- Stayed: July 2018
- Accommodation: Boutique Hotel & Hostel Medusa – one of the nicest hostels I’ve ever stayed in. Lovely dorms, free towels (replaced daily) and free laundry. Great location – a short walk from the beach, Piazza Batumi and the Argo cable car. Highly recommended.
A five hour train journey from Tbilisi lies Batumi, the black sea resort. Keen to see more of Georgia after my positive experience with Tbilisi, I went for a long weekend and I was glad I did. As there’s so much to do in Tbilisi, it can be exhausting but Batumi is a super chilled place and it’s easy to relax and unwind here. A pebble beach may not be to everyone’s taste but the beachfront (and water) in Batumi is clean and not completely packed with sun loungers like some resorts I’ve encountered. You can hire a lounger and umbrella for 4 GEL (about £1.25), or you can treat yourself to beach club entrance – a friend and I tried out Iveria Beach club (at the end of the Boulevard near the famous Ali and Nino love statue), paying 30 GEL (about £9.30) for a lounger, umbrella and towel, and enjoyed excellent bar service – gotta love an Aperol Spritz on a sunny beach day ha ha.
When not topping up your tan on the beach, you could ride the Argo cable car up for 15 GEL (about £4.70) to see fab views of Batumi and the restaurant up there does tasty food, enjoy a meal at Piazza Batumi (which has live singers and a lovely vibe on a warm evening) or get an art fix at the small Adjara Museum of Art. Meduza restaurant on Pier Batumi has dancers performing traditional Georgian dances whilst you eat on an evening which is highly entertaining and the food was pretty decent too. The Chacha Time bar is the perfect place to try chacha, Georgian brandy, if you’ve never had it as they offer a wide selection in a quirky venue.
There’s not much to do in Batumi if the weather isn’t beachworthy however, so worth checking the forecast before you go…
Selection of pictures from my stay: