There isn’t a better way to get the glimpse of the Georgian lifestyle than to actually choose to stay in Sighnaghi. Sighnaghi is a beautiful small town in the east of Georgia, hidden between green trees and beautiful landscapes. It is probably one of the smallest cities in the country, having only around 3000 inhabitants. So, if you are looking for a picturesque and quiet place to enjoy your visit in the country, this is the place to consider. There is also something nostalgic about Sighnaghi, still, having numerous facades of old buildings and churches, parts of the city appearing like being frozen in a different era. Traditions are still very much alive here, since the city’s economy is mainly based on the making of wine and traditional Georgian carpets. Truly, it is an incredible and very interesting place to see.
The moment you will walk on its ancient, still paved in stone, streets, you will be awed by the incredible architecture of the buildings. Most of them are restored, but still preserve very well the specific of the area. Besides the architecture, the city is proud of having some of the most stunning views in the country. Located at 790 meters above sea level, you can easily enjoy views you will never forget over the Caucasus Mountains and Alazani Valley. It simply looks like a fairytale city, so you may need to stay here for a couple of days to realize that a gorgeous little town like Sighnaghi does exist. It is the perfect location if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation, where walks are rewarded with beautiful surroundings and mind-blowing views, where traditional items are available everywhere you look, and where visiting wine cellars is part of local activities.
Where to stay in Sighnaghi:
Hotel Kabadoni, which is located in the old center of Sighnaghi, has a modern touch when it comes to décor. A mixture of art nouveau, the hotel provides exceptional services and the much-appreciated views towards the Caucasus Mountains and Alazani Valley.
Where to eat:
When it comes to food, since you are in a small town in Georgia, it would be the best to indulge in the local cuisine. You will find Georgian recipes rather delicious and satisfying, especially when they are produced with fresh local produces, just the way the dishes at Pheasant’s Tears are prepared. The chefs at this restaurant visit the market every morning, picking only the best and freshest ingredients for their recipes. Also, it is worth mentioning that, besides incredible food, the restaurant will also have the possibility to serve you a glass of organic wine, produced in the area’s vineyards, of course.