Sighnaghi Georgia Travel Guide A Vagabond Life
Sighnaghi Georgia Travel Guide
Sighnaghi Georgia Travel Guide – Sighnaghi is a walled hill top in the wine growing region of Khaketi and a popular tourist destination.
First recorded settlement of Sighnaghi dates back to the 18th century when King Heraclius II of Georgia sponsored the construction of the town and erected a fortress to defend the area from attacks by Dagestan tribes.
Sighnagi is a pretty town with a number of things to see and do and offers incredible views across the Alanazi valley.
A serious downside are the quad bikes that can be hired in the main street that roar up and down the narrow streets totally destroying the ambience of the town.
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Sighnaghi Georgia Travel Guide – Getting Around
Sighnaghi is a very small town and best way to get around the town is to walk. If you do not fancy walking the rather hilly terrain there is an open train like bus that trundles around the town.
As mentioned above there are quad bikes for hire in the main street which, in my opinion totally destroy the peace of the village so they are not something I recommend.
Weather – Signagi has a mild climate. with four distinct seasons, with winters being moderately cold while summers can be hot. The highest average temperature is in July at 24.3°C while the lowest average temperature is in January at 0.2°C. during the spring months and early summer.
The town gets extremely busy in the peak summer months of July and August with many tourists buses visiting the town from Tbilisi.
- 2 pants, include one black pair that can double as ‘good’
- 1 shorts
- 1 x singlets – good for layering and sleeping in
- 4 short sleeve tee shirts or shirts.
- 1 x long sleeve sloppy joe or similar
- 1 x polar fleece jumper
- 1 x zip-up shell jacket
- 1 x lightweight windproof raincoat
- 3 x socks
- 5 x underpants
- 2 x bra
- 1 x Northface Dipsea
- I x warm hat (if there in winter)
- 1 x sun hat (if there in summer
- 1 x warm gloves (if there in winter
- 1 x pair walking shoes
- 1 x pair flip flops (great for showers)
- Travel Towel
- Lush Bar Shampoo
- Bar of Soap
- Brush / Comb
- Hair Ties
- 1 x Earbud headphones. Light and small,
- 1 x 6S iPhone loaded with music and podcasts
- 1 x power bank
- 1 x GoPro Hero 5
- 2 x Spare GoPro Batteries
- 1 x LUMIX TZ80
- Spare micro SD Card
- 1 x headlight or torch **essential
- 1 x Swiss knife
- 1 x medical kit
- Refillable water bottle
Things To See & Do In Sighnaghi Georgia
Sighnaghi Old Town
Sighnaghi Georgia Old Town
On the edge of town and through an ancient gate in the wall is the oldest part of the town leading down to a church high on a rocky outcrop looking over the valley.
Along the road today are many shops and guest houses along with the pretty Saint George Church.
Sighnaghi Georgia War Memorial
In the centre of the town and just behind the little market under the trees is a large memorial dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Great Patriotic War 1941 – 1945.
The memorial is huge stretching many metres and very detailed.
Ride The Sighnaghi Zip Line
Sighnaghi Zip Line
For the more adventurous ride the zip line 400 metres for a cliff opposite the town to the town centre at 30 km an hour.
Alternately watch the activities from the cafe next door perched on the cliff offering views of both the town and the zip line.
Eat & Drink At Pheasants Tears
Sighnaghi Peasants Tears Restaurant
A wonderful restaurant set around a pretty courtyard that serves authentic Georgian food and wines from its vineyards. The Peasants Tears is well worth a visit while in Sighnaghi. Bookings are recommended as it gets busy.
Address: 18 Baratasvili Street. Sighnahghi, Georgia
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 12pm to 11pm. Kitchen closes at 10PM
Explore The Historic Buildings
Sighnaghi Abandoned Buildings
Throughout Georgia and across the ex soviet countries we have travelled in we have come across many abandoned buildings.
In Georgia many buildings belonged to the wealthy and were taken from them when the Bolsheviks came in 1921. In many instances the buildings lay empty for the 70+ years of Soviet rule then another 25+ while the countries struggled to rebuild themselves after the Soviet split.
Sighnaghi is no exception and has numerous empty and deserted buildings from this time, it is a fascinating glimpse into a turbulent past.
take In The Incredible View
Sighnaghi has incredible views from just about everywhere you go so wander the streets and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.
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