Mestia is the main settlement in the Upper Svaneti region of Georgia. It is a small city of 2600 inhabitants, located in a valley at 1500m of altitude. All over Mestia there are medieval Svan towers, which were used in the past for defensive purposes. Mestia has a small airport with daily flights to Kutaisi and Tbilisi, operated by Vanilla Sky. The city has a number of hotels and guesthouses and is the main tourist centre in the region. Around Mestia are several over 4000m high peaks and a number of trails. A number of walking routes to the nearby mountains are available. Besides the plane, it is possible to access Mestia by a road to Zugdidi.
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