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20 THINGS TO DO IN BATUMI, GEORGIA
Batumi, Georgia is known as the seaside resort, one of the most popular on the Black Sea, and one of the must-visit places in Georgia and the Caucasus region. But the city has so much more to offer than just the beach holidays and is so much better than it seems at first.
I’ve been to Batumi three times so far and I know I will be back there again, it is such a great destination.
Where is Batumi
Batumi is located on the Georgian part of the Black Sea coast, not far from the border with Turkey (20 km). Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia is 380 km away.

Why visit Batumi
The majority of tourists visiting Batumi come here for the seaside holidays but there are more reasons to visit Batumi.

There is a really lovely old town with some impressive old buildings, but also modern architecture is very interesting. You can eat here some delicious and fresh seafood. Batumi is such a vibrant place with so many great things to do.
The surrounding area is stunning with lush vegetation, beautiful views, and a national park only a short ride away from the city.
Best time to visit Batumi
In the summer months, Batumi is a busy holiday destination, attracting not only local tourists but many more, especially from Armenia, Russia or Gulf countries. If you don’t like crowds on the beach and especially on the seaside promenade you should avoid visiting Batumi in July and August.
I’ve been to Batumi twice in autumn (October and November) and I really enjoyed it. There were not that many tourists around but the weather was good enough to spend some time at the beach.
I believe spring must be a good time for a trip to Batumi, with all the amazing vegetation blossoming.
How to get to Batumi
Getting to Batumi is rather easy. The city has its own airport but it is used mostly by the charter flights.
The nearest popular airport is Kutaisi, served by low-cost airlines from numerous European destinations. There are direct buses from/to Kutaisi airport, connected with the flights so you don’t need to worry about your transportation to Batumi. You can get the tickets at the airport, you will find the Georgian Bus booth right in front of the exit from the customs.
From the city of Kutaisi there are marshrutkas (minibusses) every hour from 7 am to 7 pm. The journey takes around 2,5 hours.
The best way to get from Tbilisi to Batumi is by train (you don’t want to spend 6 hours or more in the cramped marshrutka). There are both day and night connections and the travel time is around 5 hours (a bit more in the overnight trains). Trains are comfortable and it should be a pleasant journey.
There are also regular buses connection Tbilisi and Batumi as well as a flight but I still believe a train is the best option.
Where to stay in Batumi
Batumi offers a variety of accommodation and everyone can a suitable place to stay in. If you visit Batumi in the summertime I advise looking for the accommodation ahead of time so you can score the best options. Outside of the season, you can get very good deals on Batumi accommodation.
Things to do in Batumi
And now let’s talk about Batumi attractions that you can’t miss when visiting the city.
Wander around the Old Town
The Old Town in Batumi isn’t very big but it surely is a charming place to wander around. Originally it was built in the 19th century when Batumi was an important port along the route from the Caspian Sea to Europe and many of the impressive buildings still date back to that time. The Batumi Old Town was recently restored and can enchant you easily.
The streets are long, straight, and very picturesque. The center of the Old Town is Piazza – the hidden square built in the Italian style with outdoor cafes, shops, and the beautiful mosaic in the center (it is considered the largest marble mosaic in Europe!). Another place you can’t miss, a bit on the side from the old Town, is Europe Square with the statue of Medea and some impressive buildings around.
The best way to discover the Old Town in Batumi is to wander around aimlessly – you won’t get lost but you might find some real gems here.

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