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4 Reasons Why This Unheard Of City Will Be Europe’s Next Summer Hotspot

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Georgia is not the first place that comes to mind when we put together words like Europe and summer.

Aside from the fact that most Americans would associate ‘Georgia’ with the US state, the few who will acknowledge the existence of a namesake country in the Caucasus they probably won’t know much about it anyway: let alone be aware of its potential as a sunny center.

Aerial view of Batumi, Ajara Autonomous Province of Georgia, Eastern Europe, Western Asia, Caucasus

As it turns out, Georgia is home to one of the most up-and-coming destinations in Europe and all of Eurasia. Straddling the Black Sea coast, the rapidly developing Batumi is destined to become the region’s next summer hotspot, and here we bring you 4 reasons why:

awesome weather

We all know that the Mediterranean is the obvious choice when it comes to European summers.

With all your vacation favorites located in the warm basin, such as Greece, Croatia, Italy, and Albania, it’s no wonder you’d want to book a flight there as soon as the warm winds start to blow, but the Mediterranean is not Europe’s. only warm ocean

The Black Sea enjoys equally good weatherand as one of the largest and best-equipped cities on both sides of this ocean, Batumi is he place to come july.

To Bach on the Black Sea coast, location not specified

Home to a lively marina filled with fishing boats and private yachts, a surprisingly clean municipal beach, and enjoying temperatures of 35 degrees and more During the summer, Georgia’s most popular seaside resort is the beach getaway you didn’t know was on your bucket list.

It may be in the Far East of Europe, where the continental borders with Asia become blurred, but once your flight touches down in Batumi and you’re out into the balmy air, trust us, you’ll want to shed those shorts.

affordable stays

Batumi has been nicknamed the ‘Georgian Las Vegas’ due to its high concentration of casinos, entertainment venues, resorts and luxury penthouses.

It’s more expensive than other parts of Georgia, to be sure, but despite its upscale vibe, which is definitely a step up from the more rural and quaint interior, this sprawling seaside town is enormously affordable by western standards

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interior view of hotel room

While you’ll find your usual ultra-luxe stays, with room rates starting at USD $300 per night, check out the amazing All Inclusive Resort Castelló Mare 14 km from Batumi center – There are exactly 856 cheap listings on booking.com oscillating between USD$50 and USD$100.

In general, there are 81 five-star properties falling within that same price range, in stark contrast to the much busier and more popular Barcelona, ​​Spain, or Nice, France, where luxury stays start as low as USD $200.

In Batumi, a sea view studio in the iconic location orby cityan icon of the Batumian skyline, it will cost you just USD$60 for an overnight stay in June, with a Value For Money score of 9.2 on the booking platform.

Modern development zone in Batumi, Georgia, a city on the Black Sea coast

Essentially, you are paying two or three star rates for first class service.

You won’t get better deals than this anywhere on the Eurasian coast.

Since Batumi has not yet been invaded by tourists, consumer prices are not inflated, again, compared to France, Italy and the like. You need to set aside $25 to $30 for a three-course meal at a budget restaurant in the central district, usually including a soup to start, a hearty main course, and some Georgian wine.

By the way, it is believed that the Georgians invented wine. 8,000 years agoand judging by the quality of their Kakheti dry red, we won’t be the ones to dispute that claim.

Still off the beaten path

Although the Black Sea has started to gain popularity in recent years, mainly due to the resurgence of Bulgaria and the Turkish Black Sea provinces as tourist destinations, Batumi remains an off-the-beaten-path gem: unless of course you are Russian.

In that case, it’s probably been your go-to summer getaway for years.

Europe Square in Batumi, Georgia

Unlike the uber-hip Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, however, Westerners still do not flock to Batumi and the wider Ajara region, though just as picturesque, with plenty of swimming spots, as well as warm waters.

If you’re wary of crowds, know that on average only 2 million tourists, both domestic and international, land in Batumi each year compared to tens of millions in overcrowded Western Europe.

Outside of Russians, you are highly unlikely to hear American accents on the streets of Batumi. They are yours, and only yours to explore.

world class attractions

Appointed from Europe leading emerging destination by euronewsBatumi offers visitors a lively atmosphere, with its bohemian cobblestone streets and modern, developed promenade, and that much-needed peace and quiet, in the form of secluded beaches and smaller traditional Georgian settlements a stone’s throw from the city center. .

Aerial view of Batumi Marina on the Black Sea coast of Georgia, Caucasus region, Eastern Europe, Western Asia

There are plenty of world-class attractions in Batumi to keep you busy for days, from the charming historic streets of the Old Town, lined with heritage houses and shaded by canopies, to the Experimental zone of the 21st century that is Batumi Boulevard, where all international brands, expensive hotels and shopping centers are located.

The Art Nouveau and Neo-Gothic architecture in many of the imposing buildings surrounding Europe Square in the city center will keep you looking up in utter awe, and views of the Batumian cityscape from the Argo cable car, which links the marina with Anuria mountain. You can’t miss them either.

When visiting for a weeklong vacation, here are the top 10 attractions to add to your list:

Top 10 Attractions In Batumi

A couple of tourists embrace as they watch the statue of Ali and Nino coming closer to merge in Batumi, on the Black Sea coast of Georgia, Eastern Europe, Western Asia, Caucasus
  1. Monument to Ali and Ninotwo moving metal figures that merge when they get close to kiss
  2. Europe Squarewhere some of the most famous and majestic architectural feats are located
  3. medea statuebuilt in honor of the ancient heritage of the city*
  4. Batumi Botanical Gardena marine park overlooking the Black Sea
  5. The Batumi Dolphinariumwhere you can learn about marine life and watch dolphin shows
  6. batumi boulevarda waterfront development zone lined with luxury hotels and restaurants
  7. the dancing fountainsa water spectacle that will refresh you from the summer heat
  8. the alphabetic towera building that symbolizes the unique Georgian alphabet, like no other
  9. Batumi Squarean enclosed Italian-style piazza surrounded by cafes and outdoor diners
  10. The Central Mosquecommissioned by a Muslim Georgian nobleman in the 19th century.
*Batumi was part of the ancient state of Colchis, which was attributed to the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts in ancient times. According to legend, it is where Jason recovered the Golden Fleece, aided by Medea.

For beach lovers, some of the best beaches in Georgia are, in fact, not within Batumi Municipality, where the coastal strip is made up of rocks and patches of gray sand, but rather in the surrounding autonomous region of Ajara.

Aerial view of a beach area in Georgia, on the Black Sea coast, Eastern Europe, Western Asia, Caucasus

For an ideal day at the beach, head to In beda half-hour drive from Batumi, where the beach is a mix of sand and gravel, and the waters are bright green.

Other Black Sea beaches close to Batumi include The Green Cape, 15 minutes from central Batumi, and Sarpi, where the waters begin to turn a lighter shade of blue, resembling those of the Mediterranean.

How to get to Batumi

Batumi has an international airport that hosts a number of seasonal flights from Europe and the Middle East, but it is not the main point of entry into Georgia.

An American traveler holds a US passport case as they wait to board an international flight at the airport

If you fly into Georgia from the Western world, you’ll likely land in Tbilisi, the capital, or Kutaisi, the country’s secondary international hub.

Upon arrival in Tbilisi, rail service to Batumi is frequent, with modern, high-speed, double-decker trains making the five-hour trip several times a day.

There are no direct flights between the United States and Canada and Georgia, so if you’re traveling from across the pond, you’ll likely have to transit through a major European or Middle Eastern hub on your way to Batumi, such as Frankfurt, Istanbul , or Dubai.

Americans can stay as tourists in Georgia for a all year without visa.

Learn more about Georgia here.

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