Abanotubani is the ancient district of Tbilisi you need to see even if you have only several hours to walk around the city. But if you have more time to enjoy your trip, it would be unforgivable not to visit Tbilisi sulfur baths Abanotubani is famous for.
Visiting Tbilisi sulfur baths is one of the best things you can do if you are visiting this city in colder months. In this part of the city, the warm water naturally comes from the earth (it does not need to be heated).
Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, would not exist without this place. According to a legend, king Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell in these sulfur waters – this is how hot springs were discovered. The king decided to move the capital city to this place and named it “Tbilisi” (“Tbili” means “warm” in Georgian).
What others think about Tbilisi sulfur baths
Sulfur baths in Tbilisi are very easy to find. The first thing you will notice in the old part of the city is dome-shaped bathhouse roofs. A famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin was very impressed by Tbilisi sulfur baths – in 1829 he even wrote that “Never before have I seen neither in Russia nor in Turkey anything that can surpass magnificent Tiflis baths”. Also, a french writer Alexander Dumas wrote in his memoirs “Why doesn’t Paris, the city of physical pleasures, have such baths?”
The main reason you should visit a sulfur bath in Tbilisi is that it has many surprising health benefits and can be such a nice experience that even Vogue could not stay indifferent – One of the most influential fashion magazines in the world dedicated a whole article to Tbilisi sulfur baths in 2015.