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The city of Batumi

Batumi [33] is the capital city of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara in the country of Georgia. Its coastal location and sub-tropical climate make it a popular city for vacationers across the Caucasus. It's the party capital of the region with a night life to match which increasingly includes big name international DJs on the beach-front clubs. Batumi is distinguished by the abundance of diverse architectural buildings which make the city more modern and beautiful. It should be noted that in 2012 the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences named Batumi as the Best New Destination of the year.


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Understand[edit]

Location of Batumi within Europe

History[edit]

Batumi is one of the oldest cities in Georgia founded as early as BCE. Its initial form – Batus – had already been mentioned in the 4th century BCE. The name must have derived from the Greek word meaning ‘deep’. Aristotle (4th c BCE), Pliny (2nd c CE) and others called the place “Pontus Bathea”. In antique times the local population used to have active trade relations with the neighboring as well as distant countries. During the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (2nd c CE) there used to be a Roman military camp on the territory of present Batumi.

Batumi has always been distinguished by favorable natural and strategic location. From 18th century Batumi was under the Ottoman rule. After the Turkish-Russian war of 1877-1878 and the consideration the Berlin Treaty Batumi became the inseparable constituent part of Georgia. In 1878-1886 Batumi Port was announced as “Porto Franco” that fostered the further development of the city. After the construction of Baku – Batumi railway system (1883), reconstruction of the Batumi port and connection to Baku via pipelines (1897-1907) Batumi became an important sea terminal along the Black Sea littoral. The Caspian Sea oil products were transferred from this location to other countries. In 1918 and 1920 the city was governed by the Ottomans and the British respectively.

Interesting historical past has considerably preconditioned architectural diversity of Batumi (a number of interesting projects were accomplished by European architects during the Porto Franco period). During the soviet and post-soviet times it was also turned into a popular seaport and tourist city.

Climate[edit]

Batumi is distinguished by a seacoast humid subtropical climate. Winters are cold, without snow and summers are warm to hot. The average annual temperature is 15 C, 7 C in January and 23 C in August. Annual precipitation is 2.560 mm. Relative humidity is 81%. There are frequent showers. It rarely snows but melts very soon. The average annual water temperature is 17 C at the shore. Cool breezes blowing from the sea moderate the temperature in the summer. A small natural lake is located in Batumi in the 6 May Park. Various types of subtropical plants are spread throughout in Batumi and its vicinities. There are many cultivated parks, tea plantations and citrus plantations. Indigenous Colchis natural trees and shrubs have still been preserved in select areas around the region.

Most Georgians do not use central heating so although the day temperature can be warm, bring warm clothes for sleeping at night.

Batumi tourist information center

Tourist Information Centers[edit]

Get assistance to obtain day trip suggestions, advice on public transport, information about the sights, accommodation and restaurants. Contact Batumi tourist information center and ask questions about everything you need to know before travelling to Batumi.

There are 4 Tourist Information Centers in Batumi. The friendly staff can offer helpful advice and information to help you make the most of your trip to Batumi. You can pick up free brochures and maps. You can also book tours and accommodation at tourist information centers, as well.

Tourist Information Centers in Batumi:

  • Batumi - 2 Ninoshvili str., mob: +995577909091, tel: +995422294412, working hours: 09:00-21:00
  • Batumi - Gogebashvili str., mob: +995577909093, tel: +995422294410, working hours: 09:00-21:00
  • Batumi - 220 Airport highway, tel: +995422294414, working hours: according to flights schedule
  • Sarpi - Sarpi Customs, mob: +995577909072, working hours: 09:00-21:00

Tourism Board[edit]

The Department of Tourism and Resorts of Adjara A. R. is a sub departmental establishment of government of Adjara Autonomous Republic that is mainly involved in a state management of tourism and resorts in the region. The department carries out a state policy in reserving and developing tourism and resorts. It also popularizes touristic potential of the region on an international level and favors implementation of various innovations in tourism sphere.


Get in[edit]

Batumi International Airport

By plane[edit]

Batumi International Airport [34] (IATA: BUS) is located 2 km south of the city.

The following airlines operate service to/from Batumi International Airport:

By bus[edit]

Buses and minibuses (marshutkas) operate regularly between Batumi and Tbilisi. Travel time is around 6 hours. The fare is 20 Lari. The scenery along the way is interesting. The best place to take the marshutka in Tbilisi is from Didube metro station, exit the station and you will get bombarded by people asking where you are going, just tell them and they will find you the right bus. They leave approximately every hour. But they will wait until the bus has enough passengers on it before they leave. The ride can be a bit rough, so if you get travel sick, definitely take something for it before you leave.

4-5 times daily large size buses also operate between Batumi and Trabzon, Turkey for 25 Lari, with stops in Rize and the border crossing at Sarpi. Make sure you meet all visa requirements before crossing the border into Georgia. After the first of January 2015, you will need to apply for visa online to enter Turkey.

There are two Marshutka stations. One has long distance minibuses to Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Poti, etc. The other, on Tbilisi Square, has marshutkas to Sarpi (2 GEL, 20 minutes).

Batumi-Sarpi Custom

By car[edit]

Road transportation from outside of the country is possible from the neighboring countries Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan. From the administrative borders of Abkhazia and South Osetia crossing the border in the usual manner is prohibited as for citizens of Georgia as well as for foreigners.

By train[edit]

Georgian Railways [35] operates trains between Batumi and Tbilisi. Night train leaves Tbilisi at 22:25 and arrives in Batumi's Makhinjauri Station at 7:05 the next morning. First class sleeping wagon costs 40 GEL (2 people per cabin), second class costs 23 GEL (4 people per cabin). The berths are a little short, narrow and hard but rather comfortable, and linen is provided if you ask for them early enough in the train. Night train #621 returns from Batumi's Makhinjauri Station to Tbilisi at 22:40, arriving at 7:10.

Day express train leaves Tbilisi at 8:45 and arrives at Makhinjauri at 14:00. Ticket price is 25/18 GEL for first/second class seat (October 2014). The train is modern and the ride is quite comfortable. There is no meal service, but you can buy coffee, beverages and snacks from vending machines on board. On-board free WiFi was advertised, but not available.

Makhinjauri Station is 5 km north of Batumi, and taxis and buses await incoming passengers.

Georgian railways

Train tickets can be bought at the station or from an office in the old town at 5 General Mazniashvili St (between Melashvili and Abashidze). This office is very plain and nondescript with no signs in English. The door and window frames are green and some metal chairs are visible inside. Hours are 09:00 to 18:00.

Reserve your seats in advance on the weekends, as many Georgians flock to the seaside.

Female travellers who travel alone might consider travelling first class and buying both tickets, since many Georgian men enter the night train intoxicated and can keep you from getting a good night's sleep. Every carriage, including both first and second class, has a watchman/woman, who protects the passengers from drunks, so you don't need to worry.

By boat[edit]

There is a weekly ferry to Ilyichevsk/Odessa, Ukraine ($175pp, approx 60 hours). Occasionally the service departs from Poti in the north (5 Lari with marshrutka and take one hour)...The vessel is a large Roll On Roll Off Vehicle Ferry ($500 for Jeep/SUV, $450 for Passenger Car, $300 for Motorbike - as of Jan 2014)...Booking and payment must be made in advance thru ferry agents UGB with offices in Batumi, Tbilisi, or Poti ...Check website for UKR Ferry. (http://www.ukrferry.com/eng) The Batumi booking office is located at Kutaisi 34.

A boat operates between Sochi, Russia to Batumi, Georgia. It is a high speed hydrofoil which operates three times a week, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Sundays at 10:30 a.m. In 2010, the cost is 3500 rubles for adults, 1750 rubles for children. The number is +7-8622-609-622 or +7-918-409-12-96.

As of September 2014, there are no longer any sailings between Batumi and Sochi

By Bike[edit]

There are a few adventurous cyclists passing through Batumi (Spring 2014 average 2+ per week). The road from Batumi to Khulo is mountainous and sometimes the road after Khulo is closed (construction Spring 2014). Consider contacting the Khulo municipality if you were planning on biking the souther road between Batumi-Tblisi. There are two reasonably priced and knowledgeable bike shops on Pushkin ave, in addition to other more trendy shops in the old city.


Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

Batumi can be walked almost entirely by foot (roughly 45 minutes from end to end).

By bus and minibus[edit]

Batumi has a few bus routes in modern clean busses, the price is 1 lari and you can buy a ticket from the bus driver. Bus 9 and 10 go to the Airport.

Minibuses pass on the larger roads frequently and stop if you wave them down. The prices range form 0.40- 0.60 tetri and is paid when you get out to the driver. He will usually give you change but might not always have exact change. The tourist information near the main fountains has bus routes and mini bus routes, although it is easier to ask someone which bus to take.

BatumVelo along the beach.

By bicycle[edit]

There is a network of red painted bike paths through-out Batumi, including the most notable path a 8km path along the sea which stretches along both the beach and port side of Batumi. An automated bike sharing membership, called BatumVelo is available to rent bicycles and ride along the beaches. To get a BatumiVelo card stop at the Tourist information booth at the center of town, near the fountains, Ninoshvili str. №2, mob: +995 577 90 90 91 [36]. For using BatumVelo you can opt for packages with different duration and prices:

  • The price of a 1 day package amounts to 4 Lari (2 Lari - price of BatumVelo card +2 Lari for a 1 hour drive on a bicycle)
  • The price of a 10 day package amounts to 10 Lari (4 Lari - price of BatumVelo card +6 Lari for a 3 hour drive on a bicycle)
  • The price of a 1 year package amounts to 20 Lari (10 Lari - price of BatumVelo card +10 Lari for a 5 hour drive on a bicycle)

If you are just visiting for a day or weekend you can also rent bike from some of the bike renters along the boulevard.


See[edit][add listing]

Gonio-Apsarosi fortress
Kemal Turmanidze art salon

Museums[edit]

  • Gonio-Apsarosi Fortress, Gonio (On the way to Batumi-Sarpi boarder), +995595352120, [37]. Catch a bus from Tbilisi Square to Sarpi (1 Lari) and tell the driver you want to get out at Gonio. Located at the sea shore the ruins host stunning views and interesting architecture. The museum-reserve was founded in 1994. The area comprises Gonio-Apsaros fortress and its vicinities. Archaeological excavations on this territory discovered materials of Hellenistic period. Public buildings are found together with material items (pottery, bronze, silver, gold, Justinian I coins, etc.). The Gonio hoard is especially significant with its jewels presently preserved at Batumi Archeological Museum.  edit
  • Ajara State Art Museum, 8 Gorgiladze str., +995422273894, [38]. Ajara State Art Museum is located in one of the historical buildings of Batumi. This monumental building was designed in 1949 by a well-known architect Kakha Javakhishvili. It is distinguished with a refined and strict architecture and modesty of décor. Its façade is embellished with relief freeze of well-known sculptor Tamar Abakelia. The museum was founded in 1998 and is relatively new. It preserves paintings of foreign and Georgian artists. Also, it holds graphic works and sculptures and pieces of decorative art as well.  edit
  • Batumi Archeological museum, 77 Chavchavadze str., +995422276564, [39]. Batumi Archeological museum was founded in 1994. It is one of the most important cultural and scientific centers in the region. Scientific-research and cultural-educational works are conducted here. The museum preserves exponents from different archeological bases as well as rich archeological material found during archeological excavations. Special attention should be paid on archeological exponents belonging to Colchis (5th c. BC), Greek (5th - 4th c. BC) and Hellenistic (4th - 3rd c. BC) period. Gold treasure (1st -2nd cc AD) found on the territory of Gonio Fortress mainly consists of unique items of jewelry and has great archeological value.  edit
  • The Nobel Brothers Batumi Technological Museum, 3 Leselidze str., +995577299949, [40]. The Nobel Brothers Batumi Technological Museum was founded in 2007. The museum is located in the same building where a century ago the “Batumi Office” of the Nobel brothers’ oil industry company was placed. The museum preserves a number of interesting exhibits depicting economic and cultural development of old Batumi. You can get acquainted with the history of tea culture and interesting biography of Lao Jin Jao; history of commercial Georgian wines including the church wine history connected with Batumi.  edit
  • Khariton Akhvlediani Ajara State Museum, 4 Kh. Akhvlediani str., +995422271175, [41]. The museum was founded in 1908. It preserves unique archaeological materials of 12th-9th cc BCE and 7th-6th cc BCE including Greek black-glaze crater of antique period, engraved axes, sculpture, Gonio hoard – intaglio depicting Aphrodite and Eros, gold chased bowl of 1st-2nd cc CE, gold figure of a disc thrower, fragments of golden belt, pendants with Helios and stylized images, beads, foils, pendants, cult statues (bronze), various samples of ethnographic, folk and applied art of the turn of 19th-20th cc CE.  edit
  • Kemal Turmanidze Art Salon, 5 Melashvili str., +995599954247, [42]. It’s a private studio owed by Kemal Turmanidze – a prominent master of a special woodcarving technique and a guardian of the distinctive traditions of living Georgian heritage. Some of Kemal’s works are kept at the Ajara State Museum and his best works have been internationally exhibited. The master will show you his studio and his works, and will demonstrate the techniques for you.  edit

Churches[edit]

Orthodox church
Armenian church
  • Orthodox Church, 25 Chavchavadze str.. At the end of the 19th century, European Catholics along with their consulates requested a church in Batumi. Their prayers were answered in 1897 when the Virgin Nativity Church was built by the Zubalashvili brothers. The church was built in the Neo-Gothic style with three domes. The exterior part is decorated with Gothic ornaments. There are statues of St. Nino and St. Andrew above the main entrance. During Soviet times it was used for various purposes including an archive and a high-voltage laboratory. Later the building was handed over to the Georgian Orthodox Church. In 1989 the Cathedral was consecrated by the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. Today the Virgin Nativity Cathedral is the main cathedral of the Batumi and Lazeti Dioceses.  edit
  • St. Nicolas Church, 24 Parnavaz Mepe str.. Greeks living in Batumi gave a gift to an Ottoman sultan for his jubilee thus earning his approval to build a church on one interesting condition - not to ring the bells. The stones for the St. Nickolas Church were brought from Trabzon and the foundation was laid in 1865. Initially it was considered as a Greek Church but from 1879 it was called a Russian Orthodox Church. In 2012 the building was rehabilitated and today it is one of the main churches in the city.  edit
  • Catholic Church, 54 Gogebashvili str.. The Batumi Catholic Church of Holy Ghost was built in 2000 by Catholics living in Batumi. The church was consecrated by Giuseppe Pasotto, the Ordinary of the Apostolic Administration of Caucasus. The church is often visited by the Ambassador of Vatican to Georgia and ceremonial liturgy is delivered. There are approximately 50,000 Catholics in Georgia.  edit
  • Armenian Church, 25 K. Gamsakhurdia str.. The Batumi Armenian Apostolic Church was built in 1873.In 1885 the original wooden church was destroyed and a new church was built by local donations under the supervision of the Austrian architect Manfred. The church also ceased existence during the Soviet rule. A planetarium was opened in the building that saved it from destruction. In 1992 with the request of the Armenian Diaspora in Batumi, the church regained its previous functions. The Planetarium was moved to Batumi State University and the liturgical services were resumed in the church structure.  edit
  • Old Mosque, 19 Kutaisi str.. The Orta mosque was built in 1886. Like other religious shrines, the mosque ceased existence in 1930 during the Soviet rule. The service was resumed in 1990's. Restorations were also made in the yard, square and nearby territory.  edit
  • Synagogue, 33 Vazha-Pshavela str.. In 1899 the Jews of Batumi received permission from the Russian Emperor to construct a synagogue in the city. Designed by Leo Volkovich in 1904, it was opened the same year. In 1929 the Soviets mandated that the synagogue cease functioning, along with the other religious sites. The congregation met in sports venues during that time. The Jews returned their shrine only in 1998. The building was renovated the same year.  edit

Landmarks[edit]

Batumi Piazza
  • Alphabetic Tower, Miracle park (Near Radisson Blu Hotel). 130 - meter high iron construction embossed with 33 Georgian letters represents the sample of architecture similar to DNA cell.  edit
  • Astronomical Clock, 44 K. Gamsakhurdia str. (Europe square). Astronomical clock equipped with special mechanisms is located on a building of unique architecture. Besides ordinary time, the clock gives the chance to find out some astronomical information.  edit
  • Colonnades, Batumi boulevard. Colonnades are one of the most interesting constructions in Batumi. The colonnades used to act as a gate for seaside zone, from which the sea shore was nearer compared with current location.  edit
  • Piazza, arnavaz Mepe str., +995322601537 (), [43]. It is spread on 5700 sq/m and is distinguished by its painting, as well as by its exquisite mosaics and stained glass windows. The main architect of the square is Vazha Orbeladze, while Estonian artists Dolores Hoffman is the author of stained glass windows. Piazza Square is already the venue of entertaining and cultural events.  edit
  • Batumi Cable Way, Gogebashvili str.. The cable way is 2.586 m. in length with 9 gondolas each with capacity for 8 people. It takes approximately 10 minutes to cover the one way distance. During an hour the cable way serves about 245 people.  edit


Do[edit][add listing]

Walking[edit]

Batumi Botanical Garden
  • Batumi Boulevard, (Coastline), +995422278808 (), [44]. Construction of the Boulevard began in 1881. The idea of Boulevard belongs to A. I. Smekalov, governor of the Batumi District who assigned the accomplishment of the seaside park construction to a famous German gardener Reseller. During its existence the Boulevard passed through several stages of development. Lately the territory has considerable increased and today the length reaches 7 km. The colored Dancing Fountains have been functioning in the Boulevard since 1977. The author of the architectural project of the fountains is a Georgian architect G. Erkomaishvili. In September, 2008 the city received the renovated fountains. The coastal line of the Boulevard has been beatified recently with bungalows, café-lounges, restaurants, children’s attractions, modern-design benches, sculptures and new fountain and it has become the most attractive place for city visitors.  edit
  • Batumi Botanical Garden,, Green Cape (To the north of a city, in Makhinjauri. Take minibus #31 along the coast north until the endpoint, where you find some refreshment stalls. The marshutka ride is 20-30 minutes from city center.), +995422270033 (), [45]. Georgia has a remarkable tradition of (royal) botanical gardens. It is a quiet spot, next to the Black Sea on a high cliff and it both green and cool. Plan on a visit here to take a half day to nearly a full day as it is very large. The nearby beaches aren't very crowded so it's nice for a quiet day away from the main beach strip. The lower, upper and seaside parks are located on the main route of the garden. Currently, the garden consists of nine floristic sectors, those of Caucasian humid subtropics, East Asia, New Zealand, South America, the Himalayas, Mexico, Australia, and of the Mediterranean. The garden collection comprises 2.037 taxonomic units of ligneous plants, including 104 of Caucasian origin. The rests are the representatives of the other phytogeographic flora. 6 Lari.  edit
  • 6 May Park, 51 Rustaveli Avenue, +995422221730 (), [46]. 6 May Park’s territory is 157 641 sq/m. In the center of the park is the amazing "Nurigeli" Lake, Bushy plantation, coniferous and decorative trees are presented here, cypresses. There are educational places, such as Dolphinarium, Zoo corner, Aquarium. Other places: Attractions, Sun clock, Stone Fountain and free parking. It should be noted that "Black sea flora and fauna educational Scientific-research centre" offers to its customer any kind of service and its rates are much more cheaper than in other countries. Free.  edit

Having Fun[edit]

Batumi Dolphin shows
  • Batumi Dolphinarium, 51 Rustaveli Avenue (6 May Park), +995422221730 (), [47]. 14:00; 17:00. A visiting card of Batumi - Dolphinarium - is located in 6 May Park. Viewers become participants of new shows each season. Even the most demanding visitors always leave the dolphinarium with unforgettable impressions and the wish to come back again soon. 7-14 Gel.  edit
  • Open Aqua Park, Sh. Khimshiashvili str., +995597999993, [48]. Opened only in summer. 25 Gel.  edit
  • Batumi Diving Center, 28 Andria Pirvelwodebuli str. (Gonio), +995568821495 (), [49].  edit
  • Yacht Club, 5 Gogebashvili str.. Banana Trip, Parachute Trip, Yachting, etc.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

Note that as per usual in Georgia, prices are almost always slightly higher in the supermarkets than in the small family-run shops. This is counter to what most westerners will be used to. The difference is about 5% to 10%.

  • King and Queen Butique, Meleashvili 34 (Lenin corner to Melashvili). Many goods not available in smaller shops. Many of the products come from Italy, Spain and Turkey. starting 10 GEL to 200 GEL.  edit
  • Goodwill Supermarket, Chavchavadze Avenue. Many goods not available in smaller shops. Many of the products come from Germany.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

Western Georgia has plenty of local flavors, but in Batumi the dish you must try is a special kind of khachapuri named acharuli khachapuri (Ajarian khachapuri) that resembles a viking boat, with the cheese all mixed up with an egg in the center. Avoid this one if you have high cholesterol, but you'll be missing out - it's absolutely delicious.

Restaurant Ajarian House
  • Ajarian House, 10, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., +995422211818. The restaurant is located near a seaside zone. It is a two-storey building with a big and nice yard surrounded by a fence. During summer season you can eat delicious Ajarian dishes on a small exotic island near the restaurant.  edit
  • Up and Down, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., +995422292216. The restaurant is distinguished by an original and surprising interior. Here you try delicious Georgian, Lazian and European dishes and listen to live music.  edit
  • Megrul-Lazuri, 16, Tbilisi highway, Makhinjauri (In front of Makhinjauri Railway station), +995422253066. The restaurant gives a chance to try diverse delicious Georgian dishes. A traditional Ajarian house, a terrace and a wooden house can be found in an inner yard. Here you will feel cool and escape from summer heat. In the evenings it is also possible to listen to live music.  edit
  • Riviera, Tamar Mepe Ave., +995422292222. Besides delicious dishes the restaurant is distinguished by its impressive interior. Moreover, it offers the most spectacular views on the Black Sea from an open terrace.  edit
  • VOX, cross of Kobaladze Str.and Mtsvane Str. (Nearby Aqua park), +995579995333. Located on the 22nd floor a panoramic restaurant gives an excellent chance to try delicious Georgian cuisine and at the same time enjoy spectacular views of Batumi. On the 23 floor there functions also a revolving lounge bar making a full circle in every 40 minutes.  edit
  • Tower, 9/11 Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., +995558177676. The first floor of the panoramic restaurant houses a karaoke bar where you will feel comfortable. What is remarkable feature of the restaurant; it has its own brewery where you can drink newly brewed delicious beer. The restaurant also gives a chance to try tasty Bavarian dishes.  edit
  • Gold Fish, Tamar Mepe Ave., +995422255021. The restaurant offers wide choice of Georgian and European dishes as well as spectacular views on the Black Sea.  edit
  • San-Remo, 60 Rustaveli Str., +995790505270. The restaurant welcomes guests with delicious Georgian and European cuisine and live music. The restaurant also offers spectacular sea views.  edit
  • Sanapiro (Beregi), 9, Gogebashvili Str., +995422222570. The restaurant is distinguished by an excellent location and high level service. The guests can choose sitting either in a closed hall or on a terrace.  edit
  • Sazandari, 78, Gorgiladze Str., +995599353095. At the restaurant you can try traditional delicious Georgian dishes.  edit
  • Bremen, 61, Parnavaz Mepe Str., +995422277636. A restaurant in Georgian style awaits guests to offer delicious Georgian dishes such as Khinkali, Mtsvadi, Khachapuri and so on.  edit
  • Shemoikhede, 8, Zhordania Str., +995422278710. The interior of the restaurant is made in old Georgian style. Here you can try delicious Georgian dishes especially “Khinkhali”.  edit
Restaurant Grand Grill
  • Grand Grill, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., +995422293322, [50]. Grand Grill Restaurant gives chance to try a wide variety of traditional Georgian, Turkish and foreign dishes. Besides, the restaurant offers amazing views on Ardagani Lake, the Black sea and the mountains.  edit
  • Ukrainochka, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., +995593330234. Here you can celebrate important events of your life in a quiet and romantic atmosphere. It offers an amazing mixture of delicious Georgian and Ukrainian cuisine.  edit
  • Laguna, 18, Gorgiladze Str.. The café is located in the city center. You try delicious Ajarain Khachapuri here.  edit
  • Munich, 18, Gorgiladze Str., +995422227284. Great interior design, truly German menu and live music.  edit
  • Piazza, 25, Parnavaz Mepe Str., +995322611513, [51]. Piazza houses La Brioche, Quiet Woman, Marco Polo, Mimino - four cafe-restaurants with absolutely different concepts. "La Brioche" is distinguished by a cozy, pleasant environment and a refined design. Here lovers of magnificent architecture and live music can always relax in the summer outdoor cafe. While fans of more quiet atmosphere and comfortable ambiance can spend time at the cafe on the third floor of the tower with a library of more than 700 books from all over the world. "The Quiet Woman Pub" - is the first real Irish pub in Batumi which offers a high quality European cuisine with a wide range of original draft beer. The restaurant "Marco Polo" opens to you the fascinating world of European cuisine. The restaurant is distinguished by a cozy restaurant with French charm. One of the nice surprises for you will be a panoramic view of the part of little Italy - the Piazza square. Georgian restaurant "Mimino" gives the chance to try delicious Georgian dishes in a pleasant atmosphere  edit
Restaurant Adjarian Wine House
  • Ajarian Wine House, Khelvachauri Municipality (Batumi-Akhaltsikhe road), [52]. Ajarian Wine House is located in Khelvachauri region, near the river Acharistskali at just 15 minute-drive from Batumi. The mission of the wine house is to restore the historical winemaking traditions of Ajaria and re-introduce some old, unique wines such as “Chkhaveri”. Wine lovers are offered an unforgettable experience, an exquisite service and a warm welcome. The restaurant on the premises of Ajarian Wine House gives a chance to try delicious traditional dishes.  edit
  • Literaturuli Cafe, 18 K. Gamsakhurdia Str.. The café offers delicious European cuisine and tasty dessert. It is also distinguished by a cozy environment. The cafe has a book-shop as well where you can purchase interesting books and enjoy reading them while having your meal or drink.  edit
  • Privet Iz Batumi, 39, M. Abashidze Str., +995422277766. The cafe offers delicious Georgian as well as European cuisine. The interior of the cafe is decorated with photos of Old Batumi.  edit
  • Press Cafe, 1, Melashvili Str., +995422275279, [53]. The cafe is also referred to as a "discussion club" as it hosts numerous events and meetings. Press cafe is a popular place for gathering, trying delicious dishes and drinks, listening to music and watching films. The menu includes traditional as well as foreign dishes.  edit
  • Fanfan, 27, Ninoshvili Str., +995422244447. The café is distinguished by its original design and a specific atmosphere. It also offers delicious dishes.  edit
  • McDonald's, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str.. McDonald’s Batumi is distinguished by its original design as well as warm and cozy environment. It also offers Mcdrive service.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

Clouds Bar & Restaurant
  • Vinyl Bar, Dumbadze str. 12/14 (on Europe Square (formerly Era Square), near the Iranian and Azerbaijani consulates), + +995593168919. Small, Cozy Place to hang out for Beer, Pizza and Live Music. Great Staff, Great Service. A sweet bar ran by sweet people. (41°39'4.22N,41°38'7.20E) edit
  • Clouds Bar & Restaurant, Ninoshvili str. 1 (19th floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi), +995422255555, [54]. Clouds Bar & Restaurant lives up to its name with a location on the 19th floor of the hotel. Guests can enjoy stunning city views and Black Sea vistas as they dine on succulent grilled dishes paired with creative cocktails. With its evening entertainment program, including DJ nights and live music performance, Clouds Bar & Restaurant is definitely the trendiest place to visit in Batumi. (41.653757,41.638144) edit


Learn[edit]

  • R. Shanin Lyceum. a prestigious private school for primary and secondary pupils  edit
  • Shota Rustaveli University, [55].  edit
  • Batumi State Maritime Academy, [56]. many young men and women in midshipman uniforms  edit
  • Batumi International University, (across the road from Marina Complex.).  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Batumi increasingly attracts investors and well heeled visitors from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Central Asia. The emphasis is on casinos and luxury hotels. Prices vary depending on proximity to the beach and level of service provided. Cheapest option are from 50 Lari for a double room including breakfast.

Budget[edit]

  • Year-round Hostel Batumi Globus (hostelglobus@gmail.com), 54, Mazniashvili Str. (Two blocks east of the Piazza), +995422276721; +995593596096, [57]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Clean renovated hostel in a nice house with courtyard in the middle of the old town. The entrance is easy to spot with a round awning. Discounts available for TLG (Teach Learn Georgia) Volunteers. Free WIFI, tea and coffee, Laundry. Private room also available. One shower and two bathrooms, kitchen, courtyard for bike parking and socializing. Open year-round. Dorm 25 lari. (41.650621,41.639771) edit
  • Year-round Batumi Hostel (batumihostel@hotmail.com), 10, Lermontovi str. (At the corner of Kostava Street), +995577737771, [58]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Comfortable hostel in a nice house in the middle of the old town. Entrance is camouflaged. Discounts available in and from Friends Hostel in the old town of Tbilisi. Free WIFI. Laundry. Private room also available. Two showers and bathroom, kitchen, view on piazza and sea from balcony. Seasonal property (opened for 2012 season in May). Dorm 25 lari (only dorm). (41.650621,41.639771) edit
  • Year-round Gulnasi's Guesthouse, 24/A Lermontov Street (Near Batumi Dolphinarium), +995599797224 (). facebook: gulnasi's Guest house; It's possible to use the kitchen; hot showers, WIFI, free meals will be offered frequently. Outside the summer season the same place is also a school for small children but in the summer season the kids will be on vacation. This may be the best budget option with wheelchair access. From 10 euro.  edit
  • Year-round Anri, 47, Sh. Khimshiashvili str. (Near Batumi Aqua Park), +995571161624. checkin: 12:00. Located just 5 minutes' walk from the Batumi Water Park and the Black Sea coast, Hostel Anri features free Wi-Fi. There is also a bar with a shared kitchen. Dorm 20 lari.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Boombully Studio, M. Abashidze Ave 1 (Next to Batumi state Drama Theater and Radisson Hotel), +995 551 100172, +995 322 931638 (), [59]. Spacious and central studio type serviced rooms. With all the necessary amenities. Location is perfectly adjusted to the Batumi's old town as well as connected to it's new part. Two minutes from Batumi's Boulevard main entrance. Five minutes to the beach. Please note advanced booking is necessary to check-in.  edit
  • Hotel EraPalace, 77 Z. Gorgiladze St (on the former 'Era' St), +995 222 20000 (). From 120 Lari.  edit
  • Iliko, Vakhtang Gorgasali St., between K. Gamsakhurdia Str. and Gen. Mazniashvili, in the heart of town. Reasonably clean. Only Russian and Georgian spoken. Situated in a quiet spot. Owners run Piramid as well, which has similar prices. 20-40 GEL for two people; 40+ GEL for private rooms.  edit
  • Lavro, Pushkin St., between Tbilisis Moedani and Stalin Museum. A room for with no bathroom costs 20 lari (summer 2005). Reasonably clean, hot water.  edit
  • Mercury, 10/12 Chavchavadze St., near Tbilisis Moedani, in the heart of town, 31401. checkout: 12.00h. Reasonably clean. English spoken. Situated in a noisy spot, not worth the money 80 GEL for two people.  edit
  • Hotel Ritsa, Z.Gamxakhurdia Street, no. 16, +995 (222) 73292, [60]. Clean, smart and modern hotel located in the old town. 60-100 GEL for two people, breakfast included.  edit
  • Sputnik Boutique Hotel, Shervashidze Aghmarti, No: 28, +995 422 276066 (), [61]. Quiet environment, great view of Batumi. 70 Lari for standard rooms with queen size beds.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Sheraton Batumi, [62]. Direct beach access and friendly service. 203 rooms including 26 suites.  edit
  • Intourist, Ninoshvili St., on the promenade. Grand, spacious with all amenities. From $110.  edit
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi, 1 Ninoshvili Street, +995 422 288 888 (), [63]. Designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, located on the beachfront near business district.  edit

Camps[edit]

  • Seasonal BeachCamp, Ureki, Georgia (30min north of Batumi, past Kobuleti, on the beach), +995-571-300-125, [64]. checkin: 10:00; checkout: 15:00. Small private campsite right on the beach, English spoken, free Wi-Fi, peaceful quiet location near Ureki. Directions/reservations on website www.BlackSeaCamping.com 20USD.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Tbilisi - The capital of Georgia. Costs (as of 2014):
    • Marshrutka, 20 GEL, travel time approximately six hours.
    • Overnight train: First class (two couchette car) 40 GEL, second class (four couchette car) 23 GEL, third class (seats) 13 GEL.
    • Express day train: 25/18 GEL for first/second class seat. The train leaves Makhinjauri at 8:05 and arrives at Tbilisi at 13:30.
  • Kutaisi - The 'Marshrutka' will get you to the town centre, or drop you off at the airport on the way, for 15 GEL. Usually it takes 2 - 2.5 hours, but give yourself about 3 or so, the bus will wait in Batumi until it is full, which could mean waiting on the bus for an extra 45 minutes. The buses leave from nearby to the entrance to the Cable car, but the port. You will see them all parked there.
  • Sarpi - border village with Turkey, 15 km south of Batumi. City buses 1 GEL, cabs overpriced at 15-20 GEL
  • Khulo - village in the mountains of Ajara, 3 hours drive East of Batumi
  • Direct buses from the terminal to various cities in Turkey. Coaches to Istanbul 60-80 GEL depending on operator.


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Visa Regime[edit]

The citizens of EU member countries, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Kuwait, Republic of South Korea, Israel, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and other countries do not need a visa to enter and stay on the territory of Georgia for up to 360 days. As for Kazakhstan and Russia citizens they can enter and stay on the territory of Georgia for up to 90 days without a visa. In order to arrive in Georgia you will need a passport valid for 6 months. Citizens of other countries shall take care for visas before coming. In some cases visas are issued while crossing a border.

Embassies and High Commissions[edit]

  • Am-flag.png Armenia, 32 Gogebashvili, +995422216302.  edit
  • Aj-flag.png Azerbaijan, 14 Dumbadze, +995422276700.  edit
  • En-flag.png Estonia, 60 Gorgasali, +995422270910.  edit
  • Ir-flag.png Iran, 83 Parnavaz Mepe, +995514116060.  edit
  • Tu-flag.png Turkey, 9 Ninoshvili, +995422274789.  edit
  • Up-flag.png Ukraine, 71 Melikishvili, +995422221478.  edit




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