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Visit Batumi and Surroundings: Welcome to the little Black Sea Dubai

In the distance, the Batumi skyscrapers add a little Dubai touch. It is as if the authorities planned to create a new version of this city in the Black Sea. Go nearer and you’ll find that its streets are full of life, its cafes are overflowing, and people leisurely walk along the seafront at sunset. Some people go to their houses to have a shower and they continue partying all night. Others have dinner on the terraces overlooking the sea.

Batumi is the capital of the autonomous republic of Adjara and it is definitely a wonderful city to visit. It is also the epicenter of sun and beach tourism in Georgia and the third-largest city in the country. Aside from that, it is known as ‘The Pearl of the Black Sea’. There are about 130,000 inhabitants in the city and it is the country’s main seaport.

During the last decade, there has been a real estate boom and large hotels and second residences have grown quickly in Batumi. However, the historic center still retains many 19th-century buildings that add a distinguished look to it.

You’ll find a good range of leisure activities, restaurants, pubs, discos, and accommodations here. In summer, life moves between the boulevard, the old part, the Rustaveli and Chavchavadze streets, and 6 May Park.

History

Batumi is a city with a long history behind it. Aristotle quoted it in the fourth century B.C. as the city of Colchis called Batusi, which means deep. However, recent archaeological discoveries suggest that it was inhabited for 3,000 or 4,000 years. In the seventeenth century, the Turks captured it and they transformed it into the city of Niva, a small town dedicated to fishing.

The Turks were in power for nearly 300 years until in 1878 when the Russian General Sviatipolk Mirski took it for the Tsar and he integrated it back into Georgia. Thereafter, everything changed at the speed of lightning. It was declared a free port and it began to increase its income thanks to trade.

This city was where the pipeline from the oil wells of the Caspian flowed and a refinery was built here. In 1883, the railway brought it. Not long after, the area was changed into a modern European-style city. This was the first urban boom in Batumi. Between 1878 and 1903, it is estimated that the population grew from 3,000 to 30,000 inhabitants.

Later, the Soviet invasion arrived and the city went through a stand-by period until the Government of Tbilisi, after overthrowing Abashidze in 2004, conducted a number of reforms to boost the city again. They turned it into a Trade Centre and a hub for Georgian tourism. What was the result of these reforms? The city is now experiencing its second golden age and it has become fashionable among the middle class and upper-class people of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran, and Turkey.

Adjara

Since the loss of Abkhazia, to speak of Adjara (also known as Ajara) is to do so from a region that has become Georgia’s quintessential sun and beach destination, and a landmark in the Black Sea.

It occupies the southwestern corner of the country and each summer coastal towns of Batumi, Kvariati, Sarpi, Gonio, Tsikhisdziri, Mtsvane Kontskhi (Cape Verde), and Kobuleti attract a flood of Armenians, Turks, Russians, Azeris, and Georgians from the interior who come to ‘disconnect’, enjoy themselves, and recharge their energies. The city’s tourism, although seasonal, is very developed, and the coast offers a large offer of accommodation, leisure, and relaxation.

Although Batumi has very rocky beaches, its landscapes are outstanding. The blue water mixes with the intense green of the Caucasus Mountains, which collapse on the sea. In addition, its orientation towards the west provides the perfect sunsets. It has a subtropical climate as well and the humidity is sometimes a bit suffocating in summer.

If the taste of summer on the coast is not enough, add to your vacation a visit to the city’s interior full of picturesque villages and mountains of more than 3,000 meters (9842 feet tall). Batumi is a very attractive territory and there are so many things to see and enjoy here.

For three centuries, Adjara was ruled by the Ottomans. The result of this contact with Islam is that 30% of its population still professes the Muslim religion – although they are ethnically Georgian and they speak Georgian. The majority of Muslims live in the mountains of the interior and coexists peacefully with their Christian neighbors.

If you are interested in getting to know this other side of Adjara, which is far from the clubs and hotel complexes, you should visit the remote area of Khulo. There are good connections via Marshrutkas although the road is uneven and there are some unasphalted strips.

Since 1921, Adjara is an autonomous republic within Georgia. The status was granted by the Soviet authorities due to its religious particularity. After the collapse of the USSR, the region was ruled by Aslan Abashidze, who led in an overbearing manner until 2004.

The president had the support of Russia. He created his own militia and he used the area as a fief of his own corruptions. During those years, Adjara worked outside of Tbilisi. But everything changed after the Rose Revolution. In 2004, the new president, Saakashvili, sent the local government an ultimatum to return to the constitutional regime.

The ghost of a new secessionist confrontation flew over the country for a few days. Fortunately, the Kremlin withdrew their support and Abashidze went into exile in Russia. Today, Adjara is back to normal and it is one of the powerful engines of the Georgian economy.  

What to See in Batumi?

St. Nicholas Church

The church dates back to 1865. It was built with the blessing of the Sultan. At first, it was considered a Greek Catholic church but it was known as the Russian Orthodox Church in 1879. The building was restored in 2012 and today it is one of the most important place of worship in Batumi.

Ortajame Mosque

Address: 4 Chkalov Street

It is a haven of peace in the middle of Batumi. It is the only mosque in the city that remains standing and it dates from 1886. With the arrival of the Soviets, it was no longer used as a sacred place.

Nowadays, it has returned to his spiritual activity. You can visit it and its interior is decorated with bright colors. This mosque is one of the most unusual places of Batumi and on Fridays, it is filled with the faithful who have answered the call of prayer.

Armenian Apostolic Church of Batumi

Address: 25 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia Street

8% of the population of Batumi is of Armenian descent and this sanctuary is their meeting point. In this same place, a wooden temple was inaugurated in 1873 and it was burned twelve years later. Shortly after, the current building was constructed thanks to donations from the citizens. During the Soviet era, it was transformed into a planetarium but masses were officiated again here in 1992.

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

Address: 51 D.Davdvulli Street

This dates from 1898 and it was initially a Catholic temple built with the funding of the Zubalashvili brothers, great followers of the Vatican doctrine, after receiving the requests of the consulates. It has a neo-Gothic style. During the Soviet period, the building was transformed into a file. Recently, the Government transferred the building to the Orthodox Church.

Cable Car

Address: Gogebashvili Street
Price: 15 GEL

The Batumi cable car takes you to the top of one of the hills surrounding the city. Beautiful views and sunsets can be enjoyed from up there.  

The Boulevard

It is the place of recreation for holidaymakers and locals. It is a garden area full of bars, cafes, and restaurants extending along seven kilometers (four miles) parallel to the beach. Its seafront runs from one end to the other.

Tower of Letters

At the northern end, a giant Ferris wheel with beautiful views of the city rises. One of the new icons of the city stands next to it – the Tower of Letters. The structure is a creation of the Spanish Alberto Domingo Cabo. Its 145 meters (475 feet tall) is a tribute to the Georgian alphabet, one of the 14 existing in the world. The structure is topped by a sphere that houses a revolving restaurant, an observatory, and a TV studio.

The Statue of Ali y Nino

It is located a short distance away from the Tower of Letters. The protagonists of the novel by Kurban Said represent the union between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam. As soon as the sun goes down, the lights illuminate the figures of the Romeo and Juliet of the Caucasus and both merge into an eternal kiss.

Dancing Fountain

Three miles away, just at the southern end of the boulevard, every day from 9:00 p.m. there is the Dancing Fountain show, which mixes the movement of water with light and music.

They say that the Batumi Tower (672 feet and 35 floors) is a miniature Empire State Building. It is the tallest skyscraper in Georgia, and it has a small Ferris wheel at the top. Its construction was uncontroversial. What at first was going to be a community college has ended up being sold to a hotel business group at 25 million dollars.

The Black Sea

When the Greeks began to colonize the Black Sea, they called it the Ponto Euxinos or the Hospitable Sea. Until then, they considered it a cold and desolate place that they transformed into an object of their myths and legends.

They said that in order to enter its waters, you have to avoid the Symplegades, which are two rocks flanking the Bosphorus Strait. These rocks were believed to confound any ship that tries to surpass them by destroying the ships and destroying their crew.

In fact, according to Hellenic mythology, the first people to escape this stumbling block were Jason and the Argonauts. Little by little, the Greeks lost their fear of the Symplegades and they eventually transformed the area into their base of operations just as they did the Mediterranean. They created colonies along its coast, encouraging trade and the development of the tribes who were living there.

There are many theories about why it is called the Black Sea. Some believe that it derives from the fact that its visibility is much lower than Mediterranean waters. Others point to the fact that the black name can be an old assignment by colors of the cardinal points in which this color would indicate the north.

It is a sea within another sea that is connected to the ocean through the Bosphorus Strait, the Dardanelles, and the Gibraltar Straits. In addition, the Kerch Strait connects in turn with another smaller inner sea, Azov Sea. It has an area of 436,350 km² and a maximum of 2,214 meters depth (7263 feet).

The greatest length, from East to West, is about 1,175 km (730 miles). The countries that border it are Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia. Among the most famous cities that settle on its coastline are Istanbul, Odessa, Sukhumi, Sochi, Batumi, Yalta and Trebizonda.

The Black Sea has some saline waters than the Mediterranean’s and it is nourished mainly by the contribution of the Danube or the Dnieper River. Life is only possible in areas close to the surface since oxygen is drastically reduced after 200 meters and sulfides increase.

Pollution problems derived from the rapid industrialization during the last half of the 20th century caused some species living here to be on the verge of extinction. Nowadays, there are some types of dolphins, tuna, mackerel, catfish, anchovies, and sardines, but the number of fishermen successfully catching fish has reduced dramatically. Another of its major problems is the jellyfish plagues, which has changed the ecosystem of some areas.

The tides here are very gentle and although it has been described as a dangerous sea, the truth is that it usually has some moderate waves. Its temperature is high and in the area of Georgia. During the summer, it ranges between 25 and 29 degrees (77°F and 84.2°F), which makes the sea perfect for swimming.

Gardens and Parks

6 May Park

This is a huge park in the downtown with its own lake and where a dolphinarium, an aquarium, and a small zoo have been built.

Museums

Ajara Art Museum

Address: 8 Zurab Gorgiladze Street
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Price: 2 GEL

Here you will find 32 paintings and 14 sculptures by the 19th-century and 20th-century Georgian artists such as Gudashvili, Kakabadze, and Pirosmani. The first floor is used to host temporary exhibitions.

Adjara Khariton Akhvlediani State Museum

Address: 4 Khariton Akhvlediani Street
Opening Hours: every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This is the regional museum of History, Archeology, and Ethnography. If you visit it, you will be able to better understand the cultural peculiarities of this autonomous republic. The first floor is dedicated to the botany and fauna of the area. We highly recommend taking the time to examine the strange collection of Black Sea fish. The upstairs shows a collection of historical articles from the Ottoman occupation until nowadays. Fun fact: the museum houses the remains of a giant whale.

Practical Information

Batumi Tourist Office

Address: 2 Ninashvili Street
Summertime: from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Phone: +995 5 77 90 90 91.
E.mail: tic@gobatumi.com 
They are very professional and efficient people. They offer all kinds of information and they are responsible for the municipal bicycle rental service. The Batumi tourist office is located on the boulevard.

Relevant web sites

  • www.gobatumi.com – This is the official tourism website of Ajara. With this platform, you will have almost everything you need to prepare your stay in just one click.
  • www.georgia-sea.com – This page is a dedicated platform on the Georgian coast. It offers general information and a powerful database of hotels and guesthouses in the cities of the Black Sea coast.
  • www.batumi.ge   – This is the digital platform of the Batumi City Hall.

Hospitals

Batumi Referral Hospital

Address: 125 Bagrationi Street

Car Rental

Hertz

Address: 1 Ninoshvili Street (Batumi)
Phone: +995 597994453

Opening Hours: from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Hertz office is at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi.

Transportation

Internal Marshrutkas

Most minibusses leave from the central station (1 Maiakovski Street), which is behind the Catholic Church.

  • Batumi-Tbilisi: there are seven a day, practically every hour (20-25 GEL).
  • Batumi-Kutaisi: practically every hour (10 GEL).
  • Batumi-Mestia: there is a direct marshrutka leaving daily at 3:00 p.m (30 GEL).
  • Batumi-Zugdidi: 5 marshrutkas throughout the day.
  • Batumi-Poti: every hour (6 GEL).
  • Batumi-Akhaltsikhe (to Khashuri and Borjomi): two marshrutkas in the morning at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (6 GEL). Be careful, the road can be closed by snow in winter.
  • Batumi-Khulo: with some regularity (practically every half hour) from 7:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (5 GEL).
  • Batumi-Sarpi: every 20 minutes from 88 Tbilisi Square (1 GEL). The buses 16 and 17 (80 tetri) also travel there

International Marshrutkas :

  • Batumi-Istanbul: there are two buses a day (60-80 GEL). They leave from the vicinity of Luks Karadeniz, Golden station.
  • Batumi-Trabzon: they leave practically every hour in summer.
  • Batumi-Yerevan: they leave every day at 8:00 a.m. from Gogolis Street 1 (80 GEL)

Trains

  • Batumi-Tbilisi: in the mornings (7:30 a.m.), in the afternoon (5:55 p.m.).
  • Batumi-Kutaisi: a primera hora de la mañana (8:35 GEL).

Airplane

Batumi airport is the second airdrome in the country in terms of traffic. It has connections with Tbilisi, Istanbul, Warsaw, Tel-Aviv, Minsk, Moscow, and Kiev.

There are flights for 90 GEL from Tbilisi to Batumi operated by Vanilla Sky (www.vanillasky.ge) and Georgian Airways (www.georgian-airways.com). They usually leave on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, although in summer the frequency may increase.

Accommodation

Cheap Lodging

Batumi Hostel

Address: 10 Lermontovi Street
Phone: +995 422 29 42 86.
This is a central family hostel, cheap, with a dormitory for ten people (15 GEL/person) and private double rooms (40 GEL). The bathrooms are shared. There is usually a good atmosphere. It was the first hostel in Batumi, opened in 2009. It is situated near the Archaeological Museum.

Batumi Surf Hostel

Address: 33 Melashvili Street.
Phone: +995 599 10 40 94 .
E-mail: batumisurf@gmail.com

This is a recently opened, modern, clean and surf-themed hostel. They offer shared rooms for 6, 8, and 4 people. They have a fully equipped shared kitchen, bar, and a small yard to socialize in.

Batumi Globus Hostel

Address: 54 Mazniashvili Street
Phone: +995 422 27 67 21.
E-mail: hostelglobus@gmail.com

Shared and private rooms with shared bathrooms, and air conditioning (20-30GEL). Inside, they have their own yard with umbrellas and a bar for guests, perfect for socializing. It is located in the old town. For more information: www.hostelbatumi-globus.com

Gulnasi´s Guesthouse

Address: 24/A Lermontov Street
Phone: +995 5 57 96 58 59.
E-mail: homestay@mail.ru 

Expect an international atmosphere in one of the most famous guesthouses in Batumi. You’ll find shared and private rooms in a typical three-story house, a common kitchen, yard with tables, cleaning service, and good treatment from the staff (20-25 GEL).

The family that owns this guesthouse produce their own wine which they offer to their guests. The family speaks English and they advise you on which places you should visit. They also organise tours of the interior area of Batumi. In the same street, there are two numbers 24, so do not get confused. The guesthouse has the black iron door.

Medium Price Lodging

Hotel Elegant

Address: 68 Vakhtang Gorgasali Street
Phone: +995 599 560301 / +995 422 27 48 41
E-mail: elegant-elegant@rumbler.ru

It is a boutique hotel with six rooms downtown, ten minutes from the beach and the main attractions of the city. Good value for money in a historic building. Friendly staff. Each room is decorated in unique ways. They are comfortable, and they have all the comforts of a quality hotel. There are double rooms, deluxe, and suites. Prices: from 140 to 180 GEL.

Expensive Lodging

Brighton Hotel

Address. 10 Dumbadze Street
Phone: +995 557 68 28 28
E-mail: info@brighton.ge

This is close to Europa Square and 5 minutes from the beach. It opened in 2011. It has a roof terrace with beautiful views of the city. The hotel has comfortable and well-decorated rooms. Prices in high season are 160-220 GEL, depending on the type of room.

Luxury Lodging

Radisson Batumi Hotel

Address: 1 Ninoshvili Street
Phone: +995 422 255 555
Price: from $225 to $515, VAT not included

Luxury, comfort, and spectacular views of the city are what you will find here. The Radisson hotel has it all. Their restaurant organises live music twice a week. They even have a SPA and two swimming pools.

Sheraton Batumi Hotel

Address: 28 Rustaveli Street

Phone. +995 422 22 900.

Famous people the likes of singers Sting and Enrique Iglesias and soccer players like Roberto Carlos have stayed here. The hotel has non-smoking rooms and two swimming pools. The price varies according to the type of room (295-570 GEL in high season). For more information: www.sheraton.com/batumi

Restaurants

Medium Price Restaurants

Radio Café & Bar

Address: 11 Rustaveli Street
Phone: +995 555 97 49 77

It is a small but friendly restaurant & bar specializing in European cuisine: good pasta dishes, salads, meats, and soups. The menu is in English. It is a good option if you are looking for something different from the typical Georgian recipes. The staff is friendly and helpful. They serve lunches, dinners, and it’s also a good place to have a coffee.  

Grill Town

Address: 28 Rustaveli Street.
Average price per person: 40 GEL

Popular traditional food restaurant in Batumi. It occupies a large room, with a pretty, modern, and contemporary decoration – European style. They also include some international dishes on the menu. They have a very nice terrace on the street side. It is perfect for a drink in the summer. 

Fan Fan

Address: 27 Ninoshvili Street

They have a limited but very tasty menu. Fan Fan serves regional and delicate cuisine and with creative touches. They also have some international dishes. It occupies a chic place in an old brick building in the downtown. Vintage and personal decoration, with staff that speak English. Good atmosphere. You should make a reservation in advance. Average price per person: 38 GEL.

Ajarian Wine House

Address: 10 Khimshiashvili Street
Phone: +995 422 21 18 18
Opening Hours: from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

It is a classic. This is a restaurant with regional cuisine from Adjara and a classic from Batumi. It is on the beachfront, in the area of the new boulevard. They are doing excellently with some of the local recipes. Some of the dishes that you should not miss are the achma, doshorva, borano with nadughi, or the sinori. In the front lawn, they present a small exhibition of the traditional architecture of the region. The staff doesn’t speak English that much.

Having a Couple of Drinks

Cheap Bar

Kafé Literaturuli

Address: 18 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia Street
Opening Hours: from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This is a mix of coffee and bookshop with sofas to relax in and there is a terrace, too. Good music and a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for chatting. It has a varied menu of coffees and teas, pies, tarts, cakes, and other sugary delicacies. There are also salads, soups, pizzas, and tortillas. You can find the cafe downtown.

Café Privetz Iz Batuma

Address: 39 Memed Abashidze Avenue
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This is a famous cafe-restaurant in the historic center decorated as the typical European coffee place of the late nineteenth century. It has a small exhibition of cameras. It specializes in international cuisine and homemade pastries. They have a wide range of menu items, from gazpacho to pasta, salads, milkshakes, sandwiches and ice cream. Its terrace is a good place to have a drink in the evening.

Partying in Batumi

The downtown of Batumi becomes one of the epicenters of partying in the Black Sea during the summer nights. The capital of Adjara is transformed into a young, dynamic city with a tendency towards insomnia! The core of the clubbing and disco scene is concentrated on the boulevard.

You can find a multitude of bars downtown that usually close between 1:00 and 2:00. There are a few places to continue the party that is renewed year after year. They are clubs on the beach where electronic music and live performances are replete. Some of them are open throughout the day, and they have a pool with sunbeds.

These places are perfect to have a drink watching the perfect Batumi sunsets. The entrance price is around 10-15 GEL for women and 20-25 GEL for men. The most famous places are New Soho, Mandarin, Sector 26, Discorium, and Take Five.

Activities

Aquapark

Address: 20 Khimshiashvili Street
Opening Hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Price: 40 GEL

It is not very big nor is it the best aquapark in the world, but you have different slides of different heights, several swimming pools, a bar, cafeteria and children’s area. It is next to the beach. We think it is expensive for what it has to offer though.

Delfinarium

Address: 6 May Park.
Phone: +995 422 22 17 30
E-mail: office@parkbatumi.ge

This place offers three shows a day in summer: at 2:00 p.m., at 5:00 p.m. and at 9:00 p.m. (Mondays at 4:00 p.m. and 9 p.m.). Ticket price: 15 GEL. There is also the possibility of swimming for 15 minutes with the dolphins for 150 GEL.

Batumi Diving Center

Phone: +995 5 68 821 495
Address: Andria Pirvelwodebuli Street (S2 road), Kvariati Street (Batumi)

E-mail: info@batumidivingcenter.com

The diving center is located in the village of Kvariati, 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of Batumi. They offer classes for beginners and all the necessary equipment for all experienced divers to rent.

The staff is multilingual. You can check the tourism office mentioned above to make sure this place is still open.     

Festivals

International Black Sea Jazz Festival

In July, Batumi becomes the epicenter of jazz in Europe. They bring renowned artists and it is a magnet for jazz lovers. Normally, jazz is celebrated in the middle of the month, and the chosen place is the Batumi tennis club. However, there are concerts and live performances in many bars and clubs in the city.

Batumi Surroundings

Botanical Garden

Summertime: from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price of the entrance: 8 GEL. It is worth visiting.

The botanical garden showcases a great diversity of subtropical flora and there are species from across the world. It is located in an ideal place, at the edge of the sea and surrounded by lush vegetation. The place is called Cape Verde, and it’s a wonderful spot.

It is five miles north of Batumi, in the town of Mtsvane Khontsi. It is divided into three zones – low, medium and high – and nine floral sectors: subtropical species from the Caucasus, East Asia, New Zealand, South America, Himalayas, Mexico, Australia, and the Mediterranean. If you want to get there, you have to take bus number 15 or a taxi.

Gonio-Apsarus Fortress

Opening Hours: every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: 3 GEL

This fortress was created by the Romans in the first century. It occupies an area of 475 hectares and is located in the coastal town of Gonio, 7 miles south of Batumi along the road to Turkey. Its solid walls form a rectangle of 222 x 195 meters punctuated by 18 defensive towers.

Inside there is a museum and several archaeological sites. The origin of the place is directly linked to the myth of the Argonauts. Apparently, when Jason stole the Golden Fleece and went out into the ocean to Greece, the son of King Aeëtes pursued him and overtook him.

Then, Jason came up with an idea. He invited him to his ship and he killed him. Afterward, he dismembered him and he threw his remains into the sea. While the enemy was busy rescuing pieces of the prince’s body, Jason fled.

Gonio, along with Kvariati and Sarpi, offers a beautiful, steep and much less crowded coastline. Do stop by around here if you can.

Kvariati

On the same road, a few kilometers beyond Gonio is the small coastal town of Kvariati. It is much less crowded than Batumi but it also has a good hotel offer.

The coast is abrupt, with mountains full of vegetation and dotted with pretty villas adding a slight Amalfitan touch. Kvariati is one of the most beautiful coastal towns. It is divided into the area of the beach, and the area of the hills with villas dotting its sides.

If you want to get there, you have to take the minibus to Sarpi. You can stay at the Cameo Hotel (www.hotelcameo.ge), the Zura Hotel (+995 558 06 08 08), or Kvariati Guest House.

Sarpi


It is located 12 miles south of Batumi, on the border with Turkey. Its beaches are less crowded and its waters a little cleaner. In addition, its border location gives it an exotic touch. There is a tourist office there where you can find information about accommodations and restaurants. There are marshrutkas that will take you back to Batumi.

Sarpi Tourist Office

It is located inside the customs building. Phone: +995 577 90 90 72. Opening Hours: from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Kobuleti

Kobuleti is the second most touristic town of Adjara. It has beaches that last for miles (although equally with stones) and it is less crowded. It is located 15 miles north of Batumi.

This place is well connected by road with the capital. On the outskirts is the natural reserve of Kobuleti, a zone of marshes that occupy 770 hectares and that was created in 2002. If you want to go there, you have to inform the guard (+995 551 76 56 55), but the best thing you can do is to call the Kobuleti Tourist Office.

Practical Information

Kobuleti Tourist Office

Address: 642 Aghmashenebeli Avenue (Kobuleti)
Phone: +995 422 29 44 13
Opening Hours: from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (closed in winter).
E-mail: infocenter.batumi@gmail.com  

Accommodation

Luxury Lodging

Georgia Palace Hotel

Address: 275 Aghmashenebeli Avenue.
Phone: +995 32 224 24 00.

It is the best hotel in Kobuleti. It has 156 very elegant rooms, with private balcony and beautiful views. The hotel has its own SPA with different treatments. For more information, you can check their website: www.gph.gen

Khulo


Going here is a nice tour to get to know the other side of Adjara: the interior mountains, which are usually blocked by snow in winter and are around 2.500 meters (8202 feet tall). Khulo is far from the noise of the cities of the coast, in the quiet mountainous Adjara. It is a small town that is distinguished by its landscapes, its comfort, and its past.

Due to the 300 years of Ottoman domination in the region, there is still a strong Georgian community in this area that professes Islam and lives in harmony with their Christian neighbors. The site is quite hard to get to and you will have to pass by a road with non-asphalted sections. But there are marshrutkas connecting it with Batumi (2 hours and a half) and when the weather conditions allow it, also with Akhaltsikhe.

It is surrounded by picturesque villages and there are just a few tourists who take the chance to visit here. Even so, it has its own tourist office. The beautiful long Green (Mtsvane Tba) is in the municipality of Khulo, near the Gorderdzi Pass. There is a charming town with some tourism nearby Beshumi (there are many rural houses for overnight stays), and the small ski resorts of Goderdzi, Kedlebi, and Danisparauli are also relatively close.

What to See in Khulo?

The Cable Car to Tago

Opening Hours: from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

It connects Khulo with the small town of Tago. It was created to avoid the dangerous road that links the two towns.

It’s eight minutes of enjoying the heights and spectacular views. Tago is a small town where you can breathe some peace. It has a small cemetery and a humble mosque.

Practical Information

Khulo Tourist Office

Address: 29 M. Abashidze Avenue

Opening Hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phone: +995 577 90 90 15.

You should go here to know more about routes, places to visit, etc. You should know more about transportation schedules as well because they are constantly changing in Khulo.

Transportation

  • Marshrutkas Khulo-Batumi: Every hour from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Marshrutkas Khulo-Akhaltsikhe. At 8:00 a.m. and at 12:00 p.m.

Accommodation

Mate Hotel

Address: 1 Aghmashenebeli Avenue.
Phone: +995 5 77 10 39 40.

It has nine double rooms with shared bathrooms (20GEL). They are clean but they are on the small side. The owners have a bar-restaurant within walking distance,  serving local cuisine.