Zugdidi city is located 318 kilometers west of Tbilisi. It is located on the Colchid lowland 30 km from the Black Sea near the border with Abkhazia Zugdidi is one of the five largest cities of Georgia. Its population is over 70,000. The city is rather young (1918) although it is situated in the western part of Georgia, in Colchis whose history is very ancient. Therefore there is a great number of interesting ancient monuments in the vicinities of Zugdidi.
One of them is Dadiani Palace. This historical palace and now museum was the residence of Dadiani family – potentates of Samegrelo. The residence of the sovereign was first built by the ruler of Odishi, Levan II Dadiani (1611-1657). It is great architectural example, with great design and huge beautiful yard around it.
The museum is one of the oldest in the Caucasus region, and currently houses more than 41,000 items, ranging from the second millennium BC to the end of the 19th century AD. Some of the most interesting items include Napoleon’s death mask dated 1833, a Napoleonic library of several hundred volumes, private letters, and Napoleonic silver and chinaware.
This is a very picturesque and peaceful place for the lovers of the museums.
Anaklia is a seaside resort in Samegrelo region, at the boarder of Abkhazia, which currently occupied by Russia. Its coastline stretches 8 km along the Black Sea, and there are several modern hotels. At the western end of the promenade the longest pedestrian bridge in Europe (540 meters!) connects the resort to the village of Ganmukhuri, located on the opposite side of the Enguri River. Sandy beaches and sunny weather attract several music festivals to the town. As its popularity grows, Anaklia is poised to become the hottest new destination for summer holidays in Georgia.