Batumi is the heart of Georgia, where tourists come in search of an unforgettable vacation. The resort is famous not only for its clean beaches and good service, but also for historical sites. It is worth taking a walk along the boulevard along the beach and across Europe Square with singing fountains, and then sit down in one of the restaurants and try the local cuisine. Shish kebab, khinkali, pilaf, khachapuri will surely please everyone. Buildings of the 19th century, cobblestone narrow streets and the famous cafe from the film “Love and Pigeons” have been preserved in the old part of the city. In order to get the local color you should rent a car and travel around the city, and then explore the surroundings. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy spending time in Batumi, diving or surfing.
Batumi International Airport ( Batumi International, Airport then )
IATA code: BUS
Location: 2 km from Batumi
Official website: www.batumiairport.com
Information: +995 422 23 51 00
The following companies provide car rental services at Batumi Airport: MiMiNO rent car, Sixt, Europcar, GSS Car Rental, Luxury Car Rental. There are no rental cars at the airport, the car is delivered to the customer personally. Near the airport, parking for 100 cars is equipped.
Nikoloz Baratashvili St.
Having rented a car, go look at the main architectural heritage of the city - the Cathedral. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the temple immediately became a valuable religious building. It is made in neo-Gothic style. The interior of the shrine is complemented by huge stained glass windows and unique frescoes. The first thing that attracts attention when you go inside is an unusual performance of the image of St. George the Victorious and numerous Orthodox icons in the Russian style. The Batumi Cathedral is often called a smaller copy of the Sistine Chapel from the Vatican. This is not unreasonable: every detail of the temple really makes a lasting impression.
Mtsvane Kontskhi (Green Cape) http://bbg.ge/
The Botanical Garden is considered one of the largest in Europe. Here flora is represented from almost all corners of the planet: South and North America, Japan, Tibet, New Zealand, and the Mediterranean. The main feature, which is famous for the garden, indescribably enchanting smells. The aromas of roses, eucalyptus, pine needles are mixed with notes of sea air and cut into memory for a long time. Interestingly, many plants are separately grown in nurseries and put up for sale.
One of the most popular places in Batumi is the promenade, which stretches for 7 kilometers. In hot weather, you can take a leisurely stroll, enjoying the sea breeze and see the sights: the tallest building in Georgia, vaguely reminiscent of the Empire State Building, an artificial lake, which hosts a show of dancing fountains, the Alphabet Tower. In the evening, you can sit in a beach cafe or get an adrenaline rush on one of the attractions.
Kutaisi St. http://www.amag.ge/
For 5 centuries, Batumi was a Muslim city, so many mosques have been preserved here. The most significant is the Orta Jame Mosque. The main building was built on donations, and a few decades later a courtyard and a small garden appeared here. The entrance is decorated with traditional Georgian motifs - an ornament of yellow flowers, a vine. The interior is full of luxurious paintings. The mosque is operational, in addition, a school operates here. It will be more convenient to get to the shrine by a rental car.
Piazza is considered the main venue for cultural and recreational activities. Vazha Orbeladze, inspired by Venetian architecture, decided to implement a similar project in Batumi. The result was impressive. The buildings of the square, decorated with stained-glass windows, mosaics and rich murals, are truly impressive. Sitting down in one of the restaurants, or booking a hotel room, you can endlessly enjoy the views.
15 kilometers from Batumi is the oldest fortress of Georgia - Gonio-Apsaros fortress. Initially, it was built to protect the entrances to the gorge of the Acharistskali and Chorokhi rivers. The fortress was a massive building with a total wall length of 900 meters and a height of 5 meters. There were 4 entrances and exits, but only one entrance has survived to this day. It was here that the eastern border of the Roman Empire passed, and the fortress was an important cultural and economic center. Many legends walk around this place. For example, that it was here that the son of King Aet, who was killed by Jason, was buried. During the excavations, the oldest archaeological strata dating from the XV-XVII centuries BC and a treasure dating from the V century of our era were discovered.
Hire a car and go see one of the most beautiful places in Georgia, Mtirala National Park. It is the best able to show the beauty of nature and make you feel the true local flavor. The reserve is famous for its waterfalls, moist subtropical mountains with small lakes, rich flora and fauna. Wolves, squirrels, wild cats, Caucasian salamanders, moles, badgers, and weasels live here. It is interesting that bridges and fortresses of the Middle Ages were found in the vicinity of the reserve. Two routes have been laid in the territory, but if you want to see all the most beautiful, you should choose a longer one. It involves a two-day excursion, for this period it will be possible to stay in guest houses in the reserve or rent a tent. A bite to eat in a restaurant with national cuisine.
Fans of natural attractions should visit the Makhuntseti Waterfall. From a 20-meter-high cliff spectacular flows of mountain water. You can take a swimsuit with you and plunge into the cool waters at the foot. Having plenty of fun and taking a few pictures, you can return to the arch bridge of Queen Tamara, laid across the Adzharisttskhali river. It is still considered a mystery how this massive structure has been holding for about 900 years. Having examined the beauty of the surroundings, you can also swim in the river, however, beware of a strong current.
The highlands of Rachu-Lechkhumi are often called “Georgian Switzerland”. In addition to mountain scenery, the area is famous for the dense concentration of monasteries and temples. There are about 40 of them, but the most popular are the monastery in Udabno, the Barakoni temple, and the Nikortsminda Cathedral. Fans of historical places should visit one of the fortresses. Despite the fact that they are small and quite neglected, the indescribable spirit of antiquity that will impress every tourist is preserved. Interestingly, it is in Rachu-Lechkhumi that wine tours are organized, during which you can try exotic and little-known varieties of wines and watch the production process.
The Holy Trinity Monastery is the only cross-domed church in the Heavy region. It is considered especially revered, because it was here that during the raids of the Persians the most valuable shrines brought from all over Georgia were kept. The temple looks quite ascetic: there are no luxurious frescoes, mosaics. Due to the lack of electricity, even in daylight there is little light. Having examined the interior, the icons, it is worth going to the observation deck to enjoy panoramic views. Interestingly, on holidays, locals walk up to the shrine. The road takes about 1.5 hours. Untrained tourists are better to get a rental car.
Konstantine Gamsakhurdia St., 6 http://www.coffeetopia.com.tr/
Enjoy delicious coffee for breakfast, eat your favorite dessert, or try something new at Coffeetopia. The cozy interior in oriental style has a nice get-together. Thanks to the good service, you don’t have to wait long for your order and invoice. A summer terrace with a view of the city center is also equipped, where it will be especially pleasant to sit in the shade in the morning. It is worth trying a cappuccino or smoothie, tiramisu, ice cream.
Rustaveli Ave, 40 https://www.facebook.com/TerrassaAskaneli
Familiarity with national cuisine is worth starting with Restaurant Terrassa Askaneli. In warm weather, you can sit on the terrace and, waiting for the ordered dishes, enjoy the Batumi nature and beautiful views. Dolma, Adjarian khachapuri, a salad with nuts - are beyond praise. The bar offers a wide selection of drinks for every taste. In the evenings, a special romantic atmosphere reigns, so you should not only drop by here for lunch, but also for dinner.
Tamar Mepe Ave. http://restoran-ukrainochka.com/?page_id=718&lang=en
Having rented a car, go to one of the most popular restaurants, “Ukrainochka”, which offers its guests a cozy atmosphere and a large selection of international dishes. Whatever you order will be perfectly cooked. It is worth trying satsivi, shish kebab, dumplings, chicken Kiev, beef stroganoff. Attendants walk in embroidered shirts, which adds even more color to the establishment.
St. Barbara Park https://www.facebook.com/gardensbatumi
Cafe Gardens is a typical European establishment, of which there are not many in Batumi. The original interior with many interesting details makes a pleasant impression. For children there are special chairs, a play area, a good selection of dishes. In the evenings, live music performed by Georgian groups. It is worth trying apricot salad, pizza. The facility is suitable for both a family dinner and a gala dinner.
General Mazniashvili St. 27 http://www.piazza.ge/en
Another point on the gastronomic map of Batumi is the Mimino restaurant. It is located in Piazza. While waiting for dishes, you can enjoy the beautiful architecture, stained-glass windows, murals, mosaics. The interior is based on the Mimino movie: colors are organically chosen, photographs from the famous film are hung. Here you can try chicken soup with eggs, barbecue, phali, if you want to have a hearty meal or order a glass of wine with a snack and relax in between excursions in Batumi.
Kostava / Zviad Gamsakhurdia St. No: 5/13
+995 422 25 55 22 http://www.divan.com.tr/en double room - from € 83
Divan Suites Batumi is a great option for those planning to rent a car. This is an elite hotel that offers its guests comfortable spacious rooms and high quality service. Nearby is the main promenade and the “Heart of Batumi” restaurant. Breakfast is organized in a buffet format, a violinist plays during the meal. It offers a fitness center, spa, room-service, free parking.
Shavsheti Str., 2/4
+995 422 24 20 20 http://www.leograndhotel.com/ double room - from € 75
The highlight of Leogrand Hotel & Casino is the breathtaking views of the sea and mountains. After breakfast in the restaurant you can enjoy the surroundings and delicious food, and then go on a city or beach tour. The competent staff will take care of your comfortable stay, in case of unpleasant situations it will help to quickly resolve everything. Guests who have a healthy lifestyle will be able to maintain muscle tone in the fitness room. Fans of gambling will enjoy spending time in the hotel casino.
Svimon Kananeli St., 60
+995 598 65 75 45 http://www.iskuhitravel.com/ double room - from € 33
If you are looking for a budget accommodation option, opt for the Egrisi Hotel. The interior is simple but modern. The rooms have all the amenities to feel comfortable. In the morning you can have breakfast on the balcony with beautiful views and go to the beach, which is located within walking distance. The restaurant provides delicious and varied breakfasts, which you can fully satisfy.
Tamara Mephe Ave., 1
+995 422 25 50 50 https://www.facebook.com/hotelsanapiro/ double room - from € 43
Sanapiro is a great place to stay in the price / quality category. The rooms are spacious, the higher the apartments are located, the more beautiful the views are from the window, especially in the evening. For couples with children, rooms are also equipped in which everyone will be comfortable. It offers a fitness center, pool, restaurant. Car rental guests can use the free parking.
Vakhtang Gorgasali St. 16 http://piazza-four-colours-batumi.nochi.com/ double room - from € 69
Piazza Four Colors is located in Piazza. Nearby is the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a water park, Batumi Boulevard. The rooms are spacious and functional. The restaurant serves Georgian cuisine. If you wish, you can stroll around Batumi in the evening, listen to a concert of street musicians in the square or stay in a bar with a relaxation area and spend the evening in a pleasant company with a glass of wine. Thanks to good sound insulation, extraneous sounds are not heard in the rooms.
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