While cities like Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi are primary destinations for any traveller, to feel the true Georgian spirit you should visit some of the country’s smaller and more remote locations. Here’s our list of the most interesting and impressive mountain villages in Georgia you shouldn’t miss on your next trip.
A highland village in Akhmeta Municipality, Bochorna lies 7,694ft (2,345m) above sea level, placing it among the highest inhabited areas in Europe.
The village of Dartlo is wrapped in the mountains and makes for a fairytale setting, with the Alazani river flowing just below. Dartlo might be a small village, but there are plenty of homestays and a cafe for lunch and a drink with wonderful views of the surrounding area.
Bakhmaro, in the Guria region, is a mountainous resort that lies around 6500ft (1981m) above sea level. Surrounded by pine and fir forests, this spot is renowned for its curative potential.
Racha is one of the most interesting wine regions of Georgia. It might not have the beauty of Tusheti, Khevsureti or Svaneti, but it’s still worth visiting. The climate here is perfect for grapes, making Ambrolauri a great stopover for wine lovers.
A Unesco World Heritage Site, Ushguli is the most remote area of Upper Svaneti. Known for being the highest continually inhabited village in Europe, Ushguli offers breathtaking views of Shkhara – the highest peak in the country – and medieval defence towers that are slowly crumbling.
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