Top things to do in Great Caucasus

Top Choice Church in Stepantsminda

Tsminda Sameba Church

This 14th-century church 2200m above Stepantsminda has become almost a symbol of Georgia for its incomparably photogenic hilltop setting with mighty Mt Kazbek rising behind it, and for the fierce determination invol…
Top Choice Old Town in Shatili

Shatili Old Town

This magnificent agglomeration of koshkebi (defensive watchtowers) and atmospheric slate houses packed tightly together on a steep hillside to create one sprawling fortress is an incredible sight. Most of the houses…
Top Choice Museum in Mestia

Svaneti History & Ethnography Museum

Mestia’s excellent main museum is one of Georgia's best, with fascinating displays of church treasures, manuscripts, weaponry, jewellery, coins and historical photos, all labelled in English. The highlight is the ro…
Top Choice Old Town in Tusheti

Dartlo

Dartlo, 12km northwest of Omalo in the Pirikiti Alazani valley, is an extraordinarily picturesque village crowned by an impressive tower grouping, overlooked by the single tall tower of Kvavlo 350m above the village…
Top Choice European in Stepantsminda

Rooms Hotel Restaurant

Hands down the best restaurant in town, the vast lounge bar of Rooms Hotel prepares gourmet Georgian, European and fusion dishes – the likes of local trout with walnut pesto, free-range chicken with Dijon sauce and …
Top Choice Georgian in Mestia

Lushnu Qor

Definitely one of Mestia's more interesting restaurants, this German-owned spot stands out from the crowd with its friendly service and good food. Its kubdari (spicy Svanetian meat pie) are excellent, and it even of…
Top Choice Georgian in Mestia

Cafe Laila

A hugely popular gathering place on the central square where it can be hard to get a table on summer evenings when local musicians often perform. The food is a respectable mix of Svan specialities and Georgia-wide f…
Top Choice Georgian in Ushguli

Cafe Bar Enguri

The best option in town, this modern chalet-style cafe by the river has the most interesting menu in town, including pork medallions in onion sauce, various delicious kebabs and grilled trout. English-speaking staff…
Fortress in Great Caucasus

Ananuri Fortress

This fortress 66km north of Tbilisi is a classic example of Georgian architecture, enhanced by its superb location overlooking the Zhinvali Reservoir. The fortress historically belonged to the eristavis (dukes) of A…
Area in Great Caucasus

Truso Valley

The beautiful Truso valley, source of the Tergi River, heads west off the Georgian Military Hwy 17km south of Stepantsminda. It's dotted with ancient towers, abandoned Ossetian villages and strange mineral phenomena…