Known for its ancient architecture. Omalo (Photo: ShutterStock)
A vacation in Georgia is an extraordinary experience. The special country located in the Caucasus region offers its visitors everything from everything; Breathtaking landscapes with snowy mountains, green valleys, endless areas, history, antiquities, unique food, a wide variety of attractions and of course countless ancient villages where time seems to have stopped. Planning a vacation in Georgia as part of an organized Pegasus tour or independently? These are the three villages you should not miss.
View of Stefanzmunde
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Stefanzminda, also known as Kazbegi, is a beautiful town located in the north of the country, at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains. This picturesque destination has become increasingly popular among tourists in recent years due to its stunning natural landscape, rich history and unique culture.
What to do in Stefanzmunde?
Gergeti Trinity Church: One of the most iconic sites in Stefanzmunde is the Gergeti Church, which stands at 2,170 metres above sea level. The church, built back in the 14th century, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of the local residents.
The walk to the church is just as impressive as the church itself; Those who decide to visit it can choose between a leisurely stroll of 2-3 hours among the charming views of the area, or a ride in an SUV, up the steep mountain road that leads to the magical destination.
Gudauri Ski Resort
Skiing and winter sports: Throughout Georgia there are quite a few ski resorts, suitable for all levels. In almost every city in the country you can find one ski resort or another, but Gudauri, Stefanzmunde's ski resort, seems to be the most special of all. On site, besides slopes for all levels, there is also a restaurant, café and countless attractions for children.
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in the popular ski resort has an advanced lift network, boasting a variety of slopes suitable for skiers of all levels, from beginners to professionals. The ski season usually lasts from December to April, during which visitors enjoy a variety of different winter activities - from skiing and snowboarding of course to snowmobiling, sledding and even paragliding.
Stefanzminda Markets: Looking for a taste of local Georgian culture? Stefanzmunde's markets are exactly what you need. Throughout the village there are quite a few lively markets, where you can find dozens of different stalls of local residents. Local vendors offer unique delicacies, different fabrics, special spices and more.
What can be found in the various stalls in Stefanzmunde's lively markets? Apart from souvenirs and various crafts, the markets have a colorful variety of fresh produce and traditional Georgian delicacies, from fresh honey, through homemade wine to special fabrics and wood carvings.
Breathtaking view of the Caucasus Mountains. Omalo (Photo: ShutterStock)
The special village of Omalo is located in the Tusheti region, also in the breathtaking landscape of the Caucasus Mountains. It is surrounded by steep cliffs, gorgeous landscapes and flowing streams. The village is known for its ancient architecture, including huge medieval towers and traditional stone houses.
What do you do in Omalo?
Tour of the village: One of the most interesting things to do in the area is a tour of the village itself, which provides visitors with a rare glimpse into the past, and the lives of the local residents, who continue to maintain the way of life to which they have been accustomed since childhood. Apart from ancient houses and historical buildings, the village also has cute little souvenir shops and quite a few small restaurants offering traditional Georgian food.
There is no shortage of things to do in the picturesque village of Omalo, but one of the most iconic landmarks in this magical place is undoubtedly Kislev Fortress, built back in the 16th century, which helped the locals defend themselves against invading armies.
Starting point for the surrounding treks. Omalo
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The Village Museum: The local museum located in the heart of the village has many artistic exhibits by the residents of the area. In addition, you can find changing exhibitions showing the traditional way of life in the village, including clothing, old utensils and antique household items.
The museum is housed in a traditional building that has been carefully restored to reflect the architectural style of the area. The exhibitions are presented in a series of rooms designed to recreate the atmosphere of a traditional local house, with furniture, special decorations and designs characteristic of the local residents. One of the highlights of the museum is its collection of textiles and traditional clothing, which offer a fascinating insight into the complex weaving and embroidery techniques that passed from generation to
generation of Omalo treks: besides peace and quiet, landscapes and history, the village serves as a starting point for the surrounding treks. From here you can reach some of the most beautiful spots in the area, whether it is hiking, cycling or guided horseback riding in the surrounding mountains.
One of the most popular treks in the area is the Omalo-Kislo trek, which takes hikers through some of the region's most spectacular landscapes. The trail winds its way through traditional villages, ancient fortresses and stunning views of the surrounding valleys and peaks. The best time to trek in Tuşti is from mid-June to mid-September, when the weather is mild and the trails are open.
Some of the ancient buildings have been preserved to this day. Shatili (Photo: ShutterStock)
In the 12th and 13th centuries, the village of Shatili served as a fortified compound, the purpose of which was to protect the locals from various attacks by the inhabitants of the area. Some of the ancient buildings have been preserved to this day, which is one of the reasons many tourists come to visit it, to learn up close about the history of the local residents. Unlike other villages in the area, Shatili has quite a few restaurants and even pubs during the summer months.
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Shatilova Festival: Every year in September, the village hosts the Shatilova Folk Festival, which marks the founding of the village. During the festival, locals produce local beer and various activities are held, including an ancient religious ceremony during which the village elder greets passersby.
If you are looking for an immersive cultural experience in Georgia, do not miss this special festival, during which you can also enjoy live music, traditional dance performances and fine Georgian cuisine, including Khinkali and Khachapuri of course.
Views and quiet. Saplings
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Horse rides: Like other villages in the area, seedlings also offer organized horseback tours to the surrounding valleys, allowing you to get a glimpse of the spectacular views of the village. The tour includes in-depth explanations and light refreshments, and this is one of the most enjoyable attractions in the area.
This enchanting village has several horseback riding options of varying difficulty. There are shorter day trips and longer excursions, which take several days. One of the region's most sought-after horseback tours is called "Beretta Seedlings" – a three-day excursion that takes visitors through some of the area's most beautiful landscapes, including stops at traditional villages and ancient forts.
Shatili's pubs: In the summer months only, the village changes – the snow disappears, the green color returns, the various ski shops scattered around the village close, and authentic pubs open in their place, serving local beer and tasty Georgian snacks.
In Shatili pubs you can find a diverse audience - from residents of the village who come to sip beer at the end of a working day, through residents of the area, who come especially to tourists, of course, who get a rare opportunity to experience the local routine in a unique way.
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