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Bakuriani: Skiing in Winter, Hiking and Biking in Summer.

Bakuriani is a very famous ski resort among the Georgians. It is located between the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus. It is only 40 minutes from Borjomi and two and a half hours from Tbilisi by car. In winter, the ski lifts are fully operational and there is a really nice atmosphere in its bars, clubs, and restaurants.

It has a dozen tracks for different levels and also areas for cross-country skiing, ice skating, or snowmobiling. In summer, the village is much quieter and people come for hiking, mountain biking, or horse riding.

A good plan is to rent a mountain bike at the tourist office and go to Tsighisvar (5 miles), Andesite (2 miles), or if you get up early and you are in good physical shape, maybe go directly to Lake Tabatskuri (17 miles). You can also go by taxi, although you will have to negotiate the price with the driver.

Bakuriani has a good range of accommodation: around 25 hotels and 200 shelters. Although in summer, some of them will close.

The environment is amazing and if you are in the area and you have time, it is worth to visit this part of Georgia and breathe some fresh air. To get there, you should take the Kukushka, a historic train from the time of the Russian Empire that, although is slow, crosses beautiful landscapes. You can go back to the capital via minibus.

Practical Information

Bakuriani Tourist Office

Address: 1 Aghmashenebeli Avenue.

Opening Hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (winter) and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (summer).

Phone: +995 367 24 00 36 / +995 367 24 00 37.

The tourist office is right in front of the police station, a few meters from the minibus station. They offer horse riding, bicycle rentals (20 GEL), and all kinds of information on routes, hotels, restaurants, and accommodation.

Transportation

  • Marshrutka Bakuriani-Tbilisi: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
  • Marshrutkas Bakuriani-Borjomi: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 y 5:00 p.m.

Accommodations

Medium Lodging

Apollon Hotel

Address: 21 Aghmashenebeli Avenue

E-mail: info@apollon.ge

Phone: +995 599 334 499.

This is a small wooden hotel, comfortable, with simple but clean rooms, and a nice balcony. It opens all year round and it is about 2296 feet from the tourist office. Price of half board: 40-50 GEL. For more information: www.apollon.ge

Expensive Lodging

Villa Palace Hotel

Address: 1 K. Tsakadze Street 

Phone: +995 5 97 90 11 44.

E-mail: info@villapalace.ge

This villa is a modern, comfortable hotel a few meters from the slopes. It was inaugurated in 2007. It has a heated swimming pool, a sauna, and a recreation area. The hotel is open throughout the year. Price of the double room outside the Christmas holidays: 175 GEL.

Restaurants

Teremiok Restaurant

Address: Tavisupleba Street 

Opening Hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

They offer Ukrainian and Georgian cuisine. You should try the pelmeni, the borsch, and the Shuba salad. These dishes are the specialty of the house and there are also the typical Ukrainian dishes. The restaurant opens all year round.

Mimino Restaurant

Phone: +995 571 33 29 34.

Expect Georgian cuisine in a tavern-style restaurant. Comfortable interior, with a fireplace in the center, and a garden with tables that open in summer.