Borjomi is a gorgeous resort in Georgia, famous in particular for the numerous springs with mineral water that can be found here. The famous Borjomi mineral water, known for its curative properties, can be found in stores, in over 30 countries around the world. But, the waters of this resort are not the only aspect that brought attention over this beautiful city. One of the biggest reasons you need to visit Borjomi is that the location is simply breathtaking, with lush forests of tall pine trees and protected by the majestic Caucasus Mountains, it is the perfect destination if you want to enjoy peaceful walks in the outdoors. To the wide public, the resort was known since the 15th century, but became famous later on, when the daughter of the Russian Tsar’s viceroy was treated and cured in Borjomi. Both the viceroy and his daughter were honored when two springs here got their names.
But, the family of the Tzar’s viceroy was not the only aristocrats that walked into this area. The Romanovs also showed interest in the mineral waters that could be found in Borjomi, opening the first bottling plant nearby. Samples of the first bottles of mineral water produced in the area can still be seen today at the Museum of Local Lore in Borjomi. Still, even so, the glorious days of the resort stopped around the 1990s, when tourism in the area was almost ceased. With the help of the Municipality of Borjomi, the area started to be slowly revived. Now, during the peak season in the summer, which is between the months of July and August, it is almost impossible to find an available room at the hotels in the area. A high number of tourists come here to visit Borjomi and to enjoy the fresh mountain air and the unique mineral waters. Sometimes, you can even spot some tourists after the first snow fall in the mountains, which come here not only to appreciate the frozen winter scenery, but also to fill their lungs with ice cold and clean air.
If you decide to visit Borjomi, you should know that there are a couple of things you can see here. Make sure to visit Firuza or the Blue Palace, built here by the consul of Iran in 1892. It is an architectural piece that entwines elements of the Georgian, Persian, and European architecture, still being amazing after all these years.
The Mineral Water Park is another great place to visit while in Borjomi, because it can provide great time in the outdoors, peace, quiet, and the chance to taste the famous Borjomi mineral waters right from their source. If you want to know more about the area, the Museum of Local Lore will give you all the information you need. It is one of the oldest museums in the country, opening for visitors in 1926, although the building where it is housed was built even earlier, in 1890. Here, you can admire more than 36,000 items, each of them telling a story about Borjomi and the surrounding area. Also, you may want to have Gogia’s Castle on your list as well, this place being the residence of the feudal lords that ruled Borjomi at one point, a building that was built in the 14th century and it is still rather spectacular. Beside these places, there are many more to discover in Borjomi, so make sure not to miss this place when visiting Georgia.