Akhaldaba is located in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region, 13 kilometers from the town of Borjomi, and is spread on both banks of the Mtkvari River. It takes an hour and a half to get to Akhaldaba from Tbilisi, and a similar amount of time from Kutaisi.
In historical materials, Akhaldaba is first mentioned in the 12th century. In those days, it was a small town, which had strategic importance for trade relations. Later, Akhaldaba remained a small town during the feudal era as well.
A number of historic monuments are still preserved in Akhaldaba, including the remains of the 10th-century bridge and tower. However, the most remarkable monument is “Tamari’s Fortress.” This fortress is located in central Akhaldaba, on the top of a hill surrounded by forest. The fortress dates back to approximately the 9th-10th centuries.
Only the northeast side of the fortress has survived until today, and it is up to 10 meters high. According to archeological discoveries, it is most likely that the fortress was a large, logistic structure, with pits and reservoirs, and was designed to defend Nadzvi and Mtkvari Gorges, also central parts of Kartli region. The fortress would in fact block the entrance to Mtkvari Gorge.
You can find pine trees and sulfur treatment waters in Akhaldaba too, as well as broadleaf forests. Along with coniferous and broadleaf forests, Akhaldaba is rich in mineral waters.
If you are looking for an unforgettable and healthy vacation, then Akhaldaba is a prime option.