The Town of Mestia
The town of Mestia is the administrative centre of the Upper Svaneti. It is
situated at the confluence of Mestiachala and Mulakhula rivers and is
surrounded by Zuruldi ridge from the South, Mount Tskhakvzagara form the North,
Banguriani Mountain range from the East. Panoramic view of the Layla peak opens
in the West.
Family hotels with mid level infrastructure will extend their hospitality to
you in Mestia.
Host families in Mestia
(Click on the pictures below for a larger image)
||Elguja Zhorzholiani's house|
||Ketevan Niguriani's house with yard and its surroundings|
||Tsiuri Gabliani's house|
||Nugzar Niguriani's house|
||Lali Chartolani's house|
||Murman Dadvani's house|
||Zoia Chartolani's house|
||Malkhaz Arghvliani's house|
||Lamara Niguriani's house|
You will be able to plan your stay and touring in Mestia according to your
In Mestia you can visit:
- Svaneti Ethnographical - Historical Museum;
- Exposition of the archeological expedition base;
- The Margiani Family's Svanetian dwelling;
- The world famous rock-climber's Mikheil Khergiani's house-museum;
- The famous skier's Boris Kakhiani's house-museum;
- The Zargaashi ancient age ore mining well near Mestia.
In addition, you will be given an opportunity to sample mineral water from
different springs, the abundance of which could be found in the areas
It is recommended to see the slopes of Mount Hatzvala, which reveals the most
beautiful panoramic view of the Greater Caucasus range.
Last but not the least we invite you to Svaneti Mountain Tourism Centre,
which is located in the town of Mestia (7 Stalin street - 200m from the main
square). The Centre will always welcome you warmly. At the Centre, you will find
a fair offering you traditional Svanetian produce. We will be happy to assist
you with our consulting.
From Mestia you can take the "Chalaadi"
route, which takes you via Mestiachala, and Chaladani River gorges to the rocky
range of Chatani peak where the Chalaadi glacier is forming.