6 Reasons why Batumi, Georgia is on our Bucket List
We’ve seen a lot of Europe over the last few months but Georgia is one of the few small and undiscovered countries that has escaped us.
It is a country that can be proud not only of the best wine in Europe (as some might say) but it can also be proud of the outstanding nature and beautiful views that it boasts.
Along with that, Georgia is especially inviting for us as it has a relatively low cost of living in comparison to the rest of Europe and it’s kind of untouched by mainstream tourism, both of which we love the sound of.
And, with cheap flights to be found online and cheap hotels that can be booked through Travel Ticker, getting in and paying for accommodation isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg.
We’ve read up quite a bit about Georgia and Batumi is a city that keeps popping up again and again. Other travellers who’ve been rave about this seashore town.
Batumi is not the capital city of the country, but it is one of the biggest and it’s meant to be one of the most beautiful.
For these reasons and the following six, Batumi is high up on our bucket lists.
Have a read of the following and perhaps you might just want to add it to yours too?
In the entire region of the Caucasus Mountains, but especially in Georgia, a foreigner is always welcomed as a guest, and it’s rare to find a local that doesn’t conform to this trend.
A visit to someone’s house in this area equates to tables full of food with local specialities, fine wines on tap and an evening of entertainment featuring traditional Georgian dances.
To present a table full of food and to entertain guests is seen as a true honour, as all locals want visitors to leave the country with nothing but fond memories.
Adjaran cuisine and wine
Adjaran dishes, with a little bit of Turkish flair, are an integral part of Georgia. The mountainous region of Adjara is dominated by ripened cheese and other dairy products, sweetmeats produced from local grape juice and walnuts.
Adjarian khachapuri is the local speciality and it’s normally served in a boat-shaped kiln. Traditional lunch or dinner simply is impossible without a local wine. There’s rumoured to be 50 different types of wine in this region, which means that all wine lovers are catered for.
One of the world’s longest boulevards
First started in 1881 by a French gardener, this avenue is one of the most visited places in Batumi today.
There are many fountains, modern sculptures formed with floral islets, fragrant magnolias, palms, cosy cafes and bicycle routes to be enjoyed.
At the beginning of the boulevard lies something that we’d love to see. It’s a metallic sculpture that was created by the talented artist Tamara Kvesitadze.
Called “Love,” the sculpture features two separate metal silhouettes, one of a man and the other of a woman, and what’s interesting is that they change their position to merge into one every 10 minutes.
We really like the message that it depicts.
The Black Sea and the climate
The beach in Batumi is just perfect for people who are looking for a place where they can enjoy hot summer sun at day, and romantic strolls on the sand in the evening.
Locals say that the sea water is perfectly fine for bathing from the beginning of May, but it is the most pleasant at the beginning of autumn.
This region is considered, by many, to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Nature is in abundance here and visitors can enjoy endless views of impressive terrain, lush vegetation, beautiful waterfalls, and glistening mountain streams.
Here the sea and the coastal landscape merge with the 2,500m altitude mountain peaks that trap cold air masses, making this place perfect for those who enjoy a milder climate.
The Botanical Garden
For travellers who love the diversity of nature, Batumi Botanical Garden is described as a must-visit place.
From the Japanese sakura to Canary Island palm trees, there are many different plants from a variety of climatic zones that are all growing under the same conditions in these gardens. Taking a stroll around the botanical garden sounds like a great way to pass an afternoon.
For all of these reasons, we’re looking forward to ticking Georgia off our bucket list with a visit to Butumi. Having read all of the above, would you like to pack your bags and visit one of the most undiscovered countries in Europe?