5 fascinating experiences that await you in Tbilisi

24 July 2019

Tbilisi is the captivating capital of Georgia. Its cobblestoned old town echoes a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its eye-catching architecture ranges from Eastern Orthodox churches to ornate art nouveau buildings to Soviet Modernist structures. Towering over it all are the Narikala fortress and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the “Mother of Georgia”. If you hadn’t considered this stunning capital as a holiday destination before, let us give you five fascinating experiences that await you in the Georgian capital!

Try utterly mouth-watering cuisine

georgian traditional food

Georgia’s most recognisable dish, khinkali, is somewhat of a hybrid between Russian pelmeni, ravioli, and Chinese soup dumplings. Simple water-and-flour dough parcels are stuffed with various meat and non-meat fillings –popular favourites include potato and cheese, and Mountanier-style with pork and veal – before being boiled. Watch the locals, and you will see there’s an art to eating khinkali: After dousing the plate with black pepper, it’s customary first to grab the dumpling by its doughy peak, bite a small hole in the side and slurp out the juices. It’s impolite to eat the knobbly bit of dough though, so just leave it on your plate. Why not go on a food tour and see exactly how the Georgians eat?

Stroll over the Bridge of Peace

bridge of peace tbilisi georgia

The relatively newly-built Bridge of Peace is definitely the attraction one wouldn’t want to miss in Tbilisi. It is a pedestrianised glass and steel bridge in a bow-shaped design that sits over the Mtkvari (Kura) river in the downtown area of the Georgian capital. Officially opened in May 2010, the bridge was brought to Georgia from Italy in 200 unassembled components. Interestingly, the bridge is 156 meters long and has more than 10 000 LED bulbs built-in; these are switched on daily 90 minutes before the sunset, though the view from the bridge is impeccable any time of day!

Spend a day at an amusement park

amusement park in tbilisi georgia

Mtatsminda Park is a famous landscaped park located at the top of Mount Mtatsminda overlooking Tbilisi. The park has carousels, water slides, a roller-coaster, funicular, and a big Ferris Wheel at the edge of the mountain, offering an incredible view over the city.

Sit back and watch the world go by

freedom square tbilisi georgia

Head to Freedom Square, located right at the centre of Tbilisi, full of life, street performers and iconic landmarks.  Whilst there, grab a coffee and watch the day roll by.

Refresh your knowledge

georgian national museum

Keen to learn more about Georgia? The Georgian National Museum, open daily except for Mondays, unifies several leading museums in Georgia. The various collections and exhibitions provide audiences with inspiration and knowledge of the remarkable worlds of culture, art, science and education. Evidence of the oldest human existence in Eurasia can be found here! 

Flying from Malta to Tbilisi has never been so easy! Take advantage of Air Malta’s new direct flights to Tbilisi this summer and get ready to explore this magical land brimming with a rich history, charming architecture and delectable cuisine. Book your flights to Tbilisi today!

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