Our journey continues to Mestia, the historical, cultural and religious center of Svaneti. The quaint little town lies at an altitude of 1,500 m above sea level and stretches about 6 km along the Mestiakhalda valley. Mestia has an extremely favorable landscape: the city is surrounded by mysterious coniferous forests and romantic alpine meadows, behind which snow-covered ridges rise and together represent a wonderful sight.
This is where the "East Frisians of Georgia" live. Similar to their German relatives, the Swans are stubborn and hard-drinking people, but they are also known for their incredible hospitality. Furthermore, they are referred to as both courageous and heroic. And rightly so! In its entire history, this inconspicuous town was not even occupied by the Mongols, despite several attempts.
Because of this, the residents were able to protect the unmistakable architecture of Mestia and thus continue to be considered the land of a thousand towers.
Overnight in Mestia