Bakuriani is a resort town in Georgia’s southern region of Samskhe-Javakheti, popular for winter sports activities, spa hotels, and as a summer retreat. Bakuriani has a population of roughly 2,400 and maintains a rustic alpine charm. The town is situated in a caldera at an altitude of 1,700 m with ample snow in winter and pleasant mild summers. Weather in Bakuriani is generally favorable with most precipitation occurring during the ski season. Temperatures in summer can reach highs of 25 degrees with lows of around 15 degrees. Highs in winter may vary but are usually between 0 and 5 degrees.
Bakuriani was first established in the late 19thcentury and was a popular resort during the soviet era. Winter Olympics trainings took place during the late 20th century when the resort town was a still somewhat of a hidden jewel. As a result of substantial modernization and infrastructural refurbishing, Bakuriani has grown in popularity as an international holiday destination and a contemporary training ground for professional skiers.
Bakuriani is nestled high in the mountains at the intersection of the Lesser Caucasus and the Trialeti Range. The surrounding nature is among the most splendid in Georgia.
There are several hiking trails in the forested lowlands surrounding Bakuriani. The area is strewn with creeks and springs ideal for fishing.
Bakuriani’s main thoroughfare cuts through the heart of the village with cafes, Georgian restaurants, pubs and most modern conveniences.
Accommodation options range from higher end spa hotels to family owned bed and breakfasts, private guesthouses to traditional home stays. Back country camping is also popular.