On the coast of the Black Sea. Batumi.
Batumi is a resort city in Adjara region, southwest Georgia, near the Black Sea, which attracts its guests with a mild climate and beautiful nature. More than 2.5 million holidaymakers visit this city annually, and they can take a stroll through the longest boulevard in the world, enjoy the Black Sea, or just wander around distant districts.
You can reach Batumi from Kutaisi city, by minibus, by train or just hire one of the local Georgians who offer their services at the airport. The journey with a car frustrated me, because the quality of the roads was poor, we drove for a long time, the distance was about 150 km, and there was not many sights that could rivet my glance to the window.
In addition to being able to enjoy the Black Sea and its long beach line, I suggest visiting in Batumi:
Take a walk along the world’s longest boulevard, it’s really modern, many palm trees, magnolias are planted around, and when you are tired, sit back on one of the nearby benches or sunbeds and just take a rest. There are many sculptures, fountains, monuments, florist islets. The history of the boulevard had begun in 1881, when the French had started construction works. It is one of the most attractive and most visited places in the city. Also, it is essential to take a look at Tamara Kvesitadze’s sculpture “Love” at the beginning of the boulevard, consisting of moving silhouettes of a man and a woman who merge together after 10 minutes.
Dancing fountain. Fitted in the lake Ardagan in 2009; when the sun comes down, you will see the fountain “dance” to the pop, rock or classical melody, and the impression will be deepened by light installations of various colors.
Botanical garden. Officially opened on November the 3rd, 1912, occupying an area of 111 hectares park has no analogues in the world, because plants of different climatic zone grow there together – Japanese sakura and Canary Island palm trees grow under the same conditions, and there are also countless flowering plants.
The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is neo-Gothic cathedral built in 1898-1903, St. John and St. Andrew’s statues are located above the main entrance. Currently, the ownership of the building was transferred to the Georgian Orthodox Church.
The market is near the train station; here you will definitely find what to bring to your relatives and friends, lots of spices, teas, fruits, nuts, i.e. everything you need. Of course, do not forget to bargain, after all, you are at the market.
In Batumi, you can taste traditional Georgian cuisine, wine, and if you miss the “unhealthy” food, you can taste kebabs or go to the Mcdonald’s restaurant, besides, its design is very beautiful and interesting.
Economy class hotel in Batumi: Hotel Tsereteli Palace