Ureki Resort is a seaside climatic resort located in Guria region, on the Black Sea coast. Resort is popular from Soviet period, distinguished for its magnetic sand that is good for the treatment of heart and blood vessel system, respiratory and musculoskeletal organs and neurosis. Sea depth is not so high, so holidaymakers are mostly families with children.
Guria & Samegrelo , located in western part of the country are the coastal regions of Black Sea. Ancient territory of Kingdom of Colchis is Rich in cultural traditions and untouched natural beauty. Both regions have its unique and charming identity. Cultivation of citrus groves and tea plantations is highly developed in those regions, thanks to its favorable subtropical climate.
Guria is famous for its music and polyphonic singing; while in Samegrelo’s highlight is its cuisine, one of the delicious in Georgia, with its spicy foods.
Bakhmaro , located at over 2000 meters above sea level in Guria region, is the highest alpine climatic resort in Georgia. The mixture of sea and mountain air is beneficial for people with respiratory problems. From the forest covered mountains you can enjoy watching the sun set on the Black Sea. Here is the source of Bakhmaro bottled spring water, which is similar to Borjomi water in its chemical composition.
Tea Cultivation in Georgia
Georgian Tea is originated from China. Firstly, it was cultivated around 1830, by Georgian Price Miha Eristavi. While his travel in China, he has tasted the infusions of Chinese tea that has highly impressed him. Similarity of the subtropical climate of China and West Georgia has pushed him to bring seeds in Georgia and he has created the first tea plantations.
Distinguished by the unique flavour and health properties, Georgian tea has become extremely popular across the world. Western Georgia’s mild climate is ideal for growing ecologically pure, pesticide-free tea that has a unique taste, tender shoots and special aroma that is acknowledged as one of the best worldwide. Georgia supplied tea to the whole of the Soviet Union. After the fall of the USSR, many of Georgia’s plantations had been cut down or abandoned. Recently the Georgian government allocated resources for the restoration of tea plantations and existing plantations are being revitalized. Nowadays, approximately 90% of production is exported.
Dadiani Palace & Museum
For centuries, Samegrelo region was ruled by Dadiani aristocratic family. Dadiani Palace located in Zugdidi is one of the most breathtaking examples of royal architecture in Georgia. Except the Palace, the complex includes the museum, court church and the botanical garden. Among the highlights of the museum are one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s three bronze death masks (acquired via a marriage between a Dadiani princess and Napoleon’s nephew) and the vesture traditionally believed to have been worn by Virgin Mary.
Nokalakevi Archeological Site
Nestled by the picturesque river Tekhuri, Nokalakevi was occupying a strategic position and was one of the key fortresses guarding Lazika (modern Samegrelo) from Sasanian, Persian and Iberian (East Georgian/Kartlian) attack. Though the fortifications and structures, today in ruins, main part dates the 4-6th century A.D. There is evidence of several earlier phases of occupation from before the 8th century BC (late Bronze/early Iron Age). The Forty Martyrs Church, situated within the defensive walls of Nokalakevi, was originally built as basilica in the 6th century and after several reconstructions it has become a domed church.
Martvili Monastery Complex has a strategic geographic location from where most of western Georgia can be seen. In ancient times, here was the pagan cultural center and it was a sacred site. An enormous oak that was standing at this place has been worshipped as an idol of fertility and prosperity. Infants were once sacrificed here as well. After the conversion of the native population to Christianity, the ancient tree was cut and the late 7th century a church was constructed on the same place. The interior frescoes date of the 14th to 17th centuries.
Martvili Canyons are named after the nearby town of Martvili. The spectacular canyons, caves and waterfalls were formed over millions of years. The warm climate and the amazing nature are guaranteeing an unforgettable journey. Visitors can walk on a canyon by the boat and enjoy the breathtaking views.
A seaside resort located in Samegrelo Region was settled in the Middle Bronze Age. In the 16th century Anaklia was a relatively important fortress city, port and fisheries center due to its convenient location at the mouth of the Enguri into the Black Sea. Anaklia was already during the Soviet era a popular seaside resort. By 2010, under the government of Saakashvili, the renewal of Anaklia has started. Its unique location, mild subtropical climate and stunning sunsets, as well as the modern sculpture and architecture, has soon turned Anaklia into a top beach resort on the Black Sea. Every summer Anaklia hosts international electronic music festivals.
Kolkheti National Park
Located in western Georgia, Kolkheti National Park includes east coast line of Black Sea and Lake Paliastomi basin. It was created in order to protect and maintain Kolkheti wetland ecosystems of International importance. The site is perfect for bird-watching visitors; more than 190 species have been sighted in the park.