About Celebrations – Mtskhetoba – Svetitskhovloba

Dancers at the Mtskhetoba - Svetitskhovloba celebration

Mtskhetoba – Svetitskhovloba (Georgian: მცხეთობა-სვეტიცხოვლობა) is an annual festival held on October 14 in the town of Mtskheta (Georgian: მცხეთა). The festival pays homage to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Georgian: სვეტიცხოველი) and is also a celebration of Mtskheta itself. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral stands on the site chosen by St. Nino as the place for the first church in Georgia. … Continue reading

About Tourism – Promoting Tourism in Georgia in the 1970’s

Tourists visiting Tbilisi in 1974

During the Soviet era, Georgia was the “Riviera of the Soviet Union”, with 3 million visitors annually. Georgia appealed to tourists because of its sunny weather, its culture, wines and food, health spas, beaches and skiing. Tourism was centrally planned and the market was monopolized by Intourist, a state owned tourism agency that arranged all holiday … Continue reading

About Wine – “Wine City” at Tbilisoba 2014

A selection of wine at Tbilisoba.

As part of Tbilisi’s 2 day Tbilisoba 2014 celebration (Georgian: თბილისობა), a “Wine City” was set up in Rike Park and the city’s residents, visitors and tourists were able to sample a range of Georgia’s fabulous wines and spirits. Georgian farmers produced 155,000 tonnes of grapes this year. From January 1 to September 30, Georgia exported 42.8 … Continue reading

About Events – Tbilisoba 2014

Autumn fruits and vegetables at Tbilisoba 2014

Tbilisoba (Georgian: თბილისობა) is an annual October festival, celebrating the diversity and history of Tbilisi. First held in 1979, the festival entertains Tbilisi residents, visitors and tourists with live music, traditional dance performances, flower and fruit displays, sports and fishing competitions, art and craft exhibitions, an auto show, and food and wine. The festival is centred … Continue reading

About Events – Rustavkalakoba

Rustavkalakoba 2014

First celebrated 13 years ago, Rustavkalakoba (Georgian: რუსთავქალაქობა) is an annual festival celebrating the city of Rustavi (Georgian: რუსთავი) in the Kvemo Kartli region. It was held this year on October 19-20.               Photos courtesy of Rustavi City Hall. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news … Continue reading

About Sights – Autumn Colors in Bakhmaro by Levan Sikharulidze

Autumn colors in Bakhmaro. Photo by Levan Sikharulidze.

A series of beautiful photos by Levan Sikharulidze capturing autumn colors in Bakhmaro (Georgian: ბახმარო) in Guria region. At over 2000 meters above sea level, Bakhmaro (Georgian: ბახმარო) is the highest alpine climatic resort in Georgia.             Beautiful Bakhmaro! CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about … Continue reading

About Art – The Dry Bridge Art Market in Tbilisi

The Dry Bridge Art Market in Tbilisi

The open air art market near the Dry Bridge in Tbilisi is the city’s unofficial art bazaar. Here you can find paintings, sculpture, beautiful carvings, exquisite icons, pottery and fabrics. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.

About Sights – Borjomi Aerial Tramway

Borjomi Aerial Tramway

Opened in August 2005, the Borjomi ropeway connects Borjomi town with the mountain above. Borjomi (Georgian: ბორჯომი) is a resort town in the picturesque Borjomi Gorge in south-central Georgia, famous for its mineral water industry. The aerial tramway journey takes just over 3 minutes and provides spectacular views of the town and Borjomi Gorge. The … Continue reading

About Sights – Signagi

The town of Signagi. Photo by Roberto Strauss via Flickr.

Situated on steep hills overlooking the Alazani Valley and facing the Greater Caucasus Mountains, the town of Signagi (Georgian: სიღნაღი), in Georgia’s easternmost region of Kakheti, is a popular destination for tourists. In recent years, the town has been transformed by reconstruction and building. The town is known for its carpet weaving, wine production, metal … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Mariamoba

Gergeti Trinity Church (Georgian: წმინდა სამება). Photo by Roberto Strauss via Wikimedia Commons

August 28 is Mariamoba (Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin) (Georgian: მარიამობა) in Georgia. It is one of the greatest holy days and Orthodox Christians will visit a church, pray and light candles. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of … Continue reading

About Sights – The Highest Restaurant in Svaneti

Zuruldi is the highest restaurant in Svaneti

Situated at a height of 2340 m, the Zuruldi restaurant near the town of Mestia is the highest restaurant in Georgia’s Svaneti region (Georgian: სვანეთი). The restaurant is a popular venue for visitors to the Hatsvali Mountain Ski Resort. The views from the restaurant are breathtaking. How to get there? By car or minibus from the … Continue reading

About Sights – Kintrishi Protected Areas

Arch stone bridge at Kobalauri village.

The Kintrishi Protected Areas (Georgian: კინტრიშის დაცული ტერიტორიები) are located between the Black Sea and the mountain system of Achara-Imereti in the gorge of the Kintrishi River in Georgia’s Ajara region. It consists mainly of mountains and gorges covered with forests of beech, chestnut, hornbeam, oak, and silver fir. Kintrishi Protected Areas covers 18 893 hectares and consists … Continue reading

About Sights – Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Panorama Trail in the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Covering more than 85,000 hectares of native forest and alpine meadows, the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park (Georgian: ბორჯომ-ხარაგაულის ეროვნული პარკი) in central Georgia is one of the largest National Parks in Europe. In Medieval times the area covered by the park was used by Georgian nobles for hunting. The park was created with the support of the World … Continue reading

About Architecture – Contemporary Styled Restaurant at Sataplia

Restaurant at the Sataplia Nature Reserve

The stunning, contemporary styled restaurant at the Sataplia Nature Reserve in Tskaltubo district, near Kutaisi (Georgian: ქუთაისი), in Imereti region was designed by Georgian architects “TOURBILLION”. The Sataplia Nature Reserve was set up in 1935 to protect the five caves and dinosaur footprints found in the area. Sataplia means ‘place of honey’. The restaurant, together … Continue reading

About Sights – Chachuna Managed Reserve

Chachuna Managed Reserve

Established in 1965, the 5200 hectares Chachuna Managed Reserve (Georgian: ჭაჭუნას აღკვეთილი) is located near the border with Azerbaijan in the south-eastern part of Georgia. The landscape is mainly arid and semi-arid but also contains a wetland area. Wildlife watching, botanical, photographic and environmental tours can be arranged and visitors can rent a tent and sleeping … Continue reading

About Sights – Mtirala National Park

Mtirala National Park

Established in 2007, Mtirala National Park (Georgian: მტირალას ეროვნული პარკი) is situated in Georgia’s Ajara region, between the Black Sea and the western part of the Adjara Mountain Range. Covering 15,698 hectares, the park was created to preserve the Colchic type of mixed beech, lime, chestnut, alder and hornbeam and beech forests. With an average … Continue reading

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