Zugdidi is the capital of Samegrelo. The city serves as a shuttle for the increasing traffic of travelers going to Svaneti and the few adventurers who enter the territory of Abkhazia. It is the closest city to the secessionist province and it took many of the Georgian refugees who fled the war in the nineties.
Although it is not a very tourist friendly city, the surroundings hide many treasures that attract people to it. The best way to discover them is through the excursions organized by the owners of the old Hostel Zugdidi.