Although Georgian history dates back some 3000 years, the country was only under Russian rule since the 1800s. It has its own main language, Georgian, which is still written in ancient script with its unique alphabet. Today, autonomy restored and calm with it with some exceptions, Georgia is one of Europe’s charming, most unspoiled secrets.
Situated south of Russia and north of Turkey, and while it’s somewhat of a challenge to get around the country due to the underdeveloped tourist infrastructure; it’s well worth the effort. The Georgian countryside is dramatically beautiful, with angular frosted mountains in the north, canyon-carved volcanic uplands in the south, and plains extending west to the Black Sea in between.
Georgia has something for everyone with different conditions spread over the altitudes and latitudes of this region. While coastal Georgia has a near tropical climate in summer, making it an attractive region, inland and down south things are much drier, with daily July highs averaging a fiery 31°C (87°F). Up north and at higher altitudes, things are much cooler. Winter consumes the entire country with freezing temperatures, even in the previously warm south and there is a surprising amount of rain year-round.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 4.6 million
LANGUAGE: Georgian, Russian, Armenian, Azeri
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +995
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +4
We do not recommend that you travel north from the M27 or west of the Georgian Military highway as there is also a risk of criminal or voluntary militia in the Akhalgori area.
Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk