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Discovering the Magic of Summer in Tbilisi: My Top Reasons to Love the Season

Dear curious traveller

Are you thinking about spending the summer in Tbilisi, Georgia? I wanted to share the reasons why I love summer in Tbilisi. 

Are you an expat, thinking of relocating to Tbilisi for the summer, or a culture-curious traveller?

As the summer sun stretches lazily across the sky, Tbilisi transforms into a city where time seems to slow down. The summer heat settles like a gentle embrace, enveloping the city in its warmth and infusing every corner with a sense of calm.

In the heart of Old Tbilisi, where ancient cobblestone streets wind their way through historic Tbilisi neighborhoods, the summer heat takes on a character all its own. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the rhythm of life becomes more leisurely, inviting you to embrace the slower pace of the season.

There's a certain magic in the air during the summer months in Tbilisi. From the bustling markets overflowing with fresh fruits and aromatic spices to the shaded courtyards where locals gather to escape the heat.

One of the most delightful ways to beat the summer heat in Tbilisi is to seek refuge in the city's green spaces. Whether it's strolling through the leafy parks that dot the landscape or finding a quiet spot along the banks of the Mtkvari River, there's no shortage of places to retreat from the sun and savor the unhurried beauty of the season.

Of course, no summer in Tbilisi would be complete without indulging in the simple pleasure of sipping a cool drink on a shaded terrace or enjoying a leisurely meal alfresco. As the day gives way to evening and the heat begins to wane, the city comes alive with the sounds of laughter and conversation as friends and families gather to share meals and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are 10 popular things you can explore during summer in Tbilisi:

  1. Old Tbilisi (Abanotubani): Wander through the historic streets, soak in the atmosphere, and explore the ancient sulfur baths. It's a great place to start your Tbilisi adventure.

  2. Narikala Fortress: Take a cable car ride up to this ancient fortress for panoramic views of the city. It's especially beautiful during sunset.

  3. Rike Park: Located near the fortress, Rike Park is a lovely green space along the banks of the Mtkvari River. It's perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. You can easily walk to the above places from our Baitshi Home, visit here to find out more.

  4. Mtatsminda Park: Ride the funicular to the top of Mtatsminda Mountain for amusement park rides, stunning views, and delicious food at the various restaurants and cafes.

  5. Turtle Lake (Kus Tba): Escape the city heat and head to Turtle Lake, a peaceful reservoir surrounded by lush greenery. You can swim, rent paddle boats, or simply relax on the shore.

  6. Lisi Lake: Another beautiful lake located on the outskirts of Tbilisi, Lisi Lake offers hiking trails, water sports, and a serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  7. Botanical Garden: Explore the diverse flora at the Tbilisi Botanical Garden, which also offers picturesque walking paths and great views of the city.

  8. Open Air Museum of Ethnography: Located on a hillside overlooking the city, this museum features traditional Georgian architecture and offers insights into the country's rich cultural heritage.

  9. Fabrika: This trendy urban space is housed in a former Soviet sewing factory and features cafes, bars, art galleries, and shops. It's a popular hangout spot for locals and tourists alike.

  10. Dry Bridge Flea Market: Browse through a variety of antiques, artwork, and Soviet memorabilia at this lively flea market, which takes place daily on the Dry Bridge.

These spots offer a diverse range of experiences, from historical and cultural attractions to natural beauty and urban exploration, making Tbilisi an exciting destination to visit during the summer months.

So as the summer heat settles over Tbilisi and the city takes on a slower, more relaxed pace, I invite you to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of this enchanting season. Whether you're exploring the winding streets of the Old Town or simply watching the world go by from a sidewalk cafe, may your summer in Tbilisi be filled with moments of joy, serenity, and endless wonder.

Tbilisi is fun, keep exploring

Tamara Machavariani Forrest-Smith

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