Batumi is the destination of choice for beauty and entertainment lovers.
It is one of the most beautiful and most prestigious cities located in Georgia.
Georgia is situated in a prime location at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Asia.
Batumi is named the “Pearl of the Black Sea” as a result of its view of the Black Sea coast, one of the most beautiful seas on the continent.
Brief information about Batumi
Batumi is known as the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, located in the south-west of Georgia.
The total area of Batumi is 65 million square meters, with a population of 154,600 people (according to the 2016 census).
The official time for Batumi is GMT+4.
Batumi is primarily a coastal city.
As a result of its exceptional geographical location, the city has become a very convenient center for trade and has fertile land for growing many crops, such as citrus and tea. It is also home to some food, craft, ship, and various other light industries.
However, the excellent coastal location of Batumi has made the vast majority of its economy dependent on tourism.
Batumi has also been an important center of innovation in the architectural field since the beginning of the 20th century.
The best European architects and engineers have implemented many projects in the city.
Nineteen years ago, the government of Batumi showed great interest in the restoration of the old city.
The government had renovated its historical monuments by building several modern high-rise buildings.
Batumi’s had incredible weather during the summer.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy the sun, such as swimming in the Black Sea, hiking, paragliding, and rafting.
However, in the winter, you should pay attention to the weather forecast.
Travel tips for Batumi
1. There is a fine of 50 GEL if you kiss on the street.
2. Adjarian khachapuri is unique from the rest of Georgia. Waitresses usually serve it with dry wine or tea with lemon.
3. VOX is the most expensive restaurant in Batumi. It is on the 23rd floor of a modern skyscraper, allowing guests to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from their tables.
4. Local cafes and restaurants serve a considerable amount of food. Therefore it is recommended to order a dish for two people.
However, customers need to buy spices separately.
5. In the Central Market, you will find authentic homemade jam from whole walnuts, said to be a favorite of Stalin.
6. It is worth visiting the “Adjara Wine House” where they sell tasty Georgian wines and have a pleasant tasting room.
In the wine house, they make their Adjarian wine from a rare type of grape which grows only here.
Keep in mind that this wine is not for commercial export because it is produced in limited quantities.
7. The Georgian drink called “chacha” is not vodka, yet it is still a very strong alcoholic drink.
Before explaining the best sites in Batumi, here are a few answers to some simple questions:
How to get to Batumi?
My advice for those planning to travel to Batumi is to try and stay for at least three days.
If you are coming from outside Georgia, you should book a flight that arrives at Batumi International Airport.
The airport code is BUS, with flights operated by several airlines landing daily.
How to go from Tbilisi to Batumi?
If you want to get to Batumi from the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, then consider two methods:
Travelers can take a train from the central train station near the Station Square metro station.
They can also take a ride on a “marshrutka” — a type of minibus — from the Didube metro station.
How far Tbilisi from Batumi by car?
The distance is 373 kilometers, and the journey takes approximately 4.5 hours.
Things to do in Batumi?
Walking and cycling through Old Batumi are great ways to experience the historical district.
Batumi is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, and the modern city was said to be founded in the 8th century.
However, human settlement can be dated back to the original Batus site of the 4th century BC.
The fascinating history of Batumi has influenced the architectural diversity of Batumi, with several European architects completing projects during the “porto franco” period of the 19th century.
Located between the port and its historic promenade, the oldest part of Old Batumi features architectural facades and unique balconies.
In 1881, the famous Prussian gardener and landscape architect Ressler began to build seven kilometers of the promenade.
Ressler subsequently died, and French architect Michael D’Alfons finished constructing the avenue.
Recently a Spanish architect designed and built a new and more modern avenue.
Along the Boulevard are beautifully landscaped bungalows, cafés, children’s attractions, benches, sculptures, and restaurants, making it one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the city.
Consider enjoying the delicious Georgian food besides the breathtaking view of the Black Sea.
Located in 6 May Park, the Batumi Dolphinarium is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
The dolphin show comes with commentary in Georgian, Russian and English.
6 May Park was built in 1881, and is considered one of the oldest parks in Georgia.
In the park, you will find an aquarium and zoo, as well as a children’s play area.
The park also sells tickets for boat trips to the Lake of Nurigili.
The Batumi Botanical Garden is home to one of the largest plant collections in the world.
The botanist and geographer Andrei Krasnov established it in 1912.
The garden covers 111 hectares and contains plants from all over the world.
Guests can stroll through the botanical garden on foot or by car.
Piazza Batumi is one of the most fantastic squares in Georgia.
There are several hotels, cafés, and restaurants in the square.
Meanwhile, the Piazza has become a favorite performance stage for internationally-renowned entertainers.
Concerts performed by prominent Georgian and foreign artists including Chris Botti, Placido Domingo, Sting, Michel Legrand, and Tamar Gverdtsiteli have been hosted in the square.
This guide’s writer once lived in a hotel that overlooked the Piazza.
I enjoyed waking up every morning and seeing that beautiful view of the square.
Needless to say, my holiday was full of pleasant memories.
Argo Entertainment Center
A cable car connects the Batumi Boulevard to the Argo Entertainment Center in the Anuria Mountains, reaching an altitude of 250 meters.
The Center includes restaurants, cafes, retail shops, outdoor lounges, and rooftop terraces.
Places around Batumi
You can reach those fantastic historical places either by public transportation or taxi.
Gonio-Apsaros Fortress is 12 km to the south of Batumi, on the left bank of the Chorokhi River.
Around this fortress is one of Georgia’s oldest human settlements.
Because of its lucky geography, Gonio-Apsaros Fortress was first protected from the Romans, and later from the Byzantines and Ottomans that ruled along the eastern coast of the Black Sea.
The myths of Jason and Agona are tied to the history of this fortress.
There is also a museum inside.
Near the town of Keda, at an altitude of 335 meters, you will find one the most beautiful waterfalls in the region.
There are several picnic options available for visitors around the waterfall.
When visiting the waterfall, guests can also visit nearby tourist attractions such as the ancient arched stone bridge Makhhuntseti and the Azarya wine house.
There are also private wine cellars scattered within the city of Keda.
Skhalta Monastery is located in the city of Khulo, the highest and most challenging-to-reach part of mountains in Adjara.
The main building of the complex is the Church of the Virgin.
As a result of its artistic and stylistic characteristics, historians assume that the monastery was founded in the middle of the 13th century.
In the 14th and 15th centuries, monks painted the frescoes that the church is famous for today.