There is a lively atmosphere in Batumi, the pearl of the Black Sea. This rousing Riviera is frequented by the elite who come looking for the new Black sea, hip resort, a title that used to belong to its Ukranian neighbour, Odessa.
1. The statue of Love
This is a seven-metre high steel sculpture that moves in a way that two human figures become one – this statue is also known as Ali and Nino, the heroes of the love story it represents. This installation has been created by Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze.
2. Batumi Boulevard
Batumi boasts a stylish seven-kilometre long seaside boulevard, situated between the city and the sea. It is actually a mix of promenade, park and garden, built for pedestrians and cyclists, and whose shadow is provided by a wide stretch of green pine forest.
The lighthouse is situated near the port, on the Miracle Park. It is one of the eldest landmarks near the port, having been built in 1882.It is a lovely white 21-metre building.
4. Wedding Hall
As in all other cities in Georgia, Batumi is no exception and has a lovely white wedding hall. Couples choose to marry here and afterwards have thorough professional shootings throughout the city.
5. Europe Square
The statue of Midea of Argonauts holding the golden fleece (a reference to the Greek mythology) stands on a high column at the Europe Park.
6. Batumi Summer Theatre
The striking wooden Summer Theatre occupies an important space in Batumi’s main garden. The theatre is home to many spectacles and festivals, especially in Summer.
7. Batumi’s Central Beach
Batumi is a fashionable seaside resort. Even though its beaches have no sand, they are very popular because the sea water is warm and like a lake…
8. Miracle Park
The Miracle Park is located immediately next to the Batumi Boulevard and it is here that the city’s skyline is shaped: the Alphabet Tower, the Statue of Love, the Ferris Wheel and the Chacha tower (on the left). Legend says that at 7 pm the tower dispenses chacha from its springs… to be confirmed!
9. McDonald’s most sophisticated eatery
We are no fans of fast-food, especially not the big international chains. But this building is worth a visit. From the outside, the building has geometric shapes and on the inside, there is a lovely green corner, ideal to relax and forget the hectic side of the city where it is located.
10. The old town of Batumi
Need a tip for a hotel?
While in Batumi we stayed at a very cosy hotel called Hotel 16. It is located between the Piazza and the sea, therefore it is possible to walk from here to all the attractions in the city. Breakfast was included in the price and delicious… check the photos! 🙂