Tbilisi and Georgia
Beautiful landscapes, the Great Caucasus Mountains, subtropical zone of the Black Sea, rivers and waterfalls, cave towns, resorts and mineral springs, urbanized cities and settlements, as well as traditional Georgian hospitality make Georgia a great country for tourists.
Georgia is a fabulous ancient country, an eternal enigma for foreign visitors, one of which was Jason together with his Argonauts, who escaped the wrath of the King Ayetes together with beautiful Medea and The Golden Fleece. Time cannot change spirit of adventure that awaits you in this mystical land, where East meets West and you admire natural interlacing of oriental mystique and western elegance.
The famous Silk Road route goes through Georgia, connecting Europe with Central Asia. It is a place, which you cannot avoid to visit, and then you cannot forget it. This country inspired many famous poets, composers and artists. Outstanding landscape varying from the Caucasian mountains to the Black Sea resorts, observing Orthodox churches on the tops of the hills, rich woods and mineral springs, will leave an unforgettable joy of touching ancient history and great culture.
Many travelers begin exploring Georgia with a visit to Tbilisi. Tbilisi is Georgia’s historic capital city, and has been the capital since the 6th century A.D. It was named for the hot springs that abound in the area, as the word “Tpili” means ‘warm’ in Georgian. Tbilisi is the largest city in the country, with over one million inhabitants and is situated in the beautiful Mtkvari River Valley. Being a main cultural, industrial, and social center of Georgia, it typifies the blend of cultures seen across the country, with a mix of architectural styles and inhabitants.
The city rises in terraces from both banks of the Mtkvari. In the old section are medieval buildings and courtyards, narrow streets, overhanging balconies, and the famous hot sulfur springs. The rest of the city has been extensively modernized.
The city's climate is influenced both by dry (Central Asian/Siberian) air masses from the east and humid subtropical (Atlantic/Black Sea) air masses from the west. There are all four seasons in Tbilisi with relatively mild winters. The average winter temperature in Tbilisi is 5 °C (41 °F) and average temperature in summer is 22°C (72°F).