Located in the heart of Svaneti, 1500 meters above sea level, Mestia is the center and cultural heart of the Svan people. Svans have their own traditions, unique architecture, cuisine, language which differs from official Georgian.

Only in 1935 a road was built to link Mestia with the outside world. The road was made and electricity was later brought to Mestia as well. By the way – only in 1968, it was granted a status of a townlet.

Nowdays Mestia becomes the main tourists’ attraction, it is being renovated and infrastructure developed. Due to renovated airport this former towlet becomes easy reachable, tourist come here not only in warm season when one can climb up to the mountains enjoy amazing mountainous landscapes and extraordinary architecture but in winter as well – recently here was opened modern skiing resort.

Despite its small size, the townlet was always an important centre of Georgian culture for centuries and contains a number of medieval monuments – churches and forts – included in a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Mestia is really worth to visit place, which welcomes its visitors with heartily local people, tasty cuisine, unique Svan towers-houses and unbelievable beautiful landscapes.