Travel information, Geography, History
Guria is located in the western part of Georgia, bordered by the eastern end of the Black Sea.
Part of the northern edge of the region is on the Colchis lowland, while to the south-east Guria extends as far as the Meskheti Mountain range. Guria shares a border with Samegrelo to the north, Imereti to the east, Samtskhe-Javakheti in the south-east, Adjara to the south and the Black Sea on the west. In the east part of Guria, the lowlands become mountains and evergreen bushy forests replace swamp forests. Beech forests are found in the mountains and pine and fir trees can be found at higher altitudes. Mountain forests of Guria provide a good habitat for bears, wolves, deer, martens, and bobcats, as well as other animals. Rivers are home to many different types of fish.
Guria of nowadays consists from three parts: The capital city – Ozurgeti. And Lanchkhuti and Chokhatauri districts. It has an almost 25 kilometers length of seaside, but instead of this fact Guria mostly a mountain region. So, travelling through Guria you will have an unexampled opportunity to have a mountain and seaside style rest in the same time.
Guria is humid across the subtropical seashore as well as in the mountainous east. The lowlands of Guria, where the elevation is 200 meters above sea level, is also humid. Winter in Guria is mild, while the summer is hot. This region is also characterized by high winds.
Guria one of the amazing regions of the west Georgia, differing from others by its originality.
An acquaintance with funny and smart gurians, degustation of local sorts of vine and testing super alcoholic gurian drink – chacha will give a very special shade to your trip. Known, that there are very old sorts of vine still preserved in Guria, like Chkhaveri, Kamuri etc. Also in the high mountainous hills and forests could be found the wild sorts of vine. The cultivation of vineyards in Guria dates back to antiquity. Gurian villages are characterized by a special charm and color, especially in autumn. Wooden houses often have corn kernels spread out like beads and pumpkins drying in the sun, with yards of green trees, surrounded by wooden fences.
The people of Guria are amazingly hospitable.
Guria (must see) sights:
The most significant cultural sights are the Liakhuri Church (15th century), the Askana Fortress (16th century), the Jumati Monastery (16th century), the Shemokmedi Monastery (16th-17th centuries), and the palace of Prince Gurieli (18th century).
Ureki is a health resort on the Black Sea shore. It is famous for its magnetic sand beaches to which there is no comparison in the world. The beneficial health properties of magnetic energy have been known since ancient times and were used by Egyptians, Greeks and Indian Yogis for treatment of different diseases. Magnetic energy has anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties, it stimulates the regeneration of tissues, strengthens the immune system, and improves conditions from several severe diseases.
One of the best mountainous resorts in Georgia is in Guria, the village of Bakhmaro. It is located in the district of Chokhatauri, on the Meskheti Mountain range, in the gorge of the Bakhvistskali River. Bakhmaro is located 2000 meters above sea level, and known for its fresh air: a mixture of the sea and mountain air, resulting in a unique local climate. Bakhmaro is recommended for those who have health problems and can benefit from clean air and healthy food.
Nabeghlavi resort, also in the district of Chokhatauri, is known for its mineral waters. Nabeglavi spring water, as well as mineral water, is bottled here. The water is popular in the international market as well.