of bread too. They have a variety of different types of bread. The most famous one is Khachapuri which has the status of the national dish. It’s kind of like a Georgian pizza with a lot of cheese and a fried egg on the top. I also must mention Khinkali, which is the Georgian version of a dumpling. A giant dumpling.

georgian food

A large portion of Georgia’s land is fertile and there are a lot of different fruits growing here. You can buy a lot of fresh fruits on the street market and you can find fresh fruit juice every 100 meters when walking in the street. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

The people

Another reason to visit Georgia is its warm people. There’s a saying in Georgia that says: ‘Every guest is a gift from God’. And the Tbilisi airport has a free Wi-Fi network that goes under the name ‘Tbilisi Loves You’. Now, the thing is, at first sight, all Georgians look like the typical bad guy from a Hollywood movie but they are generally very warm and welcoming people. As I said, guests are a sacred thing for Georgian and they will do everything in their power to help you in any way they can. Even though many of them don’t speak English, their generosity and hospitality are on another level.

Places to visit in Georgia


I’m going to try to make this list short, mentioning just the best of the best but trust me, Georgia has a lot to offer.



Another city whose name is super hard to pronounce. Yeah, Georgia has plenty of those. Mtskheta is the oldest city in Georgia, the former capital, and a UNESCO heritage site.


svaneti georgia

Located in the North-West, this city is known for its breathtaking architecture and picturesque, fairytale-like landscapes. Svaneti has a number of UNESCO heritage sites.

Borjomi National Park

One of the most beautiful parks I’ve seen. It’s the ultimate winter idyllic place. It gets pretty cold in the winter but Borjomi is worth it. The town also has a countless of sources of mineral water famous across the country.


Ushguli is one of the highest villages in the world sitting at 2,200 meters above sea level. The village is famous for the Svanetian protection towers. Comfortably tucked in the mountains isolated from outside influence Ushguli looks like a medieval town that got stuck in time.

Martvili Canyon and Prometheus Cave

Stunning. Breathtaking. Mesmerizing. I’m running out of words to describe Martvili Canyon; one of my favorite places in Georgia. On the road to Martvili, you can also stop by the Prometheus Cave. According to the Greek legend, it was this cave that Prometheus was chained in when he angered Zeus.


The best skiing resorts in the country and the ultimate winter paradise.

Gergeti Church

Gergeti Church

Finally, my favorite Gergeti Church. Elevated at 2,170 meters under the Kazbegi Mountains you will find Gergeti Church. One of the most beautiful churches I’ve seen at one of the least accessible places I’ve seen. There is a road leading to the church which is in terrible condition and not recommendable if you have a weak stomach. So if it’s not too cold, I suggest hiking to the top. The view along the way is amazing.

A few things I didn’t tell you about

You might think that Georgians don’t like Russians because they basically took a part of their land in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Today, these two are autonomous regions heavily influenced by Russia. But Georgians actually love Russia and most people still speak Russian. Far more than English, for that matter.

The most famous Georgian? Many people don’t know this but Joseph Stalin. He was born in the small town of Gori. And Georgians are actually proud of the notorious dictator and are not ashamed of the things he did.

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In conclusion, Georgia is elaborately hidden, rustic, yet modernized, medieval-looking like country caught between two worlds that refuses to identify with. With its own vibrant heritage that passed the test of time.

Useful resources for visiting Georgia

Get the cheapest flights to Georgia with this Qatar Airways’s Discover the World at a low price program. I use it for my flights and I saved hundreds of dollars throughout the years.

If you don’t have travel insurance, I personally use and recommend World Nomads.

If you want to rent a car in Georgia, get 25% off with this AutoEurope special offer.

To save on accommodation in Georgia, use this discount. Alternatively, use this offer and save when staying at all Radisson hotels in Georgia.

Finally, don’t forget to check whether you need to obtain a visa. If you do, you can easily get it through Ivisa. It’s quick, hassle-free, and most importantly- affordable.

Did this article give you enough reasons why to visit Georgia? Let us know in the comments! 

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Saturday 11th of May 2019

I really wish I could visit Georgia anytime soon! My parents have been twice and they always talk so much about the warm local mentality and my mom is vegetarian lol: she said the same thing - it could be challenging if you don’t like meat! And I’ve only been to Georgian restaurant so far and really loved Khachapuri...

Have a great weekend!

Passport Symphony

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

I hope you visit soon, Anna. Khachapuris are amazing but yeah, Georgian cuisine isn't the best fit for vegetarians :) Thank you for stopping by and dropping a comment

Manjulika Pramod

Friday 23rd of November 2018

This was a very insightful read about Georgia. Yes, I have also had that confusion around USA's Georgia. Located between Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains, it sure has a lovely weather. I would love to explore it for it old architectures. The food looks inviting. The bread with egg on the top would be my favorite for sure. The dimsums look amazing.

Passport Symphony

Friday 23rd of November 2018

Thank you, Majulika- I'm glad you could learn a few things about Georgia from this article :)


Thursday 22nd of November 2018

I agree, there is a confusion with the US state Georgia. It's disappointing that it doesn't get the much needed attention it deserves. The caves, hot springs, waterfalls, and lake you mentioned are enough to make me research more about Georgia. Oh, and I looove cheese and meat! I think I will fit well here when we get the chance to visit!

Passport Symphony

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

Thank you for your comment, Jen. If that's the case, I think you'll definitely love it. I'm glad to hear this article picked your curiosity about Georgia.


Thursday 22nd of November 2018

I know so little about Georgia. I can see how it is divided between two - East and West. The food looks absolutely delicious - so it makes sense to have some Western looking dishes along with dumplings. I’d be interested in going simply because it isn’t overrun with tourists! Time to start learning some Russian phrases.


Thursday 4th of July 2019

I'd recommend to learn some georgian phrases instead of russian if you plan to visit Georgia, we know russian language (and use it with foreigners if/when necessary), but don't speak it fluently. And it's more charming to hear the foreigners trying to say something in Georgian, rather than in Russian. As a starting phrase, try "gamarjoba"

Passport Symphony

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

The food is amazing and yes, there aren't a lot of tourists around! I hope you get the chance to check it out someday.


Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Georgia has been on my wishlist for so long! Everything looks really beautiful - architectur, green hills, food... And then that Gergeti Church looks so gorgeous, can you reach it by foot?

Passport Symphony

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

Thank you, Val- I'm glad to hear you liked the article. As for your question, yes the Gergeti Church can be reached by foot. It will take a couple of hours from the nearest town to reach to the top.