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Introducing Zugdidi

The main city of Samegrelo (Mingrelia), Zugdidi is 108km northwest of Kutaisi. The nearest Georgian city to Abkhazia, it has absorbed a high number of refugees since the 1990s. Today it’s a bustling town that serves as a stepping stone for getting to Svaneti or Abkhazia, and a base for exploring the less known attractions of Samegrelo.

The central boulevard, running southwest to northeast, is Zviad Gamsakhurdias gamziri, named after Mingrelian Zviad Gamsakhurdia, post-Soviet Georgia’s ultranationalist first president.