A Day in Tbilisi, Georgia

Posted on 15 November 2018 (0)

Tbilisi is one of the most charming destinations in the world. The city is located in Eastern Georgia on both sides of the Mtkvari River. It is the capital city of Georgia and has a population of about 1.5 million. Here are some of the major attractions to see within a day.

Walk around the old town

The Old Town district is located on both banks of Kura River and is shadowed by the imposing Narikala Fortress, Mount Mtatsminda and the Kartlis Deda monument. The cobblestoned old town depicts a drawn-out, complicated history, with times under Russian and Persian rule. The town is characterized by a web of narrow streets with old brick-built houses each having wooden balconies. Entryways lead to concealed courtyards. Some sections have undergone a complete facelift so that some boulevards appear like a Disney movie set although a good number of these dizzying walkways remain untouched. They are dilapidated and cracked but charming and real at the same time. The architectural style of the old town is a blend of two influences, the narrow streets of an Arabic or Asian township entwined with Art Nouveau, European, and ancient Russian architecture.

Enjoy a Sulphur bath

The popular Sulphur baths are found in Abanotubani district right in the middle of Tbilisi old town. Long ago, the King of Georgia unearthed the sulphur springs in heart of Georgia and opted to carve out a city encircling them. That’s how Tbilisi came into existence.

Today, the sulphur springs are a popular tourist attraction and droves of people visit every day for a soak, scrub or massage inside the domed roofs. Visiting the sulphur baths is a must-do, especially if you visit Tbilisi during the colder months of October to March.

Apart from the relaxing benefits, sulphur baths are also acclaimed for treating skin conditions like dry scalp and eczema. They are also believed to help with digestion problems, arthritic joints, and even sleeplessness. There are several bathhouses to visit and prices differ based on the room quality and services offered.

The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi

If you’re a Christian, Tbilisi has no shortage of churches and in fact, you’re never far from one when walking in the city. In particular, the imposing sight of Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi will definitely catch your attention. The cathedral was just completed a couple of years ago, so it does not boast of a long history as plenty of the other churches in the capital. However, what makes Holy Trinity Cathedral stand out is its striking architecture.

Aerial Cable Car

Launched in 2012, the aerial cable car travels from the sound end of Rike Park across to Narikala Fortress. Take a ride on the cable car and enjoy panoramic views of the city from huge, clear windows of the car as you head to the top of the hill. The trip lasts for several minutes and with such fantastic views to take in, the ride goes extremely fast.

Apart from the abovementioned attractions, there are plenty of other attractions to sample if you’re staying in Tbilisi for a day.