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Ozurgeti is the small town capital of Georgia's Gurian region. Guria is the smallest region of the country bordering Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, the Black Sea and Adjara. It’s Black Sea coastline that stretches to 22 kilometers, mountainous resorts, food, and subtropical micro climate what makes the city a touristic destination.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest international airport is Batumi international airport (58,2km) in Adjara region. Kutaisi International Airport is (67.4 km) in Imereti region, while Tbilisi international airport is (350km).

By train[edit]

Ozurgeti railway station

Ozurgeti has a railway station which can be reached both from Batumi and Tbilisi. Ozurgeti is end point of a branch line from Natanebi on the Black Sea coast. There are two trains leaving from Tbilisi daily. The first one leaves at 9.00 a.m. and arrives at 17.10. it costs 10 GEL. And there is a night train that leaves Tbilisi Train Station at 21:45. It has three kinds of carriages: third class (Platskart) cost 8.5 GEL, second class (Kupe) costs 21 GEL, and first class (Rbili Modern) costs 35GEL. Tickets from both cities can be bought at stations and online.

a magnificent and newly renovated neoclassical building, is located approximately 500 m north of the center at the end of the Ilia Chavchavadze Street. There is a ticket office and Mini Bus station over there. Taxis await incoming passengers. A taxi from the station to city costs 3-5 lari, to villages 4-20 lari.

By bus[edit]

The most convenient and cheap way to get to Ozurgeti is by famous minivans called "Marshuktas". They run daily from every major city.

There are "Marshuktas" minivans, that run daily from Kutaisi Main Statin behind the Mcdonalds at 10:30 11:30, 13:10, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30.

The main bus station is situated south of the city center next to the large roundabout.

By car[edit]

Ozurgeti lies on the well-developed regional road "შ 2" (Kobuleti - Chokhatauri - Sadzhavakho - Samtredia), "შ 46" Ureki-Natanebi-Ozurgeti and "შ 84" Lanchkhuti - Lesa - Ozurgeti; about 7km east from the regional road 'შ 47" Nasakirali - Schuchuti. Roads are paved with asphalt, except "შ 84" which is paved with concrete. Roads are beautiful, but winding, and are ideal for a scenic drive.

Get around[edit]

A small town, Ozurgeti is easily covered on foot. Also, Ozurgeti is a bicycle-friendly city. You can rent a bike and easily reach neighbouring places. There are also taxi's available that you can negotiate the price with, 1-2 Gel per kilometre is an alright price.

Ozurgeti has following districts: the center, where government, financial, shopping and service provider institutions are based, Seri south from the center, located on the small hill, historical part of the town Ekadia, former village, now part of the town, south of river Bzhuzhi; Anaseuli - Soviet-era settlement with former tea factory and scientific institutions and sleeping districts: Lashe-Gakiruli in the eastern part of the town, Zvani in the western part and Moidanakhe on the northern hill, where the town's major cemeteries are located.

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The main sightseeing in the town is an archaeological site, Ancient Baths in ozurgeti, which were built and used by rulers of Principality of Guria - Gurieli. Baths are located on the central square of the town. Ruins are left open-air, so its free to visit. These baths must have been oldest building in the town. The oldest survived building of the town is Bishops residence, built in 1863, used to be a residence of the noble family, which is now used as a residence of the local Bishop of Georgian Orthodox Church. XIX century typical Gurian wooden houses, with balconies and tile roofs can be found scattered in the town.

The city center is dominated by Ozurgeti Dramatic Theatre (currently under construction) the second largest theater building in Georgia, with statue of Alexander Tsutsunava, famous Georgian movie director, born in Ozurgeti. The city center extends along the Chavchavadze street north to the quite remarkable train station. All around are typical magnificent Soviet buildings of the 1930s to the 1960s, in the classical style, such as Former movie theater - built in 1930s and renovated 1980s, but nonfunctional yet. Slightly away from the town center is a industrial complex of a clay factory with glorious Soviet residential and administrative buildings and the wall mosaics. Also noteworthy is a mural at a sports school |image=Ozurgeti Sports School.jpg}} near the train station. Another Soviet industrial and administrative building can be found in Road to, an outskirt in south-western part of the town.

There are also two newly built, Postmodern architecture buildings: Police Office (2009) and Public Service Hall (2012).

Museums and galleries[edit]

  • Historical Museum Of Ozurgeti, Chokhatauri Str., +99549675827, [1].  edit

The Historical Museum of Ozurgeti has been founded in 1936. Nowadays more than 6000 exhibits, from 9,000 BC until today, are stored in the museum. Numerous unique materials have been accumulated during 75 years in the founds of Ozurgeti Historical Museum, at list there are Neolithic stone weapons, produced 7000 years ago, Best models of Kolkhian culture from Early, Middle and Late Bronze age, collections of Kolkhian axes; burial ground stocks aged with Late Bronze- Early Iron period; Golden and silver things of Antique period: golden breastplate, the fragment of golden bracelet (both of them are beautified with Almandine crystal); silver dish, measuring-glass; The water pipes, heads of the columns, the thing for incense, glass of the window, the brick for building; diversified numismatic collections: Kolkhian Tetri of VI-III centuries BC, golden coin of Alexander Macedonian; the coins of georgian Kings; Silver, rare European coins; well-known Rapier of Napoleon, many historical photos, documentary materials.

  • Ozurgeti Fine Art Gallery (ოზურგეთის სახვითი ხელოვნების ცენტრი), #6 Shota Rustaveli Str, +995 496 74542 (), [2]. Mo-Fr 10-17. free of charge. (41.92376,42.00522) edit
  • Ekvtime Takaishvili Archaeological Museum-Reserve (ექვთიმე თაყაიშვილის სახელობის არქეოლოგიური მუზეუმ-ნაკრძალი), #8 9th April Str, +995 590880118 (), [3]. Mo-Fr 10-17. free of charge. (41.9232,42.0013) edit

Here are archaeological artifacts exhibited, as well as an exhibition on the life of Ektwmie Takaischwili can be seen. Museum is located in old Gurian type wooden house, with fireplace and balcony.

Parks and gardens[edit]

Platanus garden

Ozurgeti is known for its gardens, some of them date back to XIX century. Scottish gardener Jacob Mar developed town garden in early 1810s fot his client Principal of Guria Mamia III Gurieli. That garden now is divided into three parts.

Theater building and has an open-air mini-football ground, there is, also, Statue of Alexander Tsutsunava, famous Georgian director, who was born in Ozurgeti and Ozurgeti dramatic Theater is named after him; and former, which is located in front of Dimitri Gurieli's palace. Slightly south of the park, a car-free area with a Soviet-era can be found.

Other parks are:

  • Park of Culture and Resort (ულტურისა და დასვენების პარკი), #2 Kostava Str, +995 551106194 (), [4]. 24/7. free of charge.  edit Created in 1930, it covers about 3 hectares and is located in front of town hall building, #2 Kostava Str. It is used as Children's Amusement Park. There is free WI-Fi available
  • Park of 9th April (ცხრა აპრილის პარკი). 24/7. free of charge.  edit located in the center of town, below of Museum and Public Service Hall
  • Ekadia Forest-Park. 24/7. free of charge.  edit located in the south of town, in Ekadia district. Forest-park was developed in 1960s, but now its not used. Good views of the town can be seen from the park.

Around the town[edit]

Shemoqmedi church
  • Shemokmedi Monastery (შემოქმედის მონასტერი), [5]. Saturday-Sunday. free of charge.  edit Middle Age monastery complex in Shemokmedi is located on the left bank of river Bzhuzhi, 8 km to the south-west from the town of Ozurget. The complex consists of three monument: XVI century bell tower, which was restored in 1831, and two attached cathedrals – XII century Basilica of Deity and a dome church called Zarzma. The latter was constructed by Vakhtang I Gurieli in 1572 to place there Transfiguration Icon bestowed in XVI century for the purpose of its security. Up to nowadays it is the oldest among the extant Georgian icons and is dated back to 886. As the legend goes, the icon bestowed from Zarzma in Akhaltsikhe was attached to the bull and, presumably, it was supposed to be placed exactly where a bull would stop. That is how this Icon appeared to get to Shemokmedi monastery.
Jumati monastery, 1877-1878
  • Jumati Monastery (ჯუმათის მონასტერი), [6]. Saturday-Sunday. This 16th-to-18th-century monastery is located on the hill in the village of Jumati, 14 km north of Ozurgeti. The monastery consists of a basilica of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, a bell tower and a wall. The facility was built in the early Middle Ages, while the frescoes date from the 16th to 18th centuries. The bell tower with a square base was built in 1904 and is partially destroyed today. Jumati Monastery was an important religious and cultural center of Guria. Here valuable icons, relics and documents, some of which also had secular significance, were kept. In the 20th century the monastery was robbed several times. Fragments of several icons from Jumati are now in the Hermitage at St. Petersburg, the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Beautiful views of Guria and Samegrelo lowlands and Black Sea can be seen from the hill. free of charge.  edit
  • Likhauri fortress (ლიხაურის ციხე და ეკლესია), [7]. Saturday-Sunday. ჲn the village of Likhauri, 5 km south of from Ozurgeti. The church is in the center of the village, while the fortress is to the west, on the hill. St. Mary's Church of Lichauri was built in the 12th century of carved stone. It has a free-standing bell tower. The fortress was built in the 12th century, allegedly by Queen Tamar, so it is also called the Fortress of Tamar. free of charge.  edit
  • Two Churches of Dvabzu (დვაბზუს ეკლესიები), [8]. Saturday-Sunday. Churches have local cultural heritage site status. free of charge.  edit
  • Chala Church Ruins (ჭალის ეკლესია), [9]. free of charge.  edit
  • Vashnari (ვაშნარი), [10]. Saturday-Sunday. Historic city consists of remains of a basilica, a monastery and civic buildings dating back to the 4th century and is located near the village of Gurianta, 6km west of Ozurgeti. free of charge.  edit
  • Askana fortress (ასკანის ციხე). With six-meter-high stone walls built in the 4th century. It is located in the village of Mtispiri, 16 km southeast of Ozurgeti. free of charge.  edit
  • Jikheti Monastery (ჯიხეთის მონასტერი). a XIX century monastery, is located 40 km northeast from Ozurgeti free of charge.  edit
  • Erketi monastery (ერკეთის მონასტერი). was built in the 9th century and is located in village Erketi, 32km east from Ozurgeti.  edit
  • Udabno Monastery (უდაბნოს მონასტერი). consist from two churches, one of them is caved. Monastery is located in village Shua Amaghleba, 35 km northeast from Ozurgeti  edit
  • Egnate Ninoshvili Museum (ეგნატე ნინოშვილის მუზეუმი). is located in village Archeuli, 30 km north from Ozurgeti. Egnate NInoshvili was most famous Gurian writer, one of the leaders of social-democratic movement of late XIX century in Russian Empire. Museum is organized in an old house, where Ninoshvili was born  edit
  • Our Saviors and Saint George churches, Aketi village. Village aketi is located 20km northeast from Ozurgeti. Saint George church was built in developed middle ages and Our Saviors church was built in 1899  edit
  • Eristavi Palace and garden. in Goraberezhouli, 25km northeast from Ozurgeti, is only remained secular sightseeing in Guria. The territory consists a garden, stone fence, and a palace. It is dated from XVII century.  edit
  • Chekhedana (ჩეხედანა), (vill. Tskhrapona, Kobuleti Municipality). Chekhedana church was built in 1609 by Mamia II Gurieli. The building was completely destroyed, then rebuilt in the 1990s. Free of charge.  edit
  • Mamukas Castle (მამუკას ციხე), (Alambari, Kobuleti Municipality). 18th-century castle, which was owned by Mamuka Tavdgiridze, was destroyed in 1959 because of earthquake. Only its south wall is still standing. Free of charge.  edit
  • Khino (ხინოწმინდა), (vill. Khino, Kobuleti Municipality). Khino Cathedral was one among three Eparchial Centers of Guria. Nowadays the village lies in Kintrishi Reserve. Free of charge.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]


view of Ozurgeti
  • Enjoy the views from Ekadia Church. This Orthodox church built in 2015 is located on the hill in southern part of the town, where a Medieval Orthodox church used to stand. Excellent views of the town can be seen from there.  edit
  • Cycle around the town there are no bike rentals. Bikes are sold in "Univermagi" for 250-300 lari.
  • Swim in the rivers. If you are brave enough, swimming in the river Bzhuzhi in the southern part of the town during hot summer days makes you feel local.
  • Fish in the small rivers such as Bzhizhi, Ochkhamura, Achi and Natanebi.

Festivals and performances[edit]

  • Ozurgeti Dramatic Theatre, 1 Chavchavadze Str. Nowadays the theater is only one working institution. The theatre hosts not only plays, but some concerts and performances as well. Information about upcoming events is available in front of the building on the information board.  edit
  • Alegro a city festival dates back from XIX century. Allegro takes place in the center of the town in early autumn, September or October
  • Giorgi Salukvadze Ethnographic Festival, in which the neighboring countries (Turkey, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan) participate, Is being held in the summertime
Sports Palace


Despite Georgia's failure to score a major success since independence, football (soccer) remain the most popular sport in the country, and Ozurgeti as well. The town has two major sports clubs - Mertskhali (the swallow), which has the home ground Megobroba (friendship) and Rugby club Piralebi (robbers), which has the home ground Zvani field. Sports Season in Georgia lasts from September to May.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Ozurgeti market
  • Chemi Marketi (ჩემი მარკეტი).  edit It is a main market to buy products, biggest market in Ozurgeti.
  • Bazaar (ბაზარი), Guria Street. everyday 8:00am - 16:00.  edit An open-air market - among other things there are sold fruits, vegetables, clothing, meat, cheese.
  • Univermag (უნივერმაღი), G, Chanturia Str.. everyday 9-18.  edit Old Soviet department store where is today Chinese rubbish mostly sold.
  • Univermag (უნივერმაღი), G, Chanturia Str.. everyday 9-18.  edit Old Soviet department store where is today Chinese rubbish mostly sold.
  • Maka&Maia (მაკამაია), Nakashidze #2.. everyday 24hours.  edit Market that is owned by two women, named after the names, not so big space but has most of the things you might need.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Restaurant ""

Eating in Ozurgeti is very cheap. Prices per person may be vary from US$7-12. Do not buy wine in restaurants, its better to buy wine in a shop and take it in restaurant. The best choices are Corn bread, cheese, cucumber and tomato salad, eggplant with nuts, barbecue, kebab, Khachapuri, Beef with potatoes (Ojakhuri), fried chicken in garlic (Shkmeruli).


  • Rvas + 1 (რვას+1), #3a Gabriel Episkoposi Str (lat=41.92405), +995557602183 (), [11].  edit Cafe has internet and library, is adapted for disabled people. Food is not expensive.
  • Khachapuri House (აჭაპურის სახლი), #2 Chavchavadze Str.  edit Cafe where Georgian national khachapuri and pizzas are sold.
  • Shaurma HUB (შაურმა ჰაბი), Aghmashenebeli Str, +995 514 06 39 39, [12]. 10AM-12AM |. 6, 8, or 10 GEL.  edit Offers only Shawarma (Kebab). Café has delivery service
  • Tiramisu (ტირამისუ), Chavchavadze street #2.  edit Cafe and cake shop


  • Natakhtari (ნატახტარი), Chavchavadze street, +995 790 324 355.  editGeorgian cuisine, beer on tap.
  • Kalakuri (ქალაქური), #2 Gabriel Episkoposi Str, +995592757878.  editAn Asiatic restaurant, with live music at evenings.
  • Gurge (გურჯი), #25 Gabriel Episkoposi Str, 995 591239320. everyday 9-23.  editRestaurants interior is covered with old items, wooden furniture and photographs from the 19th century depicting life in Ozurgeti.
  • Pirosmani (ფიროსმანი), Apolon Tsuladze Str.  edit Restaurant with Georgian cuisine.
  • Gurulebis Ezo (გურულების ეზო), #8 Guria Str, ", [13].  edit You will find here a pleasant and warm atmosphere and delicious Georgian cuisine, specifically Gurian dishes. The restaurant offers delivery service and its own parking place.

Drink[edit][add listing]

If you get invited in someones house, your host may also offer you Georgian "chacha," an outrageously potent vodka distilled from grapes.

  • Wine House (ღვინის სახლი), Bolkvadze Str. A well-stocked wine shop is located opposite the train station.  edit
  • TRAP lounge (""ტრეპ), 4 Chavchavadze Str, +995 551703001 (), [14]. 11 Am- 01 PM. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. Payments with Visa, American Express, MasterCard and cash. Take away service.  edit
  • Terrace Pub (პაბი ტერასა), #9 Dolidze Str, +995 599 30 04 05, [15]. 11 AM-22 PM. Lunch Menu 6 lari.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is only one hotel in Ozurgeti and some Guesthouses. Guesthouses are good opten for budget travelers. They are clean, safe and cheap and give opportunity, to meet local people. A wide range of accommodation are available in the beach resort towns Ureki and Kobuleti, where, however, many businesses are closed during winter.

  • S A M (სემი), 25 Guramishvili Str, +995 496261126 (), [16]. Opened in 2015, this is the only hotel in Ozurgeti.  edit
  • Guesthouse, Dimitri Bakradze Str, +995 593154345. 30-40 lari per night, breakfast included.  edit
  • Guesthouse, 55a David Aghmashenebeli Str, +995 496275411. 30-40 lari per night, breakfast included.  edit
  • Guesthouse, Gagma Dvabzu, +995 599787516. Very nice guesthouse with rural activities is located outside of town, in village Dvabzu. 30-40 lari per night, breakfast included.  edit


       See also: Georgian phrasebook

Gurians speak much more quickly than average Georgians from other regions, so it is more complicated to understand them. The older generation speaks Russian fluently, and Armenian as well. The younger generation now studies English. Almost every school in Ozurgeti has a native English-speaking teacher. There are some US and European volunteers who speak English as well. When in need for help, look for younger people; they are more likely to know some English.


There are no universities in the town. Only one technical school operates. Wide range of driving schools is in Ozurgeti. It seems easyer to get driver's license in Ozurgeti then in other towns in Georgia.


Working time in Ozurgeti starts at 09:00 or 10:00 and end at 16:00–18:00. Locals like to take an hour lunch break and enjoy their food while socializing with their co-workers. Approaches to punctuality used to be very relaxed. Summer (late July-August) and January are months when people take two weeks or a whole month off work to enjoy vacationing with family. A local wage in Ozurgeti will typically be around 300–400 lsri a month, with only a small section of public servants making in the range of 800–1000 lari a month.

Foreigners working in Ozurgeti are employed as volunteers. There are volunteers from the US Peace Corps and EVS (European Volunteering Service) volunteers from Poland, Germany, and Lithuania. These volunteers mostly work for the NGOs Young Pedagogues Union, Guria Youth Resource Center and Student Youth Council.


Free wireless internet is avilable in the Platanus garden and Culture and Resort Park, free internet is avialable in Public Service Hall, also.

  • USAID Center for Civic Engagement (დემოკრატიული ჩართულობის ცენტრი), 14 Chavchavadze Str, (), [17]. Everyday, except Sunday, 10AM-7PM. Free Internet, desktop computers, wireless Internet, skype and headsets.  edit
  • Internet Cafe, 4 Rustaveli Str. Windows XP, slow connection, skype, webcams and headsets 1 lari per hour.  edit
  • Internet Cafe, 2 Chavchavadze Str. Windows XP, skype, webcams and headsets 1 lari per hour.  edit
  • Georgian Post Service Center (საქართველოს ფოსტა), 2 Gogebashvili Str, [18]. The Postal Code of Ozurgeti is 3500.  edit

There are 3 GSM operators of mobile phone service: Magticom, Geocell and Beeline. Their offices are near each other on the Chavchavadze Str.

Stay safe[edit]

Ozurgeti is very safe for travelers. the crime rate is among the lowest in Europe. Most of the streets are illuminated at night. Police cars patrol the streets in the town and can help with any problem. Call 112 in any case of emergency (police, ambulance, fire).

  • Police (პოლიცია), 5 Chavchavadze Str, +995 496275342, [19].  edit

Stay healthy[edit]

Tap water is good for drinking in Ozurgeti. Ozurgeti has one of the best tap water among Georgia's cities.

You will find many gyms in the town. One of them is on the second floor of shopping mall on Eristavi Street, called My Fitness. Monthly ticket costs 70 lari. Olympic House is located on 26 Rustaveli Street. Monthly ticket costs 60 lari. There is a gym in Sports Palace is on the second floor. Ticket costs 50 lari and covers 12 visit to the gym. You can work out in Park of Culture and Resort, where open-air training equipment is available.

Modernized hospital is located on the "Seri" hill and is seen from the town center.

There are four pharmacies open 24/7, in front of "Bazari", GPC, PSP, Impex and Aversi.


There is no tourist office or travel agency in Ozurgeti. Nearest tourist offices are available in Ureki and Kobuleti, but only during summer.

  • Public Service Hall (იუსტიციის სახლი), 9 Petritsi Str, [20]. Mo-Fr 09 AM - 18 PM.  edit
  • Town Hall (ქალაქის მერია), 1 Kostava Str, +995 496274740, [21]. Mo-Fr 09 AM - 18 PM.  edit

Get out[edit]

In Guria[edit]

There are plenty of buses and minibuses to neighboring villages (generally 0.5-2 lari). Buses and minibuses leave from central bus station in the south part of the town, or from the station on Aghmashenebeli Str, near big roundabout. The best destination may include

Villages and rural tourism[edit]

Mountain resorts[edit]

Beach resorts (only in summer)[edit]

Other regions[edit]

Outside of the Guria region, popular destinations may include Kobuleti and Batumi. There are plenty minibuses, they leave in every hour from 8AM to 5PM to Batumi. Travel to Batumi costs 5 lari, to Kobuleti - 3 lari.

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