Zugdidi, Georgia 

The bustling main city of Samegrelo, Zugdidi is 108km northwest of Kutaisi. The nearest city to the Abkhazian border, it has absorbed a high number of refugees since the 1990s. It’s a stepping stone for getting to Svaneti or Abkhazia, and a base for exploring the less known attractions of Samegrelo.

The central boulevard, running southwest to northeast, is Zviad Gamsakhurdias gamziri, named after Megrelian Zviad Gamsakhurdia, post-Soviet Georgia’s ultra nationalist first president. The combined train and bus station is 1km west of here along Rustaveli.

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