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Batumi is the second-largest city of Georgia. Located on the coast of the Black Sea, it is lined with palm trees and surrounded by mountains. Batumi is the region's touristic and gambling capital. It presents an eclectic mix of architecture, ranging from charming 19th century classical edifices to ultra-modern skyscrapers housing hotels and casinos. A regional party hub, Batumi has a vibrant night life, hosting increasingly big name international DJs and pop concerts.
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.
Local cuisine is distinguished by its diversity and cooking technology, table-laying and relevant rituals. It has always been complemented with fruit, viticulture and bee keeping products as well as local fish. There are almost 150 types of dishes registered in the region. The cuisine has numerous Asian influences. Dairy products are prevalent in the highlands. The most popular local dishes are: borano (cheese melted in butter), chirbuli (breakfast with eggs and walnut) and sinori (a dish with cottage curds and dough plates). Batumi is unimaginable without Ajarian khachapuri distinguished first of all by its shape. It resembles a boat while an egg yolk inside represents the sun. Varieties of local sweet pastry are also famous, especially baklava and shakarlama (sugar pastry).
Currency and payment
In Georgia all payments are realized in a national currency - Georgian Lari (GEL). The most common method of payments is by cash, especially in regions and village. Plastic cards are usable only in cities. Foreign currencies can be converted at Banks and special currency exchange points (mainly in cities).
Tourist Information Centers
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.
Batumi International Airport (BUS) is located 2 km south of the city.
The following airlines operate service to/from Batumi International Airport:
Georgian Airways (Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kiev-Boryspil, Moscow-Vnukovo, Odessa, Tbilisi)
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk)
Pegasus Airlines (Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen)
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.
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.
Georgian Railways 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.
Batumi can be walked almost entirely by foot (roughly 45 minutes from end to end).
By bus and minibus
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Piazza, arnavaz Mepe str. 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.
Batumi Dolphinarium, 51 Rustaveli Avenue (6 May Park). 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.
Open Aqua Park, Sh. Khimshiashvili str. Opened only in summer. 25 Gel.
Batumi Diving Center, 28 Andria Pirvelwodebuli str. (Gonio).
Yacht Club, 5 Gogebashvili str.. Banana Trip, Parachute Trip, Yachting, etc.
You can rent a chair on beach, but do not expect much more than that. Beaches are stony and the Black Sea is dirty anywhere around Batumi .
You can cruise the black sea for 20-30 minutes from the pier (walk towards the ferris wheel and you will hear the boatman advertising it on the microphone). Recommended around sunset, for you may see dolphins around the boat.