As you might know, Caucasus is one of world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots, and Georgia is right in the heart of it. One of factors that explains richness in biodiversity is vast variety in landscapes and habitats. Sea shore, sub-tropical forest, swamps, highlands, mountain peaks (highest in EuropeÂ actually:mount Shkhara 5,201M), glaciers, caves (huge ones, many still unexplored), even small areas ofÂ arid and semi-arid landscape. There are still patches of pristine nature, quite difficult to get to and wildlife still preserved in numbers and diversity that is gone long time ago in the rest of Europe.
Cultural landscape is also quite remarkable – several modernÂ cities, sea shore and skiing resorts, numerous villages rich in agriculture. We take pride in our vineyards, every village has it’s own sort of wine and spirits. Herdsmen and shepherds still live the way they used to be centuries ago: Georgia is one of few countries in the world where transhumance is not only still alive, but is also the only way of livestock keeping.Â Castles and fortresses are everywhere, creating marvelous backstage for medieval action.
Some areÂ illustratedÂ below and we intend to keep this list updated, so keep in touch.
Highlands and glaciers
Semi-arid and steppe
Vashlovani National Park
David-Gareji Cave Monastery
Major cities are Tbilisi (capital), Batumi (Black Sea coast) and Kutaisi.