Tbilisi is a small, quaint city in Georgia (the Country, and not the state in the U.S.A) neighboring Turkey to the South West and Armenia to the South. Tbilisi and its neighboring cities offers some great sites, plenty of places to walk around, some beautiful landscapes and most important of all, some great food.
Over the past few years, Tbilisi has transformed itself into a very tourist-friendly destination. The city has a great metro system that will take you to most of the popular sites quickly. If you do wander off to a place where the metro is not easily accessible, there are plenty of taxis around too. Just make sure you haggle, as a lot of the taxi drivers tend to jack up the prices if they know you’re a tourist.
One of the popular areas in Tbilisi is aptly named Old Tbilisi which starts right after you cross one side of the Bridge of Peace. Old Tbilisi is filled with restaurants, cafes, and other small stores . The sidewalks are made of cobblestone and its the perfect place to see some of the old Churches and Synagogues of Tbilisi
Churches and Synagogues
Tbilisi does not have a shortage of museums and one that I enjoyed a lot is the Georgian National Museum. It’s located opposite the Liberty Square metro station, so its pretty easy to get to.
If you’re willing to spend some time on the road, there are plenty of amazing areas around Tbilisi that offer amazing sights. Mtskheta is one town about 30-45 minutes drive away.
Gori, Georgia. The birthplace of Stalin
Gori is about 90 kilometres from Tbilisi and it’s the birthplace of Stalin. The Joseph Stalin Museum has paid tour guides that will walk you through Stalin’s childhood and describe his rise to power. The museum has tons of artifacts and memorabilia from all phases of Stalin’s life.
Uplistsikhe Cave Town
Uplistsikhe is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and is worth visiting just to get an aerial view of the fields and trees below. As you drive to Uplistsikhe, the scenery changes a few times but each time it does, the trees seem to get a big greener and the clouds, a bit denser.
So there you have it. If you’re looking for a quick, cheap getaway with tons of rich history and some amazing weather, Tbilisi might just be what you’re looking for. The history, the friendly people and the amazing food makes Tbilisi a must visit.