You’ll be charmed by the picturesque local villages, characterised by their charming green yards with wooden houses, “kitchen-houses” and high barns for corn, displaying corn kernels spread out like beads and pumpkins drying the sun.
Today, music still plays a large part in local traditions and events, “Kalanda”, a fun and colourful local Christmas event, or the region’s grape-harvesting and winemaking. Involving the whole community. These events provide great entertainment for locals and visitors alike.
The wonderful, high, snowy mountains of Guria provide lots of hiking and walking opportunities, offering spectacular views for miles. Join a hike through the mountain forests for glimpses of the local wildlife, including bears, wolves, deer, martens, and bobcats. Fishermen flock to Guria for the amazing number and variety of fish in the rivers, with the likes of lamprey, sheatfish, perch, trout, and gudgeon. And if it’s adventure you’re after, these same rivers also offer great opportunities for rafting and kayaking.
This is a fascinating museum packed with archaeological collections of weapons, sculptures and currency from the Stone and Bronze Age right up to the 19th century. It even houses the sword of Napoleon.
Niko Berdzenishvili Chokhatauri Local Museum
With over 150,000 item, this is an extensive collection of local archaeological discoveries from Georgian, Roman, Byzantine, and Oriental history. With a vast range of weapons, including swords daggers and rifles, and an amazing collection of jewelry, utensils, currency and handwritten manuscripts and poems.
The Church of Archangels of Jumati
The Church of Archangels of Jumati Monastery, near Chokhatauri, was once the residence of the Archbishop of Guria. Of particular note is a medieval temple painted in the 16-18th centuries.
Askana Temple has had many alterations over the years: the first addition dates back to the early feudal period, while the newest changes occurred in the 19th century. The nearby Likhauri Church and its belfry were constructed in 1422.
Other historic places of interest include the Gurieli Church and Palace, the artificial caves of Khoreti and Gaguri, Bukistsikhe Castle, GOraberejouli Castle and Church (from 17th century), Upper Erketi Church, and the Udabno Monastery Complex.
Shemokmedi Monastery Complex
The village of Shemokmedi, near Ozurgeti has fascinating history and is home to the Shemokmedi Monastery. Its temple housed a very rich library with lots of manuscripts and golden engravings. The second temple of the complex is a church dating back to the 16th century.
Ureki is a health resort on the Black Sea shore, world-renowned for its amazing magnetic sand beaches. The healing benefits of this magnetic energy were used by Egyptians, Greeks and Indian Yogis for treatment of different diseases including anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties.
Known for its healthy and invigorating fresh mountain air. It sits on top of the gorge of the Bakhvistskali River, 1.926-2.050 meters above sea level, and the mixture of the sea and mountain air results as a unique local climate- a great benefit for those who have health problems and can benefit from humid, clean air and healthy food.
Nabeghlavi resort, in the district of Chokhatauri, is known for its fresh, clear mineral water. Nabeghlavi spring and mineral water, is bottle here and is well known around the world.