Natural wonders

The untouched beauty of Georgia is magnificent, and the perfect choice for travellers looking for an unforgettable nature holiday off the beaten path.

With the most stunning vistas in the world, including breathtakingly beautiful lakes, mountains and valleys.

Georgia has been one of the best-kept secrets in the world until now. But all that’s changing, and Georgia is ready to take its rightful place as one of the best places in the world to escape into nature. And luckily for visitors, the Georgian people are both passionate about preserving the natural beauty of their extraordinary homeland, and proud to share it with travellers, who have been flocking to the country in recent years.

Over the last century, Georgia has been committed to preserving their natural assets, and have protected vast swathes of the landscape by turning it into nature reserves and national parks. The result? Hundreds of thousands of hectares of virtually untouched wilderness, just waiting to be explored and enjoyed by anyone lucky enough to visit.

Georgian outdoors
Georgian outdoors
Georgian outdoors

Multi-day treks are an excellent way to experience the landscape during the warmer months and to get an in-depth feel for the dazzling natural beauty of Georgia. While there are many different options, one of the most popular routes is a four-day trek from Mestia to Ushguli. It’s perfect for amateur hikers who want a challenge or those who are more experienced and confident taking on a medium difficulty route.

The path takes you through several traditional Svan villages, where you can experience traditional Georgian hospitality in some of the many guest houses. Between the awe-inspiring views and the tasty local dishes (cheese-lovers should be especially excited), this is the ideal way to start your trip.

If you’re on a tight time budget and can’t commit to the full four-day trek, there are many scenic and rewarding hike options available that can be completed in a day. One of the best for experienced hikers is the memorable journey from Stepantsminda village to the Gergeti glacier, which takes you past the picture-perfect Gergeti Trinity Church.

Other excellent options include the charming route from Mazeri to Mestia through Guli pass, with stunning views of Ushba mountain, the path from Juta to Roshka via the Chaukhi Pass, and the hike from Svaneti to Racha for the hikers looking for an extreme challenge.

The mountains in Georgia are equally spectacular in winter as they are in summer when skiing and snow activities take center stage. There are several ski resorts to choose from, including Gudauri (the country’s leading resort), Mestia (with its longest ski run), Goderdzi (paradise for the free riders) and Bakuriani (all difficulty levels, great for beginners and families), and they all offer excellent value, as well as exciting terrain to explore for all abilities.

For a less strenuous experience, head to the beautiful city of Batumi, perched on the edge of the Black Sea. This seaside resort offers impressive views over the water and pretty pebbled beaches that are ideal for enjoying the sun throughout the warmer months. While you’re here, don’t miss the Batumi Botanical Garden, which has one of the most diverse ranges of flora and fauna in the world. It’s perfect for a day trip and even offers camping facilities, should you want to spend more time exploring the 11-hectare site.

For more relaxing outdoor fun, visit nearby Tsvermagala Park, which is one of the best natural parks, boasting a mixture of wild areas and landscaped grounds – perfect for a half-day outing with a picnic.

Then from mountains and botanical gardens by the sea, your next step is a boat ride along the astoundingly beautiful Martvili Canyon in the Samegrelo region of Western Georgia. Grab a packed lunch and your swimming costume, because spending a full day to enjoy the jaw-dropping waterfalls and crystal clear water is highly recommended. Tobavarchkhili Lake, a little further north, is also a spectacular area to visit, especially for keen hikers and campers.

For truly unforgettable vistas head to the Tusheti region in the far northeast of the country. This wild and beautiful area is only accessible during the summer months via a twisting dirt road that is widely considered to be one of the most dangerous and difficult to navigate in the world. But you’ll be well rewarded for your bravery with breathtaking views of untouched alpine scenery.

Finally, for hikers with aching muscles or anyone wanting that extra level of relaxation and pampering, look no further than the Tbilisi Sulphur Baths. Tbilisi is built on natural hot sulphur springs, and this area of the city is filled with traditional bathhouses, where you can soak in the healing waters and enjoy a therapeutic scrub and massage.

Whether you’re in the market for an adventure in the mountains or want a more relaxed approach to your nature holiday, the beautiful and welcoming country of Georgia is the perfect place to find your way in the great outdoors.

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