South Ossetia

Where is South Ossetia?

  1. Approximate Population of South Ossetia: 710,275


Have you ever heard of South Ossetia Travel Guide? If not, don't worry. In fact, if you have had any other dealings with travel guides in the past, this is one thing you can look forward to. In the next few lines I will briefly outline some of the things you need to know before visiting this region.

Travel Guide to South Ossetia is divided into two parts. The first one talks about the historical aspect of the region and the second one covers everything you should know about current day life in South Ossetia. Both are very interesting read and provides a lot of information on places, people and things to do.

A lot of people choose to go on holiday in regions like these because they offer an endless amount of fun and entertainment. And for all its appeal, South Ossetia is situated in an area that doesn't get a lot of tourist traffic. This means that things are pretty quiet most of the time.

You may think that all the scenery in the region is pretty. Well, there is one thing for sure: It's got a lot of it. A large portion of South Ossetia is covered in pine forests. To make the best use of these landscapes you can easily hire a cab in any of the many cities in the region. As for the natural landscape of the region, there are literally hundreds of mountains in all directions.

In case you happen to come across a nature trail, don't be afraid to follow it. There are a number of beautiful places in and around South Ossetia to explore. One of them is Planina portieres. This horseshoe-shaped lake offers you a good view of the surrounding area as well as the village of Velia. Other excellent places to visit while you're on holiday in this region include Pisky, Kvarner and the Lindt caves.

As a guide for tourists, I can say that accommodation in South Ossetia is not too difficult to find. Many inns, guest houses and bed & breakfast establishments can be found throughout the region. However, if you want to save more money, it would be better if you could find your own accommodations. Fortunately, it is not that hard to find such rental homes or apartments. All you need to do is to check out the various travel guides available in the market and you should have no problems at all finding the right place to stay.

It is very important that you stay off the beaten path when traveling in the region. The roads in this region are mostly unpaved and bumpy. This is why the majority of guides for this region recommend avoiding travelling in the summer months or during the rainy season. In addition, during the winter months, travel in this region should be done with utmost care because of the possibility of ice and road accidents. The worst weather conditions in South Ossetia are usually in the month of February and in April. So it would be best to avoid travelling during these months unless of course if you really want to experience a unique travel experience.

If you are on a tight budget, you can always try to cook meals on your own. There are many affordable restaurants in the region where you can easily prepare your meals for the day. But to make sure that you will have delicious food, you should buy ingredients from market stalls. This way, you will have an idea on how much food you need to prepare for the day. As you can see, being a resident of South Ossetia is not that hard once you know how to use the resources available to you. So start browsing the Internet and check out a reliable South Ossetia Travel Guide today!

Hotels in Tskhinvali


Tskhinvali is the capital of South Ossetia

Tskhinvali has an approximate population of around 32,180 people and you can typically expect to pay around £3.00p for an equivalent pint of lager or beer.

The Tskhinvali Mountain is considered one of the highest peaks in Russia. It is also one of the most beautiful and photogenic places in Russia. It's located in the far north of the country, in the region of Arkhangai in the Tver republic. The height of this mountain is 725 metres. And according to local legend, when the Russian monarch Tsar Alexander the Great came to visit it, he was greeted by a majestic winter scene of the Tskhinvali Mountains which stretched across the whole northern region of the country.

When the Black Sea merchant seamen decided to build a new harbour in the middle of the Tskhinvali Mountains, they asked the local inhabitants of the region to construct a town around the harbour, in an attempt to make it a tourist attraction. And to this day, the town of Tskhinvali is a thriving metropolis - it has its own airport and railway network and the city has a busy port. There are many resorts in the region, some of them quite old and others of a modern vintage, and many of them are dotted around the harbour area. Most of them have small fishing boats and summer houses on the piers, where the local men socialise and have a great time.

The town of Tskhinvali itself is an old quarter and it is built on the slopes of the Kaspachy Mountains. But because of the popularity of the resort, a number of hotels and restaurants have mushroomed there, catering for all tastes and budgets. The most popular hotels are those situated on the piers, next to the sea. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars and a number of fine shops. The Tskhinvali Restaurant offers a special cocktail on ice, named after the hotel itself. Other fabulous restaurants in the area include the Golden Bar, the Black Sea, the Escape Club and the Dorokkok restaurant.

What vaccinations do I need before travelling to South Ossetia

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to South Ossetia are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel to South Ossetia?

For up to date information around safety and security in South Ossetia read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for South Ossetia.

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Best time to visit?

The best time to visit South Ossetia is during summer

Festivals in South Ossetia

In South Ossetia, the Republic Day is a holiday with special significance to the people. The people fought for independence for over 20 years and have since gained independence in complex ways. Each holiday has its own interpretation and meaning, and each citizen approaches it differently. On Republic Day, tables are set and cheerful pledges are made, and the festive atmosphere is felt throughout the entire country. You can experience the unique culture of South Ossetia by visiting the town.

The Day of the Republic is the biggest national holiday in South Ossetia. In recognition of the day, the 14th session of the Council of People's Deputies of South Ossetia adopted a document transforming SOAO into SODR. In a recent interview, the press secretary of President Leonid Tibilov, Ghana Yanovskaya, and Maya Harebova, head of the State Committee for Information and Press, Office for Development of Media and Information Technology, and Public Affairs, discussed the importance of the holiday in a country which is still under the Russian flag.

The Independence Day is celebrated on September 20. The nation was recognized as a sovereign state by Russia in 2008. In addition, the state's day-long celebration of the Day of the Republic marks the end of a period of conflict between Russia and Georgia. During the day of the Republic, the population celebrates their nation's independence and the achievements of its people. The Day of the Republic is the largest national holiday in South Ossetia.

Festivals in South Ossetia include New Year's Eve and Independence Day. The Ossetians prepare for the holiday well in advance. The family sits around the table and makes a variety of traditional dishes. The elder of the table prays for good luck and success in the New Year. This holiday is celebrated in the city of Rekom, a town located in the northern region of the country.

Another popular holiday is Tarandzheloz. This holiday marks the day the country gained independence from Georgia in 1990. In 2008, the Russian government recognized the South Ossetia as a sovereign state. The city celebrates the Day of the Republic with various cultural events. There are also a number of religious events. Its most important national festival is Independence Day. The capital's streets are decorated with festive lights and decorations.

The Independence Day is also an important holiday in the country. On September 20, the Day of the Republic in South Ossetia celebrates the day of the Republic. The 14th session of the Council of People's Deputies of South Ossetia's government has adopted a document transforming SOAO into SODR. Earlier, it was the day of the Kahtsganan, the birth of a boy. He is considered the protector of the family, and so he should be celebrated with dignity and joy.

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South Ossetia Tourist Attractions

A few Historical Sites in South Ossetian cities have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most are built by the Russian Orthodox Church. Others were built by Muslims. The churches are located at the center of the region. There are no international organizations able to visit these historical sites. In fact, these sites are not even open to the public. But, they are open to tourists.

There are also several archaeological sites. One is the Uastrydzhi Mountain, which is home to an important mountaintop shrine dedicated to the patron god Uastrydzhi. A few historical sites are near the sanctuary. The Dzivgis site features all types of crypt burials, from above-ground to semi-underground. Some are even larger and multi-tiered tombs that buried whole genera. Each crypt contains a window or square hole for light to enter.

The Dzivgis Dzuar is the oldest building in the country and is a cult monument of Ossetian architecture. It is a monument dedicated to the patron saint Uastirdzhi and is the oldest pagan temple in the area. The Dzivgis Dzuar was originally a Christian church and was later converted to a pagan temple. The ruins date back to the 13th to 14th centuries.

Do I need a Visa?

South Ossetia does not issue visas. However, visitors are required to receive approval from the South Ossetian government in advance of their visit unless they are citizens of an exempt country.

See which forms you may need for entry into South Ossetia.

What currency do i need for South Ossetia?

The official currency of South Ossetia is the Russian Ruble (RUB). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in South Ossetia you can grab amazing Russian Ruble deals via Wise.com (GBP to RUB).

What wildlife live in South Ossetia?

Edible dormouse, Northern birch mouse, Striped field mouse, Eurasian pygmy shrew, Lesser noctule, Red fox, European mink and Moose

What is the traditional food of South Ossetia?

Ossetian food? Ossetian food, a Caucasian cuisine similar to but significantly different from Georgian cuisine, is delicious. Be sure to feast on Ossetian pie, a dish similar to khachapuri, but with meat and mushrooms instead of cheese.

What Languages are spoken in South Ossetia?

Ossetian is the spoken and literary language of the Ossetes You can learn some basic Ossetian before you travel to South Ossetia and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip in South Ossetia?

The currency in South Ossetia is the Russian Ruble (Tipping is very common in Georgia. According to my experience we tipped the guide and driver and they were happy. The amount of the tip depends how satisfied).

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