This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sighnaghi. To help you make friends with Sighnaghi before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Sighnaghi is one of the smallest and indisputably the prettiest towns in Georgia; sitting on a cliff overlooking the Alazani Valley and surrounded by a picturesque town wall, Sighnaghi feels significantly Italian.
Sighnaghi is located in the Kakheti region, the easternmost province of Georgia, which is famous for its old wine-making traditions. It can be easily reached by a two-hour minibus ride from Tbilisi and is therefore often visited on a day trip from the capital. Nevertheless, spending at least one night in Sighnaghi is recommended as the town gets incredibly cute by sundown when the day trippers are gone.
As there are not many must-sees in the tiny village, Sighnaghi is a perfect town for just wandering around on the cobbled streets, dropping in silent churches, and enjoying the Mediterranean atmosphere. One day is more than enough for exploring the historical setting, but winery tours and day trips to nature parks can be conveniently organised on-spot.
Sighnaghi is lacking neither good restaurants nor accommodation choices. Hotels are plentiful and so are B&Bs, guesthouses, and hostels in Sighnaghi as well. Breakfast and other home-cooked meals are usually available by request and they offer a tasty and truly Georgian alternative to the local eateries.
As only a few of the numerous guesthouses and Sighnaghi hostels can be booked online, shopping around in the village can be considered as the best way of finding the most suitable accommodation option. If tired, desperate or arriving late, let the elderly ladies renting out private rooms find you at the bus station or inquire at the tourist information center. Advance booking is strongly recommended for groups, though.
Written by local enthusiast for Sighnaghi hostelsLotta Kauppi