Batumi – lying on the Black Sea Coast, close to the Turkish border, Batumi is the largest city in the region and Georgia’s main port. The name is derived from the Greek “bathys limen” meaning “deep harbour”. Its graceful white architecture and subtropical vegetation make it unique among Georgian cities and a magnet for foreign visitors and Georgians alike.
Adjara is Georgia’s most popular holiday coast, the destination of choice not only for Georgians, but for people from the post soviet countries also. Home to a variety of religions, here you can discover Christian orthodox churches, mosques, synagogues, and Catholic and Armenian churches.
Stony beaches, semitropical climate, untouched nature, crystal waterfalls, charming fortresses, modern architecture of Batumi are making from Adjara, one of the most beautiful and marvelous regions of Georgia.
Batumi Boulevard is the oldest attraction in Batumi, contacted in 1881. Recently, a modern addition for the boulevard has been built and Batumi Boulevard has reached a length of around 7 kilometers. On the coastal line of the boulevard, bungalows, beach bars, club, café-lounges, restaurants, children’s attractions, benches, modern sculptures and dancing fountains are making the place one of the city’s most attractive tourist destinations. Seeing the sunset into the Black sea is sublime and unforgettable.
Batumi Botanical Garden
Batumi is famous for its Botanical Gardens founded in 1912 and stretching over 120 hectares. The gardens are divided into nine geographical zones harbouring over 5000 different plant species brought here from all over the world.
Batumi Dolphinarium opened in 1975, was the first dolphinarium in the whole of the Soviet Union. Renovated in 2011, now it is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Batumi. Amazing show for up to 700 spectators is done in Georgian, Russian, and English. The dolphins perform dances, play with rings and balls, and balance on their tails. Viewers are becoming participants of the shows and leaving the dolphinarium with unforgettable, positive impressions.
Built in 2010, Piazza Square has soon become the symbol of Batumi. Distinguished by its painting, exquisite mosaics and stained glass windows, Piazza Square is one of the main venues of entertaining and cultural events in Batumi. Square usually hosts concerts of world famous musicians. This charming place is visited by almost every tourist arriving in Batumi.
Virgin Nativity Church
Virgin Nativity Church was built in 1897 in the Neo-Gothic style with three domes. Originally it was designed for the local catholic community. In Soviet times it was used as an archive and a high-voltage laboratory. From 1989 the church belongs to the Georgian Orthodox Church. Today it is the main Cathedral of Batumi.
The Adjara State Museum of Art
Founded in 1998, Adjara State Museum of Art houses a collection of paintings, sculptures, graphic works and decorative art. Among the well displayed works visitors can discover paintings of Niko Pirosmani, Lado Gudiashvili and Elene Akhvlediani, as well as 19th and 20th century European and Russian artists’ works.
Gonio Fortress (1st century AD) was once a large Roman-Byzantine military settlement and an important strategic point along the Black Sea coast. It was occupied intermittently by Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. More importantly it is connected with the myth of the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece. This is why the famous German archaeologist Schliemann was so fascinated by the fortress and wanted to begin excavations of the area in the 1850s, but was refused permission by the government of the Russian Tsar.
Today in ruins, Petra Fortress dates back to the 6th century A.D. Its name originated from the Greek word “Petra” – meaning rock, stone. The city-fortress of Petra held an important strategic position at the crossroads of the route linking Georgia, Byzantine provinces, Iran and Armenia. Coastline navigation was also highly developed. From the top for the fortress, visitors can enjoy stunning viewpoint on cliffs.
Makhuntseti Waterfall & Tamari Bridge
Located in village Makhuntseti, at 335 meters above sea level, Makhuntseti waterfall attracts many of people with is stunning beauty. Near the waterfall several picnic sites are available for visitors. While visiting the waterfall it is also possible to visit nearby the XII century arched stone Tamari Bridge . The name has been given to the honor of Queen Tamar. Built of volcanic stone and lime, the bridge is distinguished by its thin arch and perfect proportions.
Mtirala National Park
Covering an area of 15 806 hectares, Mtirala National Park is a site that protects Colchis flora and fauna, including rare and endangered endemic and relict species. There 284 species, 202 genera and 68 families of registered plants in the park. 16 species are endemic. There are 95 flora and fauna species within Mtirala National Park. 23 animal species are included in the Red List of Georgia. Mtirala Park territory is one of the most humid areas in the country, hence its name “mtirala”, which means “crying” in English.
Kintrishi Protected Areas
Kintrishi Protected Areas is located in picturesque valley of the river Kintrishi. Visitors can find high mountains, stunning gorges and rivers, beautiful forests and amazing waterfalls cover most of the territory. The park houses unique flora including, ancient colchic forests, chestnut and hornbeam forests and yew trees. Animal species include brown bear, wolf, lynx and chamois.
Mountainous Adjara is famous for its rich and diverse natural beauty. The average height of the surrounding mountains is between 2000-2500 meters where visitors can discover the amazing waterfalls, a big variety of different flora and fauna, mineral waters with unique medicinal qualities. Here you can feel the real authentic taste of village life.