According to the legend, in the V century, King Vakhtang Gorgasali found his hunting falcon poached in the hot sulfur waters and ordered to move the capital city to this place. He named the city – Tbilisi. The word “Tbili” translates as “Warm” so the name was most probably inspired by hot sulfurous springs that come natural in certain districts of the city.
The original place is located at the eastern bank of the Mtkvari river and is called abanotubani (bath district). The closer you get to ancient bath district, the better you smell sulfur. Sulfur helps protect your body against toxins in the environment. Sulfur baths also relieve pain and itching caused by hemorhoids. This water is perfect for nervous system, boosts blood circulation and has other positive effects on the human body. In every bath at Abanotubani you will find massage therapist called Mekise, who will give you a strong rub and clean your skin. Back in the days there were 63 baths in Tbilisi, nowadays most visited places are in Abanotubani: “Orbelian Bath”, “Royal Bath House”, “Sulphur baths”, “Bakhmaro baths” and the oldest “Bath house N5”, which is the cheapest and the oldest and it’s located right in the middle of Abanotubani. The more privacy and comfort you look for, the more money you should pay. Prices range from 6 to 50 USD.
Note that in sulfur bath women should wear swimsuits and men should wear swimming trunks. You can get all the bath accessories at the place, but bringing your own towel and footwear is highly advised.