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Batumi (Georgia)

Practical information on Batumi

  • Family
  • Viewpoint
  • Park and garden
  • Port
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Festivals
  • Music
  • Museums
2 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
5hr drive from Tbilisi
When to go
During summer
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Batumi

Ines Sancelot Seasoned Traveller
24 written opinions

Batoumi is a Georgian seaside resort, 300km southwest of Gori. Batoumi is also an entry point to Turkey, being only 17km from the border.

My suggestion:
Best to visit Batoumi during the summer, as its known for its buzzing nightlife and beachside nightclubs. I went in the middle of winter and it was deserted.
My review

I spent two nights in Batoumi on the last leg of my holiday in Georgia. To be honest, Batoumi is not at all representative of Georgia. It's more of a seaside resort, where partying and hoards of tourists set the tone for the summer.

Turks come here to go to the casino (something that is banned in Turkey) and Russians come to let their hair down in the trendy, beachside nightclubs, where top DJs spin their discs.

If you're after tradition and history then Batoumi is not for you.

Even so, I loved the botanical garden that's a twenty minute minibus ride away from the centre of town. It's a great place to spend an afternoon in stunning scenery, complete with an impressive view over the Black Sea!

Antoine d'Audigier Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

A coastal resort city transformed for the worse by tourism

My suggestion:
The botanic garden is an ideal place to visit after spending hours at the border, but there's no reason at all to spend an extended period of time in Batumi.
My review

Batumi was the first place I visited in Georgia and my feelings about the place were mixed. The city lies on the Black Sea coast and is largely focussed on seaside tourism. What I discovered here was an all to obviously tourist-oriented destination, with the glitzy, brightly-lit luxury hotels that have sprung up along its seafront standing along a panoramic esplanade that has an artificial feel to it. I never felt more like I was visiting the Miami of the Caucasus than I did when I was here.

I spent the last stage of my trip in this city too, and even though it still felt just as lacking in charm, I did actually enjoy walking around its botanic garden. The advantage this large park offers is that with the variety of plants there are there, the city's buildings are hidden from view. It's lovely going for a walk down by the sea in the park, far from the tarmac and concrete of Batumi. It's a nice place to come after all the time spent crossing the border, though there are definitely plenty of better places to see when visiting Georgia.

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
271 written opinions

A popular Georgian holiday spot, Batumi is a buzzing, elegant town by the Black Sea.

My suggestion:
The town has an interesting museum on Stalin, who lived there for two years at the beginning of the 20th Century.
My review

There's something surreal about the town of Batumi and I can't decide if I enjoyed it or loathed it...The town centre is a bit like Las Vegas meets Disneyland. Modern avenues and pretty, colourful buildings sit next to contemporary glass towers that pop up like mushrooms and are lit with bright colours at night.

A harbour and industrial town, it's tourism that makes things tick over in Batumi, so you'll find new buildings springing up all over the place. The long, pebble beach faces the Black Sea, attracting families from all over the country and making it one of Georgia's most popular destinations.

Batumi's town centre lights
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