The heart of the Caucasus with diverse landscapes ranging from high mountain peaks and wine-growing valleys to Black Sea resorts. A wealth of ancient churches, cathedrals and monasteries, some recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

It may be small, but the diminutive country of Georgia punches well above its weight when it comes to tourism; here’s why you should visit Georgia.

  • Its mountain landscapes rival the best scenery in all of Europe and Asia – from Ushguli, Europe’s highest village, to the spectacular medieval settlements of the Caucasus Mountains, it’s worth making the trek up to Georgia’s higher altitude attractions.
  • The lowlands pack a punch too – from the forests and canyons near Kutaisi to the beaches of the Black Sea, it’s worth coming down to explore as well.
  • Stalin was born there – he might have been the Russian leader, but he was actually born in Gori, where you’ll find a museum dedicated to his life.
  • It’s the birthplace of wine – forget France or Italy, you can’t consider yourself a wine buff until you’ve tried Kakheti’s full-bodied red or a white Tsindali.
  • You can participate in a supra – the country’s traditional feasts are the perfect way to sample the delicious local cuisine ably assisted by the Tamada or toastmaster.
  • Soak in the capital’s thermal baths – Tbilisi gets its name from the word “tbili” meaning warm, and that’s because of the water. Head to Abanotubani to experience the Persian baths.
  • Its hospitality is legendary – where better to take a holiday than to a country which believes its guests are a blessing sent from God.

Known as the balcony of Europe, Georgia is located in Eurasia directly below Russia, on the southern slopes of the Caucasus mountains. Due to its location it has a rich culture influenced by both Byzantine and Persian influences. Also an Orthodox Christian country, it is abundant with ecclesiastical architecture with a rich history. The country has its own exotic architecture influenced by both surrounding continents, boasting a number of castles and other extraordinary structures influenced by the architecture of medieval Europe, Armenia and the Byzantine empire.

The people of Georgia are blessed with warm hearts and a kind nature that makes traveling to Georgia a fantastic way of truly experiencing an eclectic and welcoming culture.