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Things to do in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Church
“Amazing views from the Hill , where Bagrati Cathedral overlooks our town. It was built in 11th century as a symbol of United Georgia. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Church
“Residence of most powerful Georgian King David the Builder. Built in the first half of 12th century, one the most preserved Monasteries in Georgia. At that time Kutaisi was capital of Georgia, making Gelati as a centre of concentration religious and political power. 20 minutes drive from Kutaisi”
  • 8 locals recommend
Nature
“One of the biggest caves i Georgia. Walking trail about 1,400 meters, with amazing underground halls and paths. 30 minutes drive from Kutaisi, and 1 hour for sightseeing in a cave”
  • 10 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Martvili’s canyon, this historical, surprisingly beautiful place of Georgia. The canyon is on Abash’s river near the in the region of Mingrelia. This really tremendous place which everyone surely has to visit. The canyon is famous for the beauty and the facts of ancient years. In the territory of a canyon the hardened bones of animals who lived millions years ago, and also traces of paws of dinosaurs were found. It is possible to walk on a canyon by the boat and if to go on the top party, it is possible to reach 7 meter huge falls. The climate and the nature are amazing. It is crystal transparent, turquoise color canyon water constantly cold, even in the hottest summer day.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Natural reserve consists several sites of interest, like : Gallery of dinosaurs footprints, Glass bridge, Cave and walking trails througha forest. Takes about 1 - 1.5 hour. 20 minutes drive from Kutaisi”
  • 6 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Small church sheltered in a gorge of river Tslatsitela ( red river). Amazing views over an area and breathtaking surrounding gives you unique feeling of peace and beauty. It was built in the name of David and Konstantine, two brother tortured by Arabs for not accepting Islam. Church is located 15 minutes drive from Kutaisi.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Раньше красота и величие каньона Окаце была малоизвестной и труднодоступной для посетителей. Но с развитием туризма в Грузии, это творение природы облагородили и открыли для общего обозрения. Теперь здесь можно встретить много экскурсионных туров, путешественников и простых ценителей девственной природы. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Administrative Area Level 3
“This is a great spot for the nature lovers also if you’re not this is a must visit when visiting the region of svaneti! I assure you you’ll be astonished by the view!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“The most interesting place to visit in kutaisi, if you are going to taste a delicious food for joy .Highly recommended”
  • 5 locals recommend
History Museum
“The museum was established in 1936 and initially housed a small collection but in 1948 it benefited from an expedition to Svaneti, headed by the famous Georgian art historian Giorgi Chubinashvili, that collected illuminated manuscripts, icons and other antiquities from the Svanetian population and from Svaneti churches. The material collected by the expedition forms the core of the museum’s collection.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Diner
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  • 2 locals recommend
Theatre
“Выступления грузинских певцов и танцоров часто можно увидеть в программе драматического театра. Впечатления непередаваемые”
  • 1 local recommends
Shopping Centre
  • 1 local recommends
Premise
“Koruldi Lakes is a hiking, jeep, horseriding, skitouring etc area from Mestia. Jeepride may be hard and scary especially for foreigners so better to trust your legs. First of all, you should decide how much you would like to hike:  1) Just to Cross (viewpoint towards Mestia) its only 2 hr (2.5hr) hike 1 way (ascents) from 1400m to 2150m,    2) more relaxing 2 (2.5) more hours is to the Koruldi lakes (2750m). Here ordinary hikers route ends. 3) Then if you are crazy enough you can hike to the ridge 3400m to see the best views of Ushba summit. This is recommended only with guide and experience. Some sections are steep and harder so 3-4 hr more will be needed. from 1400 to 3400m of course I dont recommend hiking in 1 day up and down. I would suggest using car to the lakes then hike, or camping at the lakes, or sleeping in cloudbase hut which is near the lakes. Generally Koruldi lakes are justifying 1 important fact about alpine lakes – Reflection – double view of the mountains in the lake are better than the lake itself.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Premise
“Kutaisi Botanical Garden is located in the city of Kutaisi, on the right bank of River Rioni and because of its age and characteristic of planning, it is considered to be one of the important parts of the construction of the park and garden. It is one of the first points of introduction of subtropical trees and shrubs in Imereti.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“The most interesting place to visit in kutaisi, if you are going to taste a delicious food for joy .Highly recommended”
  • 5 locals recommend
Diner
  • 2 locals recommend
German Restaurant
Café
“Cafe laila is one of the most famous cafes in Mestia, lots of tourists and local people use to go there after tiring day, they offer delicious food and georgian folk music, dancing show at the evening.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is the place where everyone can listern music in live and eat very tasty food.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Here are some of the most delicious dishes, such as Khachapuri, Elarji, Gebjalia, etc. Tourists are very happy with this restaurant service.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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