Bakuriani - The best recreational ski resort in Georgia
Bakuriani is a daba and skiing resort in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region. It is favourite place for families with children and not only. Every year thousands of people come to ski, snowboard, walk around places covered with coniferous forests, hike trails of nearby villages, horse ride, cycle and to enjoy breathtaking views of landscape.
Where is Bakuriani resort and how to reach?
Bakuriani is located in the Borjomi district, on the northern slope of the Trialeti Range, at an elevation of 1700 meters above sea level. The town is famous for its mineral carbonated water industry. The distance between Tbilisi and Bakuriani is 180kms and between Borjomi and Bakuriani it is just 30km. Kutaisi – Bakuriani 155km. estimated time of journey – 2.5h.
Where to stay?
There are plenty of places to overnight in Bakuriani. Their prices vary according to the type of comfort and location.
Prices for the apartments start from 150$-250$ per night, hotels from 80$, hostels from 50$-60$.
Check out some recomended hotels in Bakuriani:
Snow Plaza; ArtVilla Bakuriani; Hotel Villa Park; Premier Palace & Premier Palace
Food and DrinkTo find place for hot tea or to taste some dishes from Georgian cuisine, we suggest the best 5 recommended restaurants by customers:
Art Villa; Restaurant Mimino; Mgzavruli Bistro; Tavern Mari; Sky Bar 1700
Ski time & entertainment
There are several main trails in Bakuriani:
Kokhta 2 (2,255 m high) is known as Tatra.
Twenty-five is an area of easy skiing located on the Circular, near the old 25 meter ski-jump which gives the area its name. Here beginners and children can learn to ski in a safe and pleasant environment, surrounded by the might Caucasus mountains. You can also toboggan and sledge here, or take a horse drawn sleigh- ride through the ancient forests.
Didveli has one on the most amazing trails. From here you can catch a gondola to the slopes of Mt. Sakvelo, and ski a range of blue and red routes. The longest piste is around 4 km long. Advanced skiers can continue further up the mountain by catching a chairlift at the top of the gondola to almost the very top of Mt. Sakvelo itself. Here, you can enjoy stretching your ski-legs on very steep and difficult red and black runs.
Didveli is an ideal place to hit the trails after the sunset. Whether you are a new or an experienced skier, night skiing is an exhilarating and enjoyable experience. Let your day run long!
Bakuriani’s cross-country trails attract experts as well as beginners. Two of the most challenging runs begin on Mt. Kokhta (2,155 m) and Mt. Didveli. If skating is your winter pastime, Bakuriani offers plenty of opportunities, among them at Bakuriani Park and the rink at the Hotel Edem. The hills and valleys around Bakuriani are ideal for snowmobiling, but if you prefer to get around the old-fashioned way, horse- drawn sleighs are the traditional mode of winter transportation in Bakuriani, so for a romantic treat, take a romantic sleigh-ride around the picturesque village.
Guide services, including renting single and double-seat snowmobiles, are available through many hotels and shops.
Looking for the perfect place for your children to have fun?
Since 2011, tubing park “Joyland” is functional in Bakuriani. “Joyland” is located near the park in the centre and corresponds to modern standards.
Having three zones – “SKYLAND”, “TUBINGLAND” and “BABYLAND” – “Joyland” is created for fun and recreation for all ages.
Bar & Restaurant “EnJoy” is functioning in “Joyland”.
Ice skating stadium
On winter season ice skating stadium is functioning in central park of Bakuriani.Trainers are available.
Police office in Bakuriani is located on the crossroad of Agmashenebeli and Mtis streets.
Emergency telephone number – 112.
Geohospital’s Medical centre in Bakuriani
Address: Koba Tsaqadze #2
Tel: 367 24 00 25
Address: Saakadze #3
Tel: 367 22 50 51
Blue Palace “Firuza”
“Firuza” is one of the most important historical buildings in Borjomi. Situated at the entrance of the “Mineral Water Park,” it was built in 1892 by the consul of Iran and is considered a unique cultural monument. The building combines characteristics of Persian, Georgian and European styles.
Mineral Water Park
The most remarkable virtues of Borjomi are its striking nature and unique mineral waters. One of the best places to experience this is the “Mineral Water Park” of Borjomi. The park itself dates back to the 1850s and is an attractive destination all throughout the year. Here you can taste the natural Borjomi mineral water and relax in a beautiful environment. Try riding the cable car up to the Ferris wheel at the top of the park!
Borjomi Museum of Local Lore
One of the oldest museums in Georgia; it first opened its doors in 1926. The building itself was constructed in 1890, and is unique both in its architecture and building materials used. Today it houses over 36,000 items, including four permanent exhibits. The Museum offers a full range of information about the town, from the flora and fauna to documents confirming Borjomi mineral water’s medicinal properties. It also contains many of the 18th–19th century glass, bronze, porcelain and wood artifacts which belonged to the Russian Royal family.
The castle is located to the north-west of Borjomi and was constructed around the 14th century. It belonged to the rulers of Borjomi, feudal lords- the Avalishvilis, and it still bears the name of Gogia Avalishvili.
The medieval castle is located on a high rocky mountain, a few kilometers from Borjomi. In the XVI century, after the Ottoman conquest of Tori (a historic region of Georgia), Peter’s Castle was the administrative center of the Ottomans. Currently, the preserved remains of various buildings lie within the fortress walls, including ruins of a residence hall and a wine cellar.
The Romanovs’ Palace dates back to the nineteenth century. In 1892-1895, the palace was built by the architect Leontin Benua, under the order of Russian Tsar Nikolas II. The palace houses unique exhibits, including a table given to the Romanovs by Napoleon, armchairs given by the Shah of Iran, and a historical hand-made table carved by the Russian Emperor Peter I. You will also find a Romanov era billiard table in the billiards room.
Timotesubani Monastery - The Cathedral of Holy Virgin
Located 17 kilometers from Borjomi, the church was constructed between the 12th – 13th centuries. The interior is decorated with some of the best examples of Georgian mural painting of the 13th century.
The Green Monastery
Built between the 9th-10th centuries, the Chitakhevi Monastery of St. George (the Green Monastery) is nestled in the beautiful Borjomi valley, 13 kilometers from the town of Borjomi. The church is constructed from special stones which have a green coloring to them, with some being darker and some lighter.
Kvabiskhevi Church of the Assumption
The three-aisled basilica, constructed in the 8th–9th centuries, is one of the most historic buildings in Borjomi valley, located just 21 kilometers from the town of Borjomi. The frescos within the church date back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
Explore Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, one of the largest national parks in Georgia, it includes six administrative districts stretching from the resort of Borjomi to the town of Kharagauli.
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is located in central part of Georgia and creates eastern part of lesser Caucasus Mountains. The total area amounts to 85,083 ha, which is more than 1% of the territory of Georgia.
At Borjomi-Kharagauli National park you can explore untouched forests of fir and pine trees, beautiful panoramic views, alpine meadows, rhododendron Caucasus and orchid florescence. Tourist Season lasts all year around.
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