The Best Things to See and Do in Georgia in Summer

Summertime | © W A T A R I / Unsplash
Summertime | © W A T A R I / Unsplash
Photo of Baia Dzagnidze
Writer5 June 2018

Summer months are the best time to visit Georgia if you’d like to have more opportunities for traveling across the country. Apart from visiting remote villages, hiking through national parks, and visiting the Black Sea coast, visitors can attend many international music festivals too. However, do note that it might not be a good idea to spend a lot of time in Tbilisi, as the weather in the capital gets quite hot during July and August. Here’s a list of the best things to do and see in Georgia during the summer.

Attend a music festival in Tbilisi

Tbilisi Open Air is one of the most popular music festivals in the country. Organized annually in the month of June, the festival’s main emphasis is electronic and rock music genres. Since 2009, the festival organizers have brought well-known artists from all over the world, including Akvarium, Adriatique, Morcheeba, and Beth Hart to the stage. The festival lasts from three to four days and is held outside the city center. It even has designated camping areas for those who’d like to stay close by through the whole event.

Go on a day trip to Gori

The town of Gori is located only 86 km (53.43 miles) from Tbilisi, making it a great day-trip to get away from the summer heat in the capital. The main reason to visit Gori is that it’s the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and features his house, which is now a museum showcasing important documents and facts about his life. You can even see the private railway carriage he used to travel by.

Stalin's desk at the museum | © DAVID HOLT / WikiCommons

Hike up to Abudelauri Lakes

These lakes are famous for their three different colors: green, blue, and white. Located in the Khevsureti region, near the village of Roshka, the lakes lie at 2,812 meters (9,225 ft) above the sea level. You can hike up to all three lakes within a day, but you’ll need to stay overnight either in the village or put up a tent at the Green Lake.

Blue lake of Abudelauri Lakes | @ Tai Dundua

Visit Gergeti Trinity Church in Stepantsminda

Another great location to explore in the summertime is the town Stepantsminda and its Gergeti Trinity Church, located 2,170 meters (7,119 ft) above sea level. Situated underneath the Kazbegi mountain, the area offers a picturesque scene of both the mountains and the church. You can take a small hike from the town toward the church, but you can also hire a delica taxi to take you up there.

Holy Trinity Church in Gergeti | © Baia Dzagnidze

Go on camping

If you are a camping fan, then you’ll love Georgia, as the country has no restrictions on where to put up your tent. However, do note that if you want those beautiful views of nature, you’re going to need to do some serious hiking. So backpacking, may be in your future. There are plenty of possibilities for you to choose from, and our guide to 10 Best Places to Go Camping in Georgia will definitely help.

Breakfast during camping in Lagodekhi | © Oto Evteev

Enjoy some jazz at the Black Sea Jazz Festival

In the month of July, the coastal city of Batumi gets quite overcrowded with locals wanting to listen to international jazz stars. However, the festival doesn’t only focus on jazz; it’s scope has expanded over the years and now brings world-famous soul, funk, hip-hop, R&B, and disco artists to the event. Macy Grey, Hugh Masekela & Band, Al Jarreau, and Kool and the Gang are just a few who have performed for Georgian audiences.

Overlooking the Batumi skyline and Mtsvane Kontskhi | © Jagermesh / WikiCommons

Visit some of the most beautiful lakes in the country

Georgia is known to be the country of beautiful mountains, but it also is home to picturesque lakes scattered all over the country. Depending on how many days you have to visit the country, you can definitely try to include one or two of those lakes in your itinerary. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. To help you out with your decision, check our guide to 15 Stunning Lakes You Must Visit in Georgia.

Sioni Lake | © Baia Dzagnidze

Explore Martvili Canyon

Known for its emerald green Abasha river, Martvili Canyon should be on your bucket list of the things to do during the summer. It’s one of the most impressive landmarks of the country located in the Samegrelo region. You can hike up around the canyon to enjoy beautiful lush nature, or take a boat ride on the river for a small fee.

Martvili Canyon | © Jami430 / WikiCommons

Hike to the remote areas of Georgia

Summer months are the perfect time to go hiking in the remote areas of the country, as the roads are clear from the snow, and the weather is nice and warm during the day. Georgia is a haven for hiking lovers offering vast possibilities all across the country, from national parks to lakes to mountain glaciers. Do not worry if you are a beginner, there are some trails that are easy to conquer.

Do some extreme and adventurous sports

Georgia is not all about mountains, hiking, and food. Adventure seekers can try some of the most extreme sports like parasailing, paragliding, and white water rafting to name a few. Usually, summer is the best time to tackle these sports and get a bit of adrenaline pumping.

White water rafting | © Chris Bartle / Flickr

Attend an electronic music festival in Anaklia

Another seaside town along the Black Sea, Anaklia hosts an electronic music festival called Gem Fest, bringing dozens of international artists to perform for local audiences. If you like going to music festivals and the electronic genre is your cup of tea, make sure to be there on August 9-12 this year.

Travel to Svaneti and Tusheti

The Svaneti region is considered to be one of the most rural areas of Georgia. The region has the ten highest peaks of the Caucasus, medieval defense towers, the highest settlement in Europe (Ushguli), and important museums depicting the life and culture of locals.

Village Ushguli in Svaneti | © Baia Dzagnidze

Georgia’s most charming region Tusheti should not be missed. The area is rarely visited by locals or foreigners due to the long and narrow, dirt, serpentine road that leads over the Abano Pass. Visiting the area does require a couple of days, and most visitors don’t have enough vacation days to spend on only one location. If you plan a few more days into your trip, you’ll be able to explore an area of Georgia that few get to see.

Village Dartlo in Tusheti | © Baia Dzagnidze

The region is one of the most ecologically diverse places in the country and has been enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. Its ruthless beauty with medieval defensive towers overlooking each village will leave you mesmerized.