High up in the hills of the Gombori Range lies a small, unassuming town. The cobble-stone streets roll up and down the undulating terrain and pastel-coloured houses and restaurants line the roads. Restaurants selling home-made khinkali and boutique wine stores entice each passerby inside, while the views from beside the Town Hall over the Alazani Valley towards the Caucus Mountains evoke a sense of awe.
Signagi (or Signaghi) is a picturesque village in the east of Georgia that is a must-see for wine-connoisseurs, history buffs and anyone that likes hearty food and magnificent views.
The best way to get from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, to Signagi is by car. Simply because the rolling green hills and lush valleys should be appreciated up-close with the chance to stop and take pictures when desired.
The drive is especially beautiful in spring when the green fields are dotted with yellow daisies and red poppies and vineyard-filled valleys stretch out before your very eyes.
As you near the town, the road narrows and starts twisting and turning up the hill, passing small village houses with smaller vineyards. Finally, the red rooves of Signagi’s main buildings come into view. It’s a delightful sight that really deserves a stop and a few pictures.
However, given the delectable wine that is on offer in Signagi (and almost everywhere else in Georgia), it might be wise to have a designated driver for the day so you can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere with a nice glass of Kakhetian wine in your hand.
Signagi is perfect for a day trip but could easily provide entertainment for two or three days. A walk around the town will lead you to the old city wall, built in the 18th century. Part of it can be climbed, enhancing the views of the gorgeous green valley and fierce Caucus mountains.
There are several restaurants whose dining areas look out over this valley. The town is also home to several Orthodox churches and several interesting sculptures that will arouse a sense of nostalgia for those who have seen “Don’t Grieve”.
Local markets can also be found in the main square and down various side street. Seek and you shall find something charming around every corner. Most importantly, the town of Signagi has a truly peaceful atmosphere that makes you slow down and admire your surroundings. Everything is slow and calm and beautiful and therefore this is one place you don’t want to rush if you’re travelling around Georgia.
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