With its peculiar architecture, unique climate and vibrant nightlife, Batumi should be on top of your list if visiting the South Caucasus region. The second largest city in Georgia and the capital of Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Batumi is one of the fastest growing cities in the region and will satisfy visitors from all walks of life – from gamblers and businessmen to tourists with thick or thin wallets. Want to know what Batumi and Donald Trump have in common? Then keep on reading.
The uniqueness of Batumi’s subtropical microclimate becomes especially obvious as you’re walking under palm trees or swimming in the Black Sea, while at the same time admiring majestic Caucasus mountain range covered in snow. The favorable temperatures make Batumi a desired touristic destination and the humidity helps the Batumi Botanical Garden sustain its massive and diverse plant collection.
For a good part of the past decade, Batumi has been on the receiving side of many foreign financial investments that are resulting in fast-paced building of the city’s skyline. World renowned hotels and casinos, such as Sheraton, Hilton, Radisson Blu and many others are the main reason Batumi is known as the “Las Vegas of Black Sea.” Even notorious Donald Trump has invested his assets into the construction of Trump Tower Batumi. The number of visitors to this vibrant city is constantly rising, most of them coming from neighboring Russia and Turkey.
If you look past the glitz and glamour of the main boulevard, you’ll notice a whole different world of beautiful buildings dating back to the 19th Century. Only a few blocks from the seaside, long rows of colorful town houses paint a perfect picture of authentic Batumi. On the outskirts of town, the Soviet architectural influence is still present, as the majority of locals still reside in big apartment blocks.
For a bird’s-eye view of the city and amazing panoramic views of the vast Black Sea, take the cable car to Anuria Hill. If you’re in the mood for a glass of world-renowned Georgian wine, there’s a bar and a well-stocked wine shop waiting for you at the top. A return ticket would cost you around 2.50€ and the running hours are from 11am till midnight.
To make the most out of your visit to Batumi, save your energy (preferably by lying on the beach) until the evening when the city really comes to life!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE “LAS VEGAS OF BLACK SEA”:
- Alphabet Tower – 130-meter high-rise in a shape of a DNA symbolizes the uniqueness of Georgian alphabet and language
- Big and Small Ferris Wheels – The small one is incorporated in Batumi Technical University Tower, making it the world’s first skyscraper with its own Ferris wheel.
- Dancing Fountains – Show starts after sunset and can satisfy every musical taste, from classics to heavy metal.
- Ali and Nino Statue – Constantly rotating 8-meter high statue of a man and a woman, symbolizing eternal love.