Georgia’s capital Tbilisi has been named on a list of 21 lesser-known European cities that guests must visit.
The list, titled ‘European cities you never thought to visit – but probably should’ was compiled by The Telegraph and explored 21 destinations that were off the beaten track.
Tbilisi was a “city finally coming into itself,” wrote the article’s author Claire Allfree.
Named among other locations including Tavira in Portugal, Skopje in Macedonia and Treviso in Italy, Tbilisi was selected for its rich cultural experience and architectural delights.
She writes: “These days, its fine Art Nouveau buildings and pretty, traditional balconied houses are what some would call shabby chic: if any city needed a good lick of Farrow and Ball, this one does. Yet new hotels and shopping malls are springing up and gentrification is under way in its more historic districts. Determinedly looking towards Europe, Tbilisi feels like a city finally coming into itself. In other words, get here fast before everyone else does.”
Katie Melua, the singer, is another fan – it is, after all, her childhood home. “It’s steeped in history – the Old Town, with its twisting alleys, is particularly fascinating,” she says. “It’s a city that’s very much off the beaten track. Not many tourists have been there, which makes it all the more worth visiting.”