The Georgian capital of Tbilisi has been named the safest place to travel in Europe in 2020 amongst the cities selected by European Best Destinations, a travel website developed to promote culture and tourism in Europe.
The travel website has also selected Georgian Black Sea town of Batumi among the destinations least affected by COVID-19.
The website notes that as Georgia is reopening its borders to travellers on July 1, it is also implementing a series of health measures to protect both its citizens and travellers ‘for a safe and relaxing holiday’.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry has tweeted:
European Best Destinations:”Georgia reacted very quickly with measures that kept the epidemic at an extremely low level. There are up to 260 times fewer cases of Covid-19 in Georgia than in the most affected European countries” https://t.co/XK9SoPc2Ep— MFA of Georgia (@MFAgovge) May 30, 2020
Promising that the ‘wow’ effect is guaranteed in Tbilisi, European Best Destinations says the Georgian capital is ‘stunning in spring and summer when nature wakes up and in winter with its thousands of light bulbs and Christmas decorations and market’.
Tbilisi is exactly what we need now: an open-minded destination, which mixes better than any other past, present and future, culture and leisure. The Capital of Georgia is more trendy than ever in 2020; it is the ideal destination for culture, gastronomy, diversity and architecture lovers”, it says.
Batumi was named ‘Europe’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination’ last year. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge
Calling Batumi ‘an extraordinary destination’ European Best Destinations notes that‘it’s impossible to get bored’ in the city, ‘which combines beach, relaxation, wellness, sustainable tourism, nature, trekking, leisure, shopping, culture, gastronomy, wine tourism and unique attractions for children and grown-ups’.
Batumi is a splendid mix of beautiful scenery, vibrant culture and legendary hospitality. It is the main city of Adjara and second largest city of Georgia. This beautiful city invites you to experience the contrast of historic ancient sites as well as modern lifestyle”, the website adds.
As the 63-day state of emergency came to an end in Georgia on May 23, the country is planning to resume domestic tourism starting June 15 and receive international tourists starting July 1.