Georgia (in Georgian: საქართველო/Sakart'velo)

Interesting facts about Georgia

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Country – Mtskheta

One of the most interesting historical facts about Georgia, apart from its spectacular landscapes, hidden caves and medieval churches; is its several UNESCO World Heritage sites. It includes the ancient capital city of Mtskheta, Jvari Monastery built in 4th century. Other sites include huge cathedral complex of Bagrati and Gelati and the mountainous region of Svaneti.

Europe’s highest settlement in Georgia – Village Ushguli

Ushguli has a wide collection of ancient villages situated in the mountainous region of Svaneti. It is recognized as the highest settlement in Europe, at about 2,100 meters (6,900 ft) above sea level. Its stunning landscapes, remarkable cuisine, indigenous traditions and reach hospitality, Svaneti is the must see destination is Europe.

The language & writing system

​No one speaks the Georgian language except for Georgians.The Georgian language is one of the oldest in the world. It has its own alphabet and differs from any other language.

Georgian alphabet is one of the 14 unique scripts in the world! The oldest Georgian script was found on the wall of the Georgian church in Palestine in 428-432 AC. During its existence, the alphabet has undergone three major changes: Asomtavruli, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli. Each of them has its own graphical style. Asomtavruli is the oldest alphabet. Its manuscripts date back to the 1st century BC. The samples of the Nuskhuri script are found from the 9th century. Mkhedruli is a modern Georgian alphabet, and we have the examples from the 11th century. The alphabet has 33 letters and does not have capital letters and looks like this: გამარჯობა (gamarj'oba) - hello. 

Georgia is a top destination for snowboarding and skiing

Georgia is one of the best choices for those who love snowboarding and skiing. With more than 10 meters of snow every year, and home to the Winter Olympics in 2014, this place is renowned as the best skiing destination in Georgia.Skiing & snowboarding in Georgia is going through an exciting period of expansion.

Ski resorts:

  • Gudauri – the international resort for everyone

  • Mestia – far-away freeride paradise

  • Goderdzi – intermediate freerider

  • Bakuriani – kid-friendly and more local

Georgian cuisine

Georgia has an abundance of interesting and delicious food. It plays an important role in Georgian culture. Most Georgian dishes are made with numerous kinds of cheese, meat and walnuts. Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread) and Khinkali (Big, meaty, slurpy soup dumplings) are two of the most popular dishes that foreigners as well as locals (of course) enjoy! Georgian food won't make you any slimmer, because it's filled with delicious heavy ingredients and tastes so hearty and yummy, but it will make your journey a lot more enjoyable.

Georgians LOVE guests! They believe that a guest is a gift from God. At every Supra (traditional Georgian feast) guests are welcomed with open arms and locals delight in feeding newcomers loads of traditional treats.

It’s the cradle of winemaking.

Georgia has been producing wine for at least 8,000 years and is considered to be the birthplace of the beverage. UNESCO has listed the traditional Georgian winemaking method – in a clay jar called a Qvevri – on its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. The wine is fermented in a Qvevri, which is filled with grape juice and sealed with a wooden lid. The sealed jar is then buried under ground to ferment and follow a natural process of wine-making.