Freeride and history
Let’s start in Gudauri. To get to this freeriders’ Mecca, you have to land in Tbilisi or Kutaisi, and then go by mini-bus or taxi. On your way from Tbilisi to Gudauri you should definitely make a stop at the Ananuri fortress which was an important outpost on the road leading from the Daryal Gorge in the 16 – 18th centuries.
On the way from Gudauri to Tbilisi is the first capital of Georgia, Mtskheta, a small town of great historical and spiritual signifi cance. Georgia’s Christianization started there, and you can view magnifi cant frescoes in the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. It is also recommended to head up to the Jvari Monastery and enjoy the stunning views of the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. You will love it!
Tbilisi is Tbilisi… Winter is a perfect time to visit the sulfur baths, museums, take a look at Niko Pirosmani’s art pieces in the National Gallery, visit the Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theater, drink a glass of wine in the 18-19th century cellars, admire the architectural charm of the city, and have fun in clubs and bars. Winter is not a sleepy season: winter is a season of fun and relaxation!
Gentle Slopes, Fresh Air and Healing Water
If you don’t feel too confi dent on skis or snowboard, but still want to spend your holidays in the mountains, visit Bakuriani and Borjomi. In Bakuriani you can improve your skiing skills or simply breathe the winter pine air, drink mineral waters, taste pine cone jam, and take a trip to Borjomi for a spa treatment. The incredible nature and tranquility of these resorts will make your winter vacation relaxing and beautiful!
Apart from these activities, Bakuriani is great for holidays with children. They will defi nitely have fun learning to shijor, sledging and playing in the snow!
Conquer the Mountains and Explore the History
Hatsvali and Tetnuldi in Svaneti are relatively new ski resorts for Georgia. This mountainous region is one of the most authentic and true to tradition. The highest, the steepest and the most beautiful peaks of Georgia are really very impressive and that’s why Svaneti attracts so many mountain lovers.
The medieval Svan towers which used to serve as a shelter for families during invasions, are now included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The treasury of Svaneti Museum of History displays a wide and unique collection of the wealth of Georgia, having been preserved in these remote areas for centuries.
Photo : Gela Megrelidze
Photo: Gela Megrelidze