Mestia Ski Resorts – a real skiers’ dream
Svaneti harbors the major Caucasus peaks and the largest glaciers, the total area of which equals 300 sq. km. They hang over the Caucasus Mountains like an icy crown.
Mestia is a highland town at an elevation of 1,500 meters in the Caucasus Mountains.
The town is situated 456 km from Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi and some 128 kilometers northeast of the regional capital of Zugdidi.
Historically and ethnographically, Mestia has always been regarded a chief community of Zemo, or Upper Svaneti province. It was formerly known as Seti.
The population is mostly Svans, a cultural and linguistic subgroup of the Georgians.
Despite its small size, the town was an important center of Georgian culture for centuries and contains a number of medieval monuments, such as churches and forts, included in a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.