Best things to See and Do in Telavi
Telavi city | © Константин Александрович / WikiCommons
The central city of Kakheti region, Telavi, is a historical city boasting stunning mountain landscapes, beautiful architecture, ancient monasteries, and picturesque valleys. Aside from being a famous tourist destination, Telavi, and the whole region, is recognized as the center of traditional Georgian wine-making. The city is not big but has some interesting sights for you to check out.
Explore Batonis Tsikhe
Batonis Tsikhe, or the Fortress of the Master in English, is one of the best-preserved medieval royal palaces in the country. Built by King Archil in the 17th century, the fortress was the residence of Kakhetian kings during the 17th and 18th centuries. King Erekle II expanded the area of the castle in the second half of the 18th century. Today, the area houses a museum dedicated to King Erekle II, where you can see the bedrooms, the king’s throne, and his sword.
See the Giant Plane Tree
This tree has stood here for almost a century now, making it one of the oldest and most unique attractions of Telavi.
Relax at Nadikvari Park
Once you get tired of walking, you can relax at Nadikvari Park. Enjoy beautiful nature, an open-air theater area, walking trails, and views of the city.
Visit Museum of Qvevri Jars and Wine
History Museum, Winery
Twins Wine Hotel is home to qvevri
wine museum, situated in the village Napareuli. Here, you’ll learn all about the different phases of qvevri wine-making
as well as well as the production of the vessels themselves.
Explore the Estate of Prince Chavchavadze
Winery, Building, History Museum
Prince Alexander Chavchavadze (1786–1846) was one of the most significant figures in Georgian history. His palace and garden in Tsinandali is a must-see place in Telavi. Only 9 kilometres away from the city, the palace showcases the unique memorabilia and relics of the royal family of the 19th century. The courtyard, laid out in English style, has unusual plants and ancient trees. You can also visit Chavchavadzes winery and try some of the locally produced beverage on-site.