Zugdidi (Georgian: ზუგდიდი) is a city in the Samegrelo region of Georgia.
While Zugdidi is not a very popular city with tourists for itself, many pass through it on their way up to Mestia in Svaneti. It does have a few things to see, though, and is located near a national park. It is also a get-in point to Abkhazia (via Inguri dam).
Trains run to Tbilisi and all stops on the way. Night trains are also available, and are the most popular way to get from Tbilisi to Zugdidi, since the marshrutkas to Mestia are coordinated with them. Arrival in Zugdidi is at 6:30AM. Marshrutkas and buses are also available to most major cities in Georgia.
Dadiani Museum, (500m beyond the north end of Zviad Gamsakhurdia). Every day, except Monday 10:00AM-5:00 pm. The Dadiani family's palace 2 GEL. edit
All in Samegrelo Region,
- Tobavarchili Lake
- Dancing Rock
- Martvili canyon gentle water rafting. Water a few meters deep, quite clear, water turquoise colour coming from glacier/mountains
- Dadiani summer palace, Monastery, and Winery. Winery tour available for groups, advance scheduling.
- Hot springs
- Kolkheti National Park - birding popular activity
- Anaklia - former Evpretoria Crimea summer music festival has relocated & morphed into 4 to 5 day music festival.
- Rukhi fortress and Inguri river border crossing to Abkhazia (border is actually in village Rukhi)
Contact TIC (Tourist Information Center).
- Champion Cafe/Lounge. Turn right out of the train station and walk 5-10 minutes down the road - this restaurant is located on the right hand side. Don't be discouraged by the fact that everything listed on the menu may not be available (as is typical in Georgia). The Kiev Cutlet is delicious - lightly breaded, tender chicken fried perfectly and served with fries and ketchup. The City-Special is also recommended as well as the chicken salad. Free, fast wifi with no password makes it a great place to hang out while waiting for your train. $. edit
- Smart - My Supermarket, (After exiting the station take a right on the main road, Rustaveli Str. The supermarket is next to the Wissol gas station.). There is a cafe inside with free WiFi. edit
- Georgian Restaurant, Rustaveli Str. (After exiting the railway station, take a right on Rustaveli Str. and continue for 200-300m. The restaurant will be on the right side of the road.). Authentic Georgian restaurant with no English displayed outside. The owners speak enough English allowing you to eat an excellent meal. Two soups, salad, mineral water and bread cost 12 GEL. edit
- McDonald's, (i'm adding it, not for the food, but as a landmark (on tree-lined 2-sides boulevard with pedestrian walkway in middle), bright windowed cafe w/ WiFi of course and 2 places very near to get marshrutka South and East (eg. Poti, Batumi, Kutaisi airport, Kutaisi). edit
Check the Booking-type websites and with the TIC.
Tourist Information Center (TIC) maintains a list of sleeping places that they inspect before adding to their own list. And they have some places not listed on Booking-type websites.
As of January 2016, there 10-15 hotels & guesthouses/home-stays, and 3 hostels (2 new in 2015; 1 since 2012 but this longer-existing hostel operates seasonally, approx May to mid-September/early-October)
- Mazeri — a stunningly beautiful mountain village. The starting point for Svaneti Mount Ushba trekking.