Visibly, Samtskhe-Javakheti is very rich with old and new folk festivals. Each municipality is characterized by separate, private festivals, which are distinguished by rich and varied traditions and always attract interested tourists. You can find more information regarding the festivals during different seasons on the official Facebook page of Samtskhe-Javakheti Destination Management Organization – (@visitsamtskhejavakheti) or on the official webpage – www.dmmsstating.wpengine.com
Located in the Akhaltsikhe valley near the river of Kvabliani, there are many key sites to visit here. These include the Lakes of Triala, Monastery of Zarzma, Monastery of Chule, and multiple fortresses including Zanavi, Irimchala, and Okrostikhe. With freezing and snowy winters, and warmer comfortable summers, this is a destination with scenic views and plenty to do.
Just 23 km northeast of Adigeni you can find a famous mountain-balneological resort – Abastumani. This is a small urban-type settlement located on the southern slopes of the Meskheti Range (Lesser Caucasus) in the small river valley of Otskhe. The resort is surrounded by evergreen coniferous forests dominated by pine. Near the resort there is one of the best observatories in the Caucasus – the Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory.
Are you interested in local arts, food, and beverages? So, if you are visiting Samtskhe-Javakheti during the New Year or Christmas period don’t miss traditional Christmas Markets. Each year each municipality organizes Christmas Markets in its territory. The days are usually announced in advance at the beginning of December. You can find the information on our website closer to the date.
Christmas Markets get together local entrepreneurs and young people who showcase crafts, food, and delicious.