The National Geographic Names Svaneti among the World’s Best Tourism Destinations for 2021
The world’s one of the influential travel editions National Geographic has named Svaneti Region, Georgia, among the world’s top 25 tourism destinations for 2021 that travelers should visit in the post-pandemic period.
The information was released by the National Tourism Administration of Georgia. The 2020 slogan of the National Geographic amid the pandemic is: Dream Now, Go Later! Global editors of National Geographic have taken part in the selection process. The edition has named winners in five key categories: nature, adventure, culture, sustainability, and family.
On its portal, National Geographic has published Svaneti photos and gave a detailed description of the region. “A remote land of warm welcomes Located in the shadows of 15,000-foot peaks, the Svaneti region in northwest Georgia’s Caucasus mountains may seem forbiddingly inaccessible.
The rugged landscape bristles with medieval stone towers that doubled as dwellings and defense posts. These fortresses attest to a time when Svan families fought fiercely to hold possession of their lands in small villages and lofty settlements such as Ushguli.
Protected as the Upper Svaneti World Heritage site, Ushguli is one of Europe’s highest inhabited communities, at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. Due to its remoteness, Svan culture evolved over the centuries in isolation from the rest of Georgian lands, developing a unique oral-only language and traditions such as ritual beard cutting and blood feuds. Once infamous for lawlessness, the region is recognized today for its welcoming spirit. “Georgia is famous for its hospitality, but Svaneti is Georgian hospitality times 10. Parties, toasts, and alcohol are the order of the day,” the article reads.