Everything in Georgia speaks about its greatness and cultural wealth of ancient people. Numerous monuments – cult structures of the early Christianity, ancient churches and monasteries hiding in the Caucasian Mountains are silent witnesses to its rich history. The unique landscapes of this part of the world: high mountains, rapid rivers, green meadows, the turquoise sea … eloquently “speak” about the rich nature… The generosity of the inhabitants of Georgia has become in best expressed by the saying “the Georgian hospitality” which implies a noisy cheerful feast with endless toasts and rivers of magnificent Georgian wines.
Everything in Georgia is unique, original and exotic indeed. It is the country of highly developed culture which evolved like a colorful mosaic for centuries before it has turned into the national asset of the country and can be compared only with Georgian native land so treasured by its people – beautiful, rich, long-suffering but proud and independent.
Georgians are very much fond of their country calling it Sakartvelo and consider it the heavenly spot on the earth. To prove this they even created an amusing legend: “When the God divided the Earth among the people, Georgians were late because of their traditional feast, and by the moment of their arrival the entire world had already been divided. When the God asked them to what they had drunk Georgians just answered:”To you, oh Lord, to us, to peace”. The God liked their answer. So told them that although all lands were taken, he reserved a small plot for himself and now he decided to give it Georgians. According to the God the land was incomparable in its beauty and all people would admire and cherish it forever.”
And it did come true: the beauty of Georgia is impossible to describe but sing about it. So Georgians prefer singing about the beauty of their land in their original harmonious songs.
The landscapes of Georgia are a unique mixture of all four seasons. The mountain tops are sparkling with snow, the autumn fog with rain and snow reigns in the foothills, in the river valleys there are spring flowers and fruit trees, and finally, hot summer – among evergreen palm trees on the Black Sea shore. It is not surprising that the fertile Georgian land inspired such great Russian classic writers and poets as Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy and many others.
The beauty of Georgian nature, the purest air, the unique coniferous forests, the beautiful mountain lakes, the Alpine meadows and healing mineral springs; sacred places – the unique monuments of early Christian culture, numerous resorts known all over the world – Batumi, Tskhaltubo, Sukhumi, Borzhomi, Gagra and many other things attract tourist from around the globe. All in all there are about 300 mountain, seaside, balneal and healing mud resorts in Georgia.
Georgia possesses a huge tourist potential. Just think about it – in the 1980s there came up to 4-5 million people a year! After the country gained its independence this figure was considerably reduced. It was connected with the political instability in the country. But today the troubles are over and Georgia is again opened for tourists and travelers from all over the world. The popularity of this destination is rapidly increasing and he projected number of visitors coming there will soon reach one million tourists per year.