15 Incredible Natural Landscapes in Georgia That Should Be on Your Bucket List

The Martvili Canyon is considered one of the most picturesque natural wonders in Georgia
The Martvili Canyon is considered one of the most picturesque natural wonders in Georgia | Courtesy of Georgia Tourism

Diversity reigns in the landscapes of Georgia. The west has lowland marsh and temperate rain forests, swamps, permanent snow and glaciers, while the east has a small portion of semi-arid plains and dramatic mountain ranges dominate the skyline. The result? Some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. If you’re ready to explore, here are the most picturesque natural landscapes in Georgia.

Alazani Valley

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The Alazani Valley, in the Kakheti region, sits 200m-470m (656ft-1,542ft) above sea level. Mountains surround this 160km (99mi) long valley from both sides and the best way to enjoy the spectacular landscape is to visit the town of Sighnaghi, situated 790m (2,592ft) above sea level. From there, you’ll get panoramic views of the valley and the Greater Caucasus mountains.
The town of Sighnaghi offers panoramic views of the Alazani Valley | © Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock

David Gareja Monastery Complex

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This rock-hewn Orthodox monastery in the Kakheti region is set on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja and borders Azerbaijan. It was founded by one of the 13 Assyrian monks who spread Christianity throughout Georgia in the sixth century. The area around the complex – including the nearby Mravaltskaro Colorful Mountains – is incredible, and offers beautiful views of the desert and canyons.
The magnificent David Gareja Monastery Complex is located southeast of Tbilisi in Kakheti | Courtesy of Georgia Tourism

Abudelauri Lakes

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The Abudelauri Lakes are three distinctly coloured bodies of water near the village of Roshka in Khevsureti. You can set aside a whole day to hike between the three – which are appropriately named the Blue, Green and White lakes – or you can take it easy and pitch up a tent by the Green Lake.
The Blue Lake is part of a colourful collection of waters known as the Abudelauri Lakes | © undefined undefined / Getty Images

Gergeti Trinity Church

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The impressive Gergeti Trinity Church – often named among the most beautiful churches in the world – sits around a 6km (4mi) drive outside the rather pretty town of Stepantsminda, in the northeast region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti. While the spired towers and ancient stone work are certainly picturesque, it’s the spot on the crest of a hill at the foot of Mount Kazbek that makes this attraction stand out.
Built in the 14th century, Gergeti Trinity Church has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful churches in the world | © Shutterstock

Black Rock Lake

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Looking for a wild adventure in Georgia? The Black Rock Lake is a natural beauty well off the tourist trail. It sits within an alpine region, and getting there will take a bit of planning. The journey involves a two-day hike (at least) through Lagodekhi National Park. But we guarantee your effort will be well rewarded with gorgeous views.
Reach the Black Rock Lake by hiking through Lagodekhi National Park | © Imagebroker / Alamy Stock Photo

Vardzia

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Carved into the side of Erusheti Mountain is Vardzia, a cave monastery complex dating from the 12th century. It was first founded as a fort by King Giorgi III, but his daughter Queen Tamar added the monastery complex to his original plans. It has 13 levels, 15 churches and around 400 rooms. In 1283, a large earthquake badly damaged Vardzia, but you can explore the (still remarkable) site today on a monk-led tour.

Explore the 12th-century monastic complex of Vardzia on a monk-led tour | © Nataliya Nazarova / Alamy Stock Photo

Martvili Canyon

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Considered one of the most impressive natural landmarks in Georgia, Martvili Canyon lies in the Samegrelo region. It has the emerald-green Abasha river running through it and plenty of splendid scenery to accompany a small – or long – hike. Alternatively, you can take a boat ride on the river and walk up to the waterfalls. The underwater world here is as beautiful as the on-land scenery, and there are plenty of diving opportunities for those keen to try some sub-aquatic exploring.
Martivili Canyon is one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in Georgia | © Shutterstock
Mestia is known to be one of the leading communities in the Upper Svaneti province | © Shutterstock

Tobavarchkhili Lakes

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Tobavarchkhili Lakes, Toba for short, is a lesser known destination only reached by a (sometimes gruelling) three-day hike. However, the scenery on your way there and back is well worth the effort. Located in the Samegrelo region, the lakes get their name from the Megrelian language spoken here – tobavarchkhili means silver lakes.
A three-day hike through the Georgian countryside will bring you to the spectacular Tobavarchkhili Lakes | © Jan Nedbal / Alamy Stock Photo

Ushguli

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In need of a get-away-from-it-all break? Head to remote Ushguli in the Svaneti region, a collection of four villages embraced by rippling mountains and jagged peaks. Recognised as the Upper Svaneti Unesco World Heritage Site, Ushguli is the highest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe. And from here, you can admire the highest summit in the country (and the third highest in Europe), Mount Shkhara.

Ushguli in northern Georgia is a must-visit for those in search of solitude and sensational mountain views | © Shutterstock
The village of Dartlo in Tusheti is best visited in the summer months | Courtesy of Georgia Tourism

Dashbashi Canyon

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The Dashbashi Canyon, home to a rich biodiversity, is formed by the Khrami river cutting through the Dashbashi volcanic plateau. The flora on the steep slopes of the canyon and impressive waterfalls have created several micro-landscapes and photo-worthy vistas. Better yet, it’s just two hours’ drive from Tbilisi.

The waterfalls of the Dashbashi Canyon in the Tsalka region are picture-perfect | © Yaroslav Mikheev / Alamy Stock Photo

Abastumani

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Abastumani, a small town on the Meskheti Range, is a perfect spot for a romantic break. The coniferous forests are gorgeous, but if you want an out-of-this-world view, visit the Astrophysical Observatory. It was opened in 1932 and built here to take advantage of the stable weather conditions and absence of air pollution. You can now visit the museum and gaze into space using the old telescopes.

The Astrophysical Observatory in Abastumani is hidden in the depths of the Georgian mountains | © Beka Mamukashvili/Shutterstock.

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Natural Feature, Park, Hiking Trail
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Borjomi-Kharagauli in the Lesser Caucasus is a vast national park with impressive landscapes along 12 well-marked hiking trails. And when night rolls in, you can stay in a local cottage or pitch your tent in a campsite. Be sure to try Borjomi mineral water, too, it’s said to have healing properties.
The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park has 12 hiking trails to explore | © alex9330/Shutterstock

Bakhmaro

Natural Feature, Hiking Trail, Architectural Landmark
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Bakhmaro is a small mountainous resort in the Guria region with dark pine forests and sun-dappled alpine meadows. Its unique climate of sea and fresh mountain air is said to have healing properties, while the untouched nature of its surrounds are a true treasure of the region. It’s also as great for skiing as it is for incredible sunsets, with powdery peaks and sensational views over almost the whole of the country, including the Black Sea.

The unique climate of Bakhmaro is said to have healing properties | © Giorgi Ebanoidze/Shutterstock

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These recommendations were updated on June 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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