A small town in the Samtskhe-Javakheti Region of Georgia, Abastumani is a real hidden gem. While the infrastructure might still be a work-in-progress, its natural beauty and spa climate makes sure that all guests are left pleased with their visit. It is about a 5-hour drive from Tbilisi, or approximately 2-hours from Borjomi.
Abastumani is frequently divided into two main parts, the village of Abastumani and the upper region where the Observatory is located. A cable car connects these two areas.
What to see in Abastumani
- Astrophysical Observatory –An enclosed territory which has two hotels, although not fancy, high among the pine trees and nature. There are great trails to hike and the serenity is a real treat. The best part is the Observatory which you can visit on a clear night and see the stars and sometimes even a planet. It’s far away from any roads and there are basically no cars, so kids can safely run aroundThe Sakalmakhe – A trout breeding pool with a restaurant next to a small lake, where it is possible to rent a boat. There is also some additional entertainment for children such as a trampoline, slides and swing. The sakalmakhe is about 10 minutes’ drive from the town center, so it is recommended to take a cab, or a tourist open bus is often available and fun.
- Rabati – The Rabati Castle is the most frequent stopping attraction on the road towards Abastumani, in Akhaltsikhe. This newly-renovated fortress houses lovely gardens, a museum, cafes, a church, mosque and many more brilliant and interesting things to discover.
The Best Time of Year to Visit: Summer.
How to Get there:
- Marshutka (minibus) or bus.
- The best way to get from the village to the Observatory by cable car.