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Samegrelo, in the west, is one of the oldest regions of Georgia, where the Megrelians live. These people are vivacious and talented; Samegrelo has produced many outstanding scientists and cultural representatives. It was one of the oldest principalities of Georgia belonging to the illustrious Dadiani family. The ‘Dadianis’ estate in Zugdidi is a historical monument now.
The Megrelian cuisine is considered to be some of the best, though it is very spicy for those used to more bland food. Near the town of Senaki, the ruins of the Acropolis of the former capital of the Egrisi Kingdom were discovered. It was known in the ancient world, and remained a large trading center until the Arabs’ raids. Today, there is an interesting open-air museum there.
Poti is known from ancient scriptures as being the important trading center on the Silk Road of ‘Phasis’. Directly behind Poti, on the Lake Paliastomi, begins the birdwatcher's paradise of the KOLKHETI NATIONAL PARK. The common pheasant, found across Europe and North America, is indigenous to the region. It originates from the Caucasian Phasianus Colchicus, named after the Phasis River — today’s Rioni River.
Dating back to the 17th century, the regional centre Zugdidi was residency to Megrelian princes. At the outset of the 19th century, the Dadianis constructed a magnificent garden around its palace, which Princess Ekaterina Chavchavadze further expanded upon.
Driving distance from Tbilisi to Zugdidi is 334 km (4 h 40 min)
Driving distance from Kutaisi to Zugdidi is 104 km (55 min)
Driving distance from Batumi to Zugdidi is 128 km (1 h 15 min)
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Georgian Tourism Association - GTA carries out projects to improve tourism development in Georgia in partnership with Department of Tourism and Resorts, Agency of Protected Areas, International Organizations (USAID/SME project, GTZ Private Sector Development project, GTZ regional communal development project, IUCN etc.), local partners (i.e. Elkana, Geoland) and member companies. GTA is the member of UNWTO Knowledge Network, of GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council), of GCCI (Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and member of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce).
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