There are cities on Earth, having been in which, forever you leave there a piece of your heart, where you feel light and peaceful. One of these cities is Batumi, the land of the generous sun and tender sea, the city of smiles, filled with the aroma of coffee and smoke from kebabs, the fragrance of roses and the smell of tangerine, bringing the gaze to the raging colors of the subtropics at any time of the year. It is warm here, here are the best beaches of Georgia, here are hotels and resort atmosphere.
Batumi is the capital and tourist center of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, on the Black Sea coast. The city is located in the Kahaber lowland, 2-3 meters from sea level. The shape of the lowland resembles a crescent, which stretches for 7 km from north to west. The main part of Batumi is adjacent to the Batumi Bay, in the northern part of the Kakhabr lowland, along the Bartskhana and Korolistskali rivers. The total area of the city is 19 km. sq.
The annual rainfall in Batumi is 2,131 mm. October is the wettest month (272 mm), May is the driest (77 mm). Batumi, as well as the whole coastal Ajara, is notable for its humid subtropical climate and high thermal regime. Usually there is almost no snow in Batumi (snow lasts no more than 12 days a year). The average level of relative humidity is 70-80%.
It often rains in Batumi, but just such a changeable weather creates the unique appearance of this city and its charming rainy-sunny image.
The history of Batumi goes back centuries. The tales of Apolonius of Rhodes, Pliny, Xenophon contain information about the settlements that existed in the place of modern Batumi. This fact suggests that even in ancient times the peninsula on which the city was located was the “gateway to the sea”, served as an important strategic object. The name “Batumi” was transformed from the Greek “Batius Lyman” – a deep haven. Over time, the city on the peninsula became the cradle of a new culture, merging together the ancient Colchian and ancient trends.
If you look at Batumi from the board of the ship, you will see a landscape that strikes your imagination. The modern architecture of the coastline is harmoniously combined with the colorful buildings that make up the private sector.
The old part of the city today is decorated with buildings erected more than 150 years ago. Here, European and Oriental architectural styles are perfectly combined, giving the city a certain charm and unique character.
Excursion “Old and New Batumi” is a fascinating auto-walk through Batumi, allowing you to get in touch with the history and culture of Ajara, visit the Archaeological Museum, where unique exhibits are collected, the Nobel Brothers Technological Museum, where the history of the world’s first oil pipeline and the history of Porto Franco are stored , local manufactory, history of tobacco and tea.
The uniqueness of Batumi is also in the fact that it is built according to the Roman layout. Parallel streets, it is clearly divided into squares, which greatly facilitates the orientation in the city. And since the numbering of all the streets starts from the sea, it’s impossible to get lost in this city.
Among the attractions of Batumi is the seaside park, which is considered to be the favorite place of Batumi residents and guests of the city for recreation and entertainment.
Ardagan Lake adjoins the “new” boulevard. With the improvement of the park, the lake became more attractive, it gradually became a modern recreation center: a number of works were carried out to expand and improve the area around the lake; two artificial islands were created on the lake; The main attractions of the city. Cafe bars, a hotel and a sports and fitness complex have been built on the territory of the lake.
In Batumi, many denominations are represented. The majority of the population of the city professes Orthodoxy. Major confessions: Islam, Catholicism, Armenian Apostolic Church, Yezidism and Judaism.
The city has the following churches: Orthodox: the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1903), the Church of St. Barbara (1888) and the Greek Church of St. Nicholas (1865). Until 1936, the cathedral of Alexander Nevsky operated in the city.
BATUMI BOTANICAL GARDEN IS LOCATED AT A DISTANCE OF 9 KILOMETERS FROM THE CITY OF BATUMI.
The Batumi Botanical Garden has no analogues in the world, in the sense that plant species co-exist here, taken from completely different climatic and landscape zones. Strangely enough, both the Canarian date palm and the Japanese sakura got accustomed here equally well. In the garden there are thousands of varieties of plants of amazing beauty.