• Is It Safe To Travel To Georgia

    Unlike a lot of countries, Georgia doesn't have a lot of reported deaths associated with the virus pandemic. Only 12 deaths have been reported so far and every day there are only a few new cases. The borders will open in July.

    Because it's safe from the virus and because costs of living is very cheap here, Georgia is one of the best countries to invest in right now.

     

    With stunning mountain ranges, picturesque valleys, vibrant market scene and the fact that it is still relatively an unknown vacation destination, Georgia in Europe, is gaining popularity slowly and surely. Whether you are a solo traveler, travelling with your partner or with kids; Georgia in Europe should be on the top of your bucket list. Georgia is full of variety of places to see and is blessed with pleasant climate throughout the year.

     

    Even though cases of petty thefts, robbery, and mugging are reported everywhere in Europe, the crime rate of this country is one of the lowest in Europe, making Georgia a safe country to visit at any time of the year.

     

    Traveling to Georgia

    Georgia is blessed with extremely scenic parts which can be checked out alone, even at night. But if you are travelling to places with low density/population, it is advisable to travel in groups or even better, take guided tours to avoid any unpleasant encounters. Walking alone on streets at nights is best avoided.

     

    Driving/transportation

    Georgian public transport is well-planned, cheap and connects every nook and corner of the country. It is, however, to be noted that like any other country it tends to get over-crowded during the rush hours. In-famous for its rash drivers, Georgian cities report number of road traffic accidents. Though, speed radars are installed on key streets, main junctions and highways throughout the country, it is advisable to remain extremely cautious while crossing the roads and follow proper rules and regulations (like wearing belts) while driving. Take care when driving and if possible, avoid driving at night. Police cars regularly patrol streets of Georgian cities and towns, and cater to car breakdown, or any other problems on the road.


  • 10 things to do in Batumi

    Batumi is one of the best places in Georgia for tourists. Tourism in Batumi is growing every year. In the summer many tourists visit Batumi. If you own an apartment in Batumi then you can rent it out for $50-100 per day in the summer season. Apartments here are very cheap (about $50,000), so you can easily earn your investment back in a short period of time. 

    If you own a lot of apartments in Batumi, or if you are not in Georgia then we can manage your real estate and rent it out for you via Airbnb. This way you can earn a lot of money without having to deal with customers. We charge 20% commission. 

    Want to know why Batumi is such a great place for tourists? Besides the low costs of living there are many things that you can do here.

    Here are some things that you can do in Batumi.

     

    Batumi is the city which I really enjoy visiting with so nice walking area, long boulevard, new glass and fashionable and old 19th century buildings and elegant squares which will make you feel in Europe, green parks – nice relaxation areas with lakes, fountains, availability of all range of services if you have some money to spend, starting from restaurants and hotels ending with numerous casinos and nightclubs, aquapark, diving club and yacht club.

     

     Enjoy a walk/bike ride or just relax in the Batumi Boulevard

    Laid out in 1884 it’s now stretching 6km along the coast. On the way see some of the most notable sights of Batumi, such as Ali and Nino Monument – metal structure of man and women who meet and love each other beautifully lit at night. Ali and Nino were Azeri-Georgian couple from Kurban Said’s famous novel. Then you will find large Ferris Wheel and the 145m-high Alphabet Tower – monument to Georgian old and unique script. Passing past many cafes and attractions you can watch many new towers on your left, new Radisson and Sheraton hotels and Georgia’s tallest building, the 200m-high Batumi Tower. Also you will find nice viewpoints to the sea, spots to take photos, old boulevard with many fountains, etc. Most importantly, its the place for relaxation, to watch people, take a walk, run in the morning, bring your dog, watch the sunset of black sea, watch the mountains, rent a bike, play with kids,etc.


    Batumi has not only new buildings, its best buildings are 19th century buildings, from the period when the city was free port on the Caspian oil route to Europe and was flourishing thanks to investments from the likes of Nobels and Rothschilds. Renovated old buildings and new ones in old style surround the square where you can find castle with astronomical clock and medea monument in the middle. 

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     Feel yourself in Europe @Piazza Square

    You will feel yourself in the middle of Italy, it’s nice place with fancy restaurants, live music and  the ,,bell” which rings (plays music ) every hour after 3 pm.

    Play with dolphins, enjoy the recreation space of 2 lakes at/near 6 May Park

    You can find here lots of attractions – zoological corner, a dolphinarium, and an aquarium. The beautiful Nurigeli Lake is located in the middle of the park and offers an exciting place for relaxation. The dolphinarium is one of the most popular attractions in Georgia. It offers exciting show – Lovely and clever dolphins are doing so nice and cute things: dancing and singing, kissing and hugging. Excellent Master of ceremony conducting the show in three languages: Georgian, Russian and English. Beyond 6 May park there is one more lake – artificial one, with dancing fountains, restaurants and views to new part and towers of Batumi. You can view Justice house and new Mcdonald’s which won building of the year nomination in 2013. You can view more information about it on businessinsider.

    One of the lakes, by L.Palavandishvili

    You can take a walk, or motor boat trip, visit Machakhela or some other restaurant with a sea view, gudvili supermarket to buy some drinks (btw to buy Georgian wine, you can consider visiting winery Khareba’s store), also you can visit Batumi Technological museum of Nobel brothers to learn about the city’s development in the 19th century and oil pipeline.

     

     Enjoy the Nature anytime of the Year

    Batumi can be enjoyed in every season, so even when you can not swim in the sea or sunbath on the beach Batumi will not let you get bored. You can see snowed Batumi which is impressive – the paradise for photographers or view Caucasus summits and visit beautiful flower gardens in springtime. Early Spring is very beautiful in Batumi even if you cannot swim in the sea. In the days of good visibility you can observe Caucasus mountain range from the boulevard, even Elbrus summit might appear at times. Near Radisson hotel Sakura trees were planted so in a few years we will have a nice Sakura garden worth visiting in the season of bloom. Ilia Chavchavadze’s (Georgia’s one of the founding fathers) monument stands nearby. Nice place to take photos. Batumi is also quite beautiful in winter after fresh snow. The most beautiful spot anytime of the year is Botanical Garden of Batumi.

     

    Wander in the streets and bars of Old Batumi

    Don’t Limit yourself with the boulevard. Batumi is not very big city. There are many areas with 19th century styled houses and nice restaurants. One of those is Kutaisi Street – where you may feel yourself in Turkish Black sea (karadeniz) part. There is an old Mosque, Turkish restaurants (lokantasi), bars, stores, night clubs, casinos as well as Munich and HB bars for German beer and Georgian restaurant Shemoikhede Genatsvale.

    Franciscaner Weissbier, Munchen Bar at Kutaisi st

    Enjoy Panoramas to Batumi

    Argo cable car leads you to some nice panoramas, it costs 10 gel currently. You can also take taxi to Sameba Monastery on the top of the hill overlooking the city, but to my mind, Batumi skyline is better seen from Makhinjauri seaside than from the top, but it can be still nice experience. You could also visit some other sites near Batumi such as Mtirala National Park.

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    Try Adjarian Cousine

    You can taste Adjarian Khachapuri and some other Adjarian dishes. The most popular local dishes are: borano (cheese melted in butter), chirbuli (breakfast with eggs and walnut) and sinori (a dish with cottage curds and dough plates – my favorite). Varieties of local sweet pastry are also famous, especially baklava and shakarlama (sugar pastry).

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     Watch the Magnificent Sunset in Batumi

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    Transportation:
    Transportation: Marshrutka costs 20 GEL, travel time approximately six hours. Overnight train: First class (two couchette car) 40 GEL, second class (four couchette car) 23 GEL, third class (seats) 13 GEL. Express day train: 25/18 GEL for first/second class seat. From Tbilisi Central it leaves at 6pm; and from Batumi Central (new station built recently, until it was Makhinjauri) at 16.35 and arrives at 10pm;  Local marshutkas inside the city cost 40 tetris, are not very comfortable and stop too often, you could choose local buses whenever you can.