The Best Things to See and Do in Georgia in Summer

The Shkhara Glacier, Svaneti, is located to the northeast of Ushguli – and is best visited in the summer months
The Shkhara Glacier, Svaneti, is located to the northeast of Ushguli – and is best visited in the summer months | © Luis Dafos / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Baia Dzagnidze
Writer13 September 2021

The summer months are the best time to visit Georgia if you’re looking for opportunities to travel across the country. Apart from visiting remote areas of Svaneti and Tusheti, hiking through the Lagodekhi National Park and visiting the Black Sea Coast, visitors can also attend the internationally recognised Black Sea Jazz Festival. During July and August the weather in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia gets hot, so a trip to the foothills of Mount Ushba or sports in the Gudauri Recreational Area might be the better option. Here’s a list of the best things to do and see in Georgia during the summer.

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Attend a music festival in Tbilisi

Tbilisi Open Air is one of the most popular music festivals in the country. Organised annually in the month of June, the festival’s main emphasis is electronic and rock music genres. Since 2009, the festival organisers have attracted well-known artists from all over the world to the stage, including Akvarium, Adriatique, Morcheeba and Beth Hart. The festival lasts from three to four days and is held outside the city centre. 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 house where Joseph Stalin was born is located in Gori, Georgia | © MehmetO / Alamy Stock Photo

The town of Gori is located just 86km (53mi) from Tbilisi, making it a great day trip 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 in.

Hike up to the Abudelauri Lakes

The best time to see the colourful lakes of Abudelauri is June and July | © Ana Flašker / Alamy Stock Photo

These lakes are famous for their three different colours: green, blue and white. Located in the Khevsureti region, near the village of Roshka, the lakes lie at 2,600m (8,530ft) 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.

Visit Gergeti Trinity Church in Stepantsminda

Located on top of a mountain, Gergeti Trinity Church is said to be one of the most remarkable churches in the world | © Duy Phuong Nguyen / Alamy Stock Photo

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

Go camping

Wild camping is unrestricted in Georgia | © Myron Standret / Alamy Stock Photo

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 part of your itinerary. There are plenty of possibilities for you to choose from, and Culture Trip’s guide to the 10 Best Places to Go Camping in Georgia will definitely help.

Enjoy some jazz at the Black Sea Jazz Festival

Dating back to 2007, the Black Sea Jazz Festival is held annually in July | © Specialpictures.nl / Alamy Stock Photo

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.

Visit some of the most beautiful lakes in the country

Black Rock Lake in Lagodekhi National Park lies on the border between Georgia and Russia | © Ana Flašker / Alamy Stock Photo

Georgia is known to be the country of beautiful mountains, but there are also many 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 – you won’t be disappointed. To help you out with your decision, check Culture Trip’s guide to 15 Stunning Lakes You Must Visit in Georgia.

Explore Martvili Canyon

Martvili Canyon is a beautiful natural canyon with a view of the Abasha River | © Volodymyr Goinyk / Alamy Stock Photo

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

Hike to the remote areas of Georgia

Hiking in the most remote areas of Georgia, such as in the foothills of Mount Ushba, offers countless opportunities to enjoy the spectacular scenery | © Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo

The 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 comfortably warm during the day. Georgia is a haven for hiking lovers, offering vast possibilities all across the country, including national parks, lakes and mountain glaciers. Do not worry if you are a beginner, there are many trails that are easy to conquer.

Do some extreme and adventurous sports

Paragliding is a popular activity in the Gudauri Recreational Area in the Greater Caucasus Mountains | © Marco Ramerini / Alamy Stock Photo

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

Travel to Svaneti and Tusheti

Dartlo Village Church in the Tusheti region is known as a Monument of National Importance | © Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo

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

Georgia’s prettiest region, Tusheti, should not be missed. The area is rarely visited by locals or foreigners due to the long and narrow, serpentine road that leads over the Abano Pass. Visiting the area does require a couple of days, and most visitors don’t have enough spare days to spend in 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.

The Svaneti region is one of the most ecologically diverse places in the country. Its ruthless beauty with medieval defensive towers overlooking each village will leave you mesmerised.

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