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Monday, June 30, 2008

Batumi - Sea Capital of Georgia

Batumi (ბათუმი) is a seaside city on the Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara a region in southwest Georgia. It has a population of about 120 thousand people.

Batumi, with its large port, commercial center and tourism center, is also the last stop of the Transcaucasia railroad. It is situated some 12 mi from the Turkish border, in a subtropical zone, rich in citrus fruit and tea. Industries included tourism, shipbuilding, food processing, and light manufacturing.

It's a beautiful city with a famous stony beach. The center is quite small and can be covered on foot. There are no real monuments, but quite a few houses that are worth a look; they mostly date back to the 19-th century when Batumi was an important border town in the Russian defence against the Turks.
Have a look at pictures of the "Sea Capital" of Georgia - Batumi