Imereti Region (Georgia)

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January 15, 2018

The region of Imereti, in western Georgia, is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and ancient heritage, as well as for its spa towns, but it is perhaps most famous as the place where Jason and the Argonauts came in search of the legendary Golden Fleece.

Rich in historic architecture, vineyards and hot mineral springs, Imereti is a region with a long history, inhabited since the lower Paleolithic Age. It was an important trade and transit route in Antiquity, and part of the famous Silk Road, connecting the western world with the eastern countries. Today, the region is home to a wealth of historic monuments, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites Bagrati Cathedral (XI cent.) and Gelati Monastery (XII cent)

Besides the famous spa towns of Tsalkubo and Sairme, Imereti's most important urban centre is Kutaisi. Located on the banks of river Rioni, Kutaisi is a city with a long interesting history, one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the the world, whose origins are sometimes traced back to the Minos period (17th -15th century BC). Modern-day visitors can easily visit this ancient town full of landmarks and historic monuments, thanks to the international airport, connecting Kutaisi with over 30 European cities.

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Imereti's SpaTowns

Tskaltubo


The so-called “waters of immortality” in Tskaltubo were probably already known in the 7th-9th centuries, when the oldest historical records are dated. Since the 18th century several foreign researchers gave word of the healing properties of these springs:Berlin Society of Friends of Natural Science (1782); J.Klaproth (1815); A. Jolenberg (1897). By 1920, after chemical analysis had revealed the uniqueness of the water, Tskaltubo was officially declared a medical spa resort, achieving the status of city in 1953.

Tsakulbo's Golden Age came in the Soviet era, and is linked to the figure of Joseph Stalin, perhaps Tskaltubo 's most famous visitor. Nowadays, tourist can still visit the private pool where he bathed on his visits to the town

As one of Georgia's flagship historic spa town, the town is still pretty popular not only for the qualities of its waters, but also for its magnificent building heritage, its green landscapes and the fascinating beauty of its local caves, where visitors can benefit from the therapeutic properties of their dust-free atmosphere and even find dinousaurs' footprints.

With the help of investment from the World Bank, today the spa facilities and public spaces in Tskaltubo are now being restored to their former glory, in order to attract more visitors. Indeed, the economic potential of the resort was a driving force in the creation of Georgia’s first National Tourism Strategy.

Tskaltubo Tourism Development Center

 

Sairme


Named after the deer which visited the springs for water and salt, Sairme Wellness Resort is located in a mountainous subtropical area of Baghdati Municipality, by far the largest greenery among the European and South Caucasian resorts (60 ha), 950 meters above the sea level and south of Kutaisi.

Sairme has been known since the 1890s for its mineral springs, althought the development of tourist infraestructures did not began until a few years ago.

The resort, which benefits from a mild climate and pristine environment, boasts clinics, spa centers, swimming pools, sports facilities shopping areas, restaurants and the modern Sairme Hotel. Built in 2013, it features 150 rooms to accommodates up to 390 people.

Beyond the healing qualities of its 6 mineral springs, Baghdati Municipality is also well known for its wines, with no less than 20 traditional wineries, and for its hilly surroundings, with several kilometers of marked paths trails to explore hiking or by bycicle.

Sairme Resort