Of course I would love to have amazing weather 365/365 a year, but Georgia is way too diverse, and the weather in its different regions can significantly differ. If you happened to travel here and wake up to a rain or cold day, don’t be upset. This situation can also bring you positive emotions.
The most obvious option is to check weather forecast and go to any place, where it is sunnier or dryer. One-day trips from Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Telavi, Kvareli, Sighnaghi and Batumi are possible. If you are in a small town or village in the nature – Mestia, Borjomi, Akhaltsikhe, Ambrolauri, Omalo – keep calm, eat, drink wine or local herbal tea, try spa procedures if you are in Borjomi or surroundings and distract yourself from rush of the world.
Though, some Georgian places offer quite a few possibilities to spend your time indoors without eating and drinking coffee (we also count it for very obvious). Let’s see what you can do.
Many people still think that Batumi is a place to go to the beach and eat khachapuri. But there are also cultural places to visit!– Batumi Art Center – located a bit far from downtown, this magnificent new building is a space for exhibitions, concerts and workshops.
– Spend your rainy days eating delicious food, peaking into photo albums and reading the books in lovely artsy book cafes: Gardens, BK, Ci Gusta or Books in Batumi
– Wine tasting is always an option. Try rare wines from small farmers in the specialty bars as for example BQ or Wine Room.
– Apollo cinema – why not going to the movies on a rainy day?
– Contemporary Art Space Batumi – visit photo exhibitions, see works of contemporary artists or be lucky to get into one of the workshops or cultural events.
– Ajara State Museum of Art is a home to the paintings of the Georgian artists of XIX-XX centuries (Pirosmani, Kakabadze, Akhvlediani). Check out their website for temporary exhibitions. Once they also hosted Picasso’s works!
Once a capital of the Kingdom of Colchis, now Kutaisi is a transport hub and a post-industrial city surrounded by UNESCO sights and amazing protected areas. Though you will be surprised by the fact that you can spend the whole day in its museums! The entrance is not expensive at all (1-3 lari). The local museums will give you deeper understanding from the place where you are.
– State Historical Museum houses the objects from IX – VIII centuries BC to our days. Bronze Age, Byzantine era, Soviet epoche… Trace the history of this amazing region step by step!
– Kutaisi David Mkheidze Photo-Cinema Chronicle Museum – experience life of Imereti region captured by various photographers.
– David Kakabadze Kutaisi Fine Art Gallery – Georgian cherish their artistic heritage. Get to know famous painters of our country in Kutaisi!
– Vani Archaeological Museum – gold and bronze items from several centuries BC are kept in this modern museum. If you are able to drive a bit outside of Kutaisi, you should get to Vani: it is one of the archaeological hotspots of Georgia!
– Sataplia and Prometheus caves – again, if you are able to take a car and get to one of those caves, just do it. The weather inside is always the same: +14 and healthy air, as the doctors say. And amazing, breathtaking underground landscapes!
This little Kakhetian town is famous for wine and nature, so if you are there and the weather is not good, make an attempt to get into one of the most famous wine factories, be it Wine Tunnel of Khareba or Kindzmarauli factory in the very city center. Take a tour and taste traditional Georgian wines!Also you can try to get into Kvareli Lake Resort or drive longer to Kvareli Eden or Lopota Lake to spoil yourself with spa services there.
If you are in Sighnaghi, and rain doesn’t let you admire fantastic view over Alazani valley from the old city walls, it’s ok. You can go to the wine tasting to one of the cellars or see archaeological, ethnographical and cultural treasures of Kakheti and the whole Georgia in the Museum of Sighnaghi.
How to visit several places at one time? I have created a shuttle service Donkey Express for that. Every Tuesday and Thursday the bus is taking the passengers to Telavi, Gremi, Kvareli and Sighnaghi. The excursion to Kindzmarauli Wine Factory and a tasting there is included. The price is 85 lari.
And finally, we are in Tbilisi. Our first tip will be to check the main museums:
– National Museum with its collection from Dmanisi, where the first European species of Homo were from, with its golden treasury and Museum of Soviet occupation too.
– National Gallery that houses permanent exhibitions of the Georgian painters of different centuries and hosts temporary exhibitions of Georgian and international artists every 2-3 months.
After you are done with this, go to the famous sulfur baths in the historical Abanotubani district or at Lisi Lake. Your body will be grateful!What else can be done in the capital?
– Check out the fashion shops and galleries, have a coffee or a drink, work in a co-working space or attend a workshop in the Impact Hub of Fabrika, the coolest multifunctional space in the city;
– Attend a free lecture or workshop at Tech Park, Kiwi Cafe or Book Cafe Begemot;
– Spend several hours reading, eating and drinking in Biblus Gallery, Prospero’s Bookshop or Books at Bakhtrioni.– Combine your dinner with watching Georgian dances at Tabla or listening to amazing polyphony in Old City Wall restaurant;
– Try Georgian craft beer and interesting varieties of strong local drinks in Black Dog Bar. You can play dice with a bartender to get a free shot!
– Go watch movies in English in Amirani or Cavea East Point (find the tickets and program at kinoafisha.ge;
– Go to the theaters where you won’t need to understand Georgian: Gabriadze Theater, Movement Theater, Pantomime Theater;
– Hack the secrets and escape from the quest room in Brain Drain;
– Learn more about the world around in Experimentorium.
I wish you a great mood and lovely memories about Georgia, whatever the weather will be!