Outdoor Activities

Cycling, hiking and other interesting outdoor activities in Georgia and other places.

I'm fond of hiking/trekking trails near Turtle lake in Tbilisi, I have done several routes, with my favorite being unaccessible anymore after the Tbilisi flooding in June 2015. See: Failed attempt to complete Tskneti - Turtle lake hiking route Now, since it was about a year since our latest hiking activities in Georgia, on a...
About a year ago I discovered very cool hiking route in Tbilisi, heading from Turtle lake to Tskneti town. The total distance for this route was about 7 km and it offered very spectacular landscape views. I have completed this route several times - last time together with my dad in May, 2015. At the start of...
A group of four Georgia Expat Photographer club members visited Borjomi on September 20, and we did a lovely hike here. I took my camera, Map My Ride app (great for recording trekking routes) and here is the result. During this route which took us some 3 hours we visited 2 lovely monastery sites, discovered an open...
Welcome to another cycling series post - this time about cycling in Latvian beach resort city Jūrmala. Actually it has been a while when I last time sat on my bicycle back in Tbilisi, Georgia. We headed to Jūrmala city just shortly after the 3rd Eastern Partnership Business forum which was held in Riga. We stayed...
The other day we took again our bikes and made a pretty lovely night ride in Tbilisi. From Old Tbilisi to Didube and back. For some reason my GPS tracker (MapMyRide) didn't worked properly, it missed at least first 2 km from this route. Another thing to mention -  I have a pretty bad camera for night vision shots back at the time I...
The other day in company of three we headed to Birtvisi Canyon for some hiking experience. It all started reading some info of a non-standard close to Tbilisi located destinations. And Birtvisi just popped up on this list. Turns out - there is a Birtvisi Fortress located somewhere in the middle of these canyons. I had never before...
In this article I have listed few interesting outdoor activities one (perhaps you) can perform in Republic of Georgia. Since soon it will be already four years since I have been living here, I have some thoughts what's cool and what's not.  I'm more hiking / cycling person, so you will find a few interesting hiking routes in...
I have been living in Georgia for already four years now. I have traveled around country much. See my travels in Georgia on map. Probably one of my most Favorite destinations in Tbilisi is Turtle Lake. In hot summer days I head here to do some work (most cases some Drupal development) or brainstorm new ideas. Though I started to blog...
Welcome to another hiking / trekking post in Tbilisi.  This time in a company of three we made a route from Turtle Lake - Round Garden (Eristavi street).  As warm weather is more approaching, I'm more into outdoor activities. So - last week we took our bikes and headed to Lisi lake. Speaking of hiking near Turtle lake - this...
Welcome to another cycling in Tbilisi post series. Today I will write about our latest cycling route near Lisi lake, will provide you with a cycling map and plenty of photos I managed to capture here. During this cycling route we discovered a few and very interesting places in Tbilisi I had previously barely heard, but never had...
Gudauri is well known as Georgian winter capital thanks to it's skiing infrastructure. But that doesn't mean Gudauri is expensive and those with limited budget can't have fun at Gudauri as well. Turns out - there are a dozen of option to enjoy winter activities absolutly for free. Honeslty speaking I was sursprised and that's the reason...
I believe one of my most favourite places in Tbilisi is a Turtle Lake (Kus Tba). I have been heading here pretty often, actually just a few weeks ago we did a shorter hiking route heading from Turtle lake to Vake Park. There are pretty many hiking trails around Turtle lake - if you are found of eco-tourism or just like me (us) are...
On a lovely and sunny Saturday morning we decided to take a hiking from Turtle's Lake down to Vake Park. First thing first. How to get to the Turtle Lake? Catch a Taxi, or call a taxi company. Personally I prefer taxi company with number 2 155 155. Drive to Turtle lake should cost you around 5 GEL. If you prefer to catch a taxi on...
This ride was an extended versions for ride I made a few days ago - Dinamo Arena - Dibude. And again - evening (night), with hopes there will be less people in the streets and less vehicles. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. Seems, Tbilisi never sleeps - and speaking of night cycling in this Caucasus city- it seems even more dangerous than...
Yesterday was a hot day, it was about 37 Celsius, and I offered to make a cycling after 9:00PM, but we agreed to ride at 7:00PM, at first we stopped for some chicken barbecue at 11 Katkha restaurant near Dinamo Stadium. It turned out - yesterday Georgian National Football team played against Kazakhstan, since our favourite restaurant is...
Some time ago we find some offer on Facebook offering rafting tour in Georgia for 2 days - on Mtkvari river. Tour included raft, safety wests, oars, overnight in tents. It sounded pretty good, and we decided to claim this offer. Said - done! Our rafting tour started Saturday morning from Tbilisi (minibuss waited for rafters next to...
Today was a great Saturday, we took our bikes and rode to Tbilisi sea and back. It was all day long (more than four hours) fun experience in very hot Summer day in Georgia. Total distance: 16.9 km, Climb: 213 m, Time: 4.30h, Feelings: Superb Route map When we finally reached Tbilisi sea - I was so exhausted...
Left Embankment of Mtkvari is one of the longest asphalt pavement cycling distances in city of Tbilisi - it stretches from Didube to Ortochala (passing Tbilisi Old Town). It is among the easiest routes as well.  For today's cycling assignment I decided to use section Marjinashvili - Didube - Marjinashivli from Left...
Left Embankment of Mtkvari is one of the longest asphalt pavement cycling distances in city of Tbilisi - it stretches from Didube to Ortochala (passing Tbilisi Old Town). It is among the easiest routes as well.  In today's Tbilisi cycling series post I'll share some photos from  Marjanishvili to Ortachala ride,...
First ride
Made first mountain bike drive this year, on December 23th. OK, not real mountain biking, just random wheels around Tbilisi city or more precisely just across Mtkvari river over Queen Tamar Mephe bridge and back. Here are some candid street photos from today's ride: Apartment blocks in Tbilisi New skyscrapers been built in Tbilisi...
I first met Giorgi from Georgian fishing tours back at the end of 2013, when we did a fishing tour at Jandari lake organized by his company. I noticed a free fishing tour offer on their Facebook page. I claimed that offer and I was the lucky to actually get a free fishing tour. Make sure you follow their Facebook...