Facts about Sighnaghi
The well-preserved city walls as well as the cobbled streets and lanes from the 18th century give the town its unique charm. During the last few years, Sighnaghi has also undergone an extensive refurbishment. Facades and entire houses have been renovated and a lot of new touristic infrastructure have been established. Nowadays Sighnaghi is an important tourist magnet of Georgia.
A small shop in the cobbled streets of Sighnaghi.
Sighnaghi is known as the city of love
Due to the picturesque setting and the romantic atmosphere Sighnaghi is extremely popular for couples willing to marry. This circumstance has brought the place the name «The city of love». In addition, in the City Hall people can get married around the clock for seven days and 24 hours.
View of the Alazani valley and the Greater Caucasus peaks in the background.
Bodbe Monastery near Sighnaghi
From a cultural point of view Sighnaghi has a lot to offer, too. The Sighnaghi Museum, a part of the Georgian National Museum, displays not only the town's history but also archaeological finds and works by Niko Pirosmani and Lado Gudiaschwili. In addition to the two Georgian Orthodox churches in the town, visitors are particularly fascinated by the nearby Bodbe Monastery, which can be reached by foot in about 25 minutes and where, according to a legend, Saint Nino is said to be buried.
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How to get to Sighnaghi
From Tbilisi you will reach Sighnaghi within 1h 45min. The distance is 110 km. From Telavi to Sighnaghi it only takes half an hour.
There are minibusses (Marshrutkas) from Isani bus station in Tbilisi. The trip to Sighnaghi takes about two hours and costs around 10 GEL (4 EUR).
The closest airport is the one in Tbilisi. From there it takes you by car 1.5 hours, the distance is 98 km.
Sighnaghi is not connected with the Georgian railway system. This is why there are no trains to Sighnaghi.