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Turtle Lake | კუს ტბა

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Why locals love it

Tbilisi summers are hot, so finding a watering hole and somewhere to get down to the swimsuits is essential, especially if you can't get over to Batumi. Turtle Lake (or Kus Tba in Georgia, which is how taxi drivers know it) is one of the closest and best places for this.

Why you should visit it

Being just up Vake Park, it's relatively easy to get to and it's quick. There's also a place to have lunch and drinks up there as well. And swimming - though the best watering holes are a hotly debated topic here.

Special tip

It's a steep incline to get there, so just take a taxi.

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Turtle Lake is located in the region of Vake-Saburtalo, on the height of almost 700m. It's situated on the left cliff of Mtatsminda, towering over the Vake Park and the Ethnographic Museum. Once there were many turtles, this is how the lake got its name. They are still there, but not as many as before. Turtle Lake is a nice place for walking, rest and sports training. The lake gets waters of the mountain river Varaziskhevi .There are cozy cafes, playgrounds for children, sports grounds. You can ride on catamaran, swim and sunbathe, or walk along the cliffs where you get the fascinating view of the city.Is a popular place for fans of hiking.
June 28, 2019
Easy way to depart from city to nature.
April 6, 2019
Mature, many cafe, fresh air
September 29, 2018
I wouldn't quite call it a lake. More like a pond as it is so small. Nice place to relax away from the city for a bit though. We walked up from Vake Park and it was a slightly tiring, but interesting walk.
August 15, 2018
Fun recreation spot, especially for families. Paddle boats, cafes, shady paths to walk, lots of nature, and great people watching
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March 11, 2017

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