United Nations World Tourism Organization names Mestia among the Best Tourism Villages of 2022.
“Mestia, with its fascinating nature and rich history has remarkable monuments of Georgian architecture and ethnography including churches, monasteries, traditional towers, and local buildings. The village has a diverse landscape, rich in forest areas and alpine zones and is famous for attracting world-renowned sports championships.
A hiking and trekking paradise over the snowy mountains in Mestia offers skiing and snowboarding for eight months of the year,” the WTO said.
The Best Tourism Villages aims to recognize a village which is an outstanding example of a rural tourism destination with recognized cultural and natural assets, that preserves and promotes community-based values, products and lifestyle and has a clear commitment to sustainability in all its aspects – economic, social and environmental, with the fundamental aim of making tourism one of the drivers of positive transformation, rural development and community well-being.