Tbilisi is the capital city of Georgia, situated on the Mtkvari River in the southeast of the country. It’s also sometimes known by its former name, Tiflis. An estimated 1.5 million people live here, making it the largest city in Georgia. Tbilisi is the cultural, economic, and political hub of Georgia. Neither fully European, nor fully Asiatic, the city is a blend of its historical influences.
Throughout Tbilisi’s history, it has hosted a diverse array of ethnicities, cultures, and religious backgrounds. But today, its population is mostly Eastern Orthodox Christian.
Best Time to Visit
Summers can get hot and stuffy in Tbilisi with averages of 20°C – 31°C (68°F – 90°F). It can be unpleasant to maneuver public transportation options in the heat, waiting on the streets and cramming into buses. Most locals who can afford to, retreat to the mountains or coastal resorts in the summertime. If you do visit in July or August, you can at least take advantage of watermelon season!
As summer turns to fall, the leaves change colors, the heat breaks, and umbrellas are dusted off. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Tbilisi. Weather can range from sunny to rainy, but overall the temperature is much more pleasant with an average of 7°C – 27°C (45 °F – 81°F). It begins to drop off considerably in November.
October, in particular, is a great time to visit Tbilisi because you can partake in Tbilisoba, a birthday celebration of the city. It’s usually celebrated the first weekend of the month and features open-air concerts, national foods, wine, and traditional song and dance.
Winters can be damp and cold. There usually isn’t too much snowfall though except in the mountains.
April – June are the wettest months in Tbilisi with an average rainfall of 5.5 cm (2.2 in). The temperatures are pleasant though and the rain helps clear away the air pollution. This makes for very lush foliage including the blooming of cherry blossoms in the Botanical Garden and surrounding countryside. Spring is also peak season for many fruits and vegetables which only further elevates Georgia’s amazing cuisine. You can catch many celebrations in the spring as well including Orthodox Easter, the New Wine Festival (early May), and Georgia’s Independence Day (May 26).
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