is the smallest, nevertheless very diverse region of Georgia. It stretches from the beaches of the Black Sea to the mountains of Meskheti Range. The main pillars of the region's economy are farming and tourism. Guria is famous for the mineral water of Nabeghlavi and the health sea resort of Ureki rich in black magnetic sand. During the Soviet Union times, Guria was a tea-growing region. In the course of the '90s, the tea plantations deteriorated and only a few years ago tea production started to flourish again.
Guria is mainly a place of rural and mountain tourism as well as beach and sea zone. Sandy beaches, warm sea, subtropical landscapes, picturesque villages with wooden houses and high corn barns, mountains and forests provide visitors with the opportunity of having both active rest and some laziness. Coming to prominence with the 2001 recording of his Night Sessions CD, Botti established a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop music for his ability to fuse both styles together.
Askana Castle - near Ozurgeti, high on a rock, the castle ruins oversee the valley and the river Bakhvickhali. There is a secret tunnel leading to the river from the castle. This could have been used for secret supplying of the castle if it was under siege. The castle underwent many reconstructions between the 10th and 19th centuries. Once the complex incorporated two towers, red marble chapel, and some wooden huts. Unfortunately, all the old constructions are ruined or damaged.
Ozurgeti Historical Museum - Ozurgeti is the administrative center of Guria. The Historical Museum of Ozurgeti has been founded in 1936. Nowadays it houses more than 6000 exhibits originating since 9th millennium BC until the 19th century. Numerous unique materials have been accumulated during nearly 80 years of the museum's history. One can find there 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 of Ureki- Tsvermagala aged with Late Bronze-Early Iron period. Golden and silver items of Antique period, as well as diversified numismatic collections, many historical photos and documentary materials, can also be seen there. The museum even houses the sword of Napoleon. (source: www.muzeumi.ozurgeti.info).
Shemokmedi Monastery Complex -beautifully situated Medieval monastery complex not far from Ozurgeti in a village of Shemokmedi (meaning; "Creator"). It consists of two temples built side by side and a bell tower. The basilica on the right (“Gvtaeba”) was built in the 12th century and the domed church on the left (“Zarzma”) in the 16th century. During the Middle Ages, it was one of the biggest cultural-educational centers in the region. The "Gvtaeba" temple housed a very rich library and served as a residence for archbishops as well as a burial place for the local nobility (source: georgia.travel).
Church of Archangels of Jumati Monastery - it's a Medieval church located high on mountain hills about 15km from Ozurgeti, near Chokhatauri. It used to be the residence of Archbishop of Guria. The region was very rich and prosperous, so the monastery apart from the sizable real estate had many precious icons as well. One of them was an 11th-century gold icon of St. George which was lost in a robbery. Ozurgeti Historical Museum - Ozurgeti is the administrative center of Guria. The museum is packed with archeological collections of weapons, sculptures, and currency from the Stone and Bronze Ages up to a 19th century. It even houses the sword of Napoleon. (source: www.georgia.travel).