Tbilisi is such a beautiful city
In December 2018, I had a quick weekend getaway to celebrate my birthday while visiting a new country and meeting a good friend. Since I have an interest in exploring post-Soviet Union countries, and since I heard and read many great reviews about the beauty of Georgia which is a country that has deep roots in history and very interesting culture and traditions, choosing Tbilisi as a destination to visit was not a difficult decision to make at all.
I spent 3 nights in Tbilisi where I truly enjoyed the charm of the city and the hospitality of Georgian people. It’s true that I saw only a tiny glimpse of this amazing country but I still believe that the experience I had there is absolutely worth sharing.
In this short blog, I will share with you my impressions about Tbilisi hoping that it will inspire more people to consider visiting Georgia someday.
A stroll along the river in a sunny day
In a beautiful fresh and sunny day, we had a nice walk along the river. The sun was shining and everything looked absolutely magnificent. Luckily, the sun decided to show up in my birthday so I couldn’t ask for more…
Cable car to the Mother Georgia statue
The Mother Georgia statue is located on a hill overlooking the city. As you can see from the photo below, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city from there.
Old Town of Tbilisi
Tbilisi has a charming old town that is full of beautiful stone paths, traditional shops, authentic restaurants and cafes and even wine houses! You can spend hours there wondering around the beautiful paths.
Georgian cuisine is one of my favourites
Basically, everything I tried in Georgia tasted great! Georgian food is truly delicious and it’s one of my favourite cuisines. You can easily gain a lot of weight if you spend a lot of time in Georgia.
Funicular to Mtatsminda Park
Mtatsminda Park is a hilltop amusement park features rides, cafes and a beautiful view of the city. You can enjoy a nice Funicular ride to reach the park. It was nighttime when we went there so I wish had more time in Tbilisi to visit this place again during the day. There’s a very good restaurant up there called Funicular Restaurant which I highly recommend.
Tbilisi at Night
Tbilisi has its own magic at night and it’s considered by many as one of the best nightlight destinations in Eastern Europe. I went to a cool place where a singer was performing Georgian songs and the music sounded to me like a mix of Turkish and Arabic, which is not my cup of tea when it comes to music 🙂 .
Georgia is a relatively small country with a population of 10 Millions. The country is young as it restored its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union about 30 years ago. However, the country has ancient history and traditions and a very delicious cuisine. Georgia saw a huge tourist boom in the last few years and its on the way to become a major tourist destination in the region.
I had a very short time in Georgia and I only managed to see a small part of Tbilisi. I am sure that Georgia has more to offer such as beaches, ski resorts, ancient churches, wineries, and much more. I truly hope to visit Georgia again to explore all that.
People in Georgia are friendly and hospitable. They are famous of knowing how to enjoy life (They love to drink a lot of wine and they love to party and sing) and they are very generous. Nowadays, there are more young people who speak English in Tbilisi while old generation speak Russian in addition to their native Georgian language.
The country is generally affordable, which is another great reason to visit it. For a fraction of the cost in Western Europe or North America, you can truly enjoy a world class experience in Georgia.
I stayed in an Airbnb apartment and it was clean, stylish and affordable. I love to stay in Airbnb when I travel so that I feel that I am more connected to the city I am in. About transportation, I used Yandex taxi app (just like in most other ex USSR countries) and it was reliable and affordable. There’s a good public transportation system in Tbilisi that is reliable and cheap though.
About the best time to visit, it’s really difficult to say. Tbilisi and Georgia in general are popular in the summer but it can get really hot and crowded. Winter time can be grey and even cold. I was there in December and it was nice and sunny and had no issue with the weather but in my opinion, a better time to visit would be between April and June and September to October. If you are interested in beaches and you want to visit Batumi then summer is obviously the right time for your trip. If you want to visit a ski resort, then December to early March should be the best time to visit it.
That’s all I can say about Tbilisi for now. Don’t forget to leave a comment if you have any questions.