Located 1,400m (4,600ft) high, Shatili is known to be one of the most valuable and outstanding examples of Georgian vernacular architecture. With its fortress-settlement and some 60 towers in it, Shatili is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007. This is the place (just 6km/3.8miles away from the border) that successfully served as a fortress, loyally protecting Georgia’s northern pass from invaders during history. Overlooking the river Arghuni, Shatili is placed on a rock. The towers built in stone – served both protective and residential functions. Those buildings underwent a lot of turmoil through centuries and luckily are still there. So we suggest you spend one night inside and enjoy Khevsurian breakfast in the morning. Locals have everything sorted out for visitors, so use your chance: who knows when you’ll get again to a fantastic place like this? From Shatili starts a long trekking route to Tusheti through Atsunta pass and Tebulo. You can also visit Mutso which is 12km/7.5miles away.
For spending a night in a historical tower in Shatili, contact the host: Shorena Chincharauli. Mob.: +995 598370317. There are 6 double rooms available: 1 night 30 GEL (15 USD) + breakfast & dinner 60 GEL (30 USD).
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Every autumn here is an event called “Shatiloba”. This is a day dedicated to Shatili. It involves everything authentic, from mountain horse racing to making Khinkali and heavy drinking. It is a wonderful occasion to meet locals and see how the village breathes. Khinkali here is AMAZING so do not hesitate to taste it!
Photo Credit: Sopo Chincharauli