Guria is located in the middle of western Georgia, so according to one version of the origin of the name, it comes from the word “Guri” which means heart in the Megrelian language. The distance from Tbilisi to Guria is 310 km. This small region of Georgia is distinguished by its diverse natural beauty.  There are both sea and mountain resorts in the Guria region.

The tourist infrastructure is not developed, so there are many untapped places of interest in this region. Do not be surprised if you come across such beautiful places that you have neither seen in the picture not planned to visit in advance. The most popular and hotel-filled area is the seaside resort of Ureki and Shekvetili, but in the mountain resorts (Bakhmaro and Gomi Mountain) there are mostly family guesthouses. So if you will search for Guria tour packages will not be many choices.

What to see in Guria


Gomi Mountain

Mountain summer resort, 2100 - 2700 meters above sea level. Place for the treatment of chronic respiratory diseases. Distance from Tbilisi 350 km. This wellness resort is also ideal for jeep tours and hiking trips. Near is a Chinchao lake, at 2500 metres from sea level.

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Ureki beach

Ureki is a seaside climatic resort. It is distinguished for its magnetic sand, which treat a cardiovascular diseases and other number of health problems. The sea depth on long distance is not great, which is especially comfortable for children to have bath.

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The high mountainous climatic resort, 1926-2050 meters from sea level. The resort is rich in flora, mainly spruce species. The main healing factor is the mixed mountain-marine climate. Distance from Tbilisi 340 km.


Shemokmedi (XII)

Monastery of Creator (Shemokmedi) is a monastery complex in village, that also called Shemokmedi. Was built in the 12th century. Once it was the Center of West Eparchy. The monastery is built on a small hill with a beautiful view of the valley of the river Bzhuzhi.

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Likhauri fortress

Likhauri Fortress, also called " Tamari's Fortress'' - a fortress of the feudal era in the village of Likhauri. The fortress stands on a mountain. The plan is rectangular. The high fence includes three towers of different sizes and shapes.

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Udabno monastery

Udabno(Desert) Monastery is a monastery complex in Chokhatauri Municipality, on the slope of the Ascension Mountain. The main building of the complex is a semi-rock plot, a small hall church. Some scholars consider it a monument of the VI century.

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Dendrological Park

The park, with its unique and diverse collection of plants is completely distinguished not only on the Black Sea coast, but in the whole region.It is home to over 200 giant trees of 29 unique species and 58 species of birds from all over the world.

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Guria short history

Archaeological specimens found in different areas show a continuous trace of human life in Guria. In the 4th century BD, after the Colchis Kingdom on the same land was established Egrisi. Guria was part of the territory of the Kingdom of Egrisi at that time. The Supsa and Natane rivers were used as a trade route between western Georgia and the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. In this way, the Byzantines had raw materials and brought various products to western Georgia.

After the 7th century, Guria became a separate region, which was facilitated by the relations with Eastern Georgia and Kartli. In the feudal era, Guria was formed as a self-governing region. It is also noteworthy that in the XIII-XV centuries Guria had trade relations with the Republics of Venice and Genoa. After the disintegration of a united Georgia in the 15th century and was ruled by the Gurian people. As early as the beginning of the 19th century, when Guria was oppressed by the Ottomans, first was under protection by the Russian Empire and then directly annexed until the independence of Georgia.