Batumi is a summer resort town with plenty to offer in terms of beaches and adventure activities. Here are 5 things you should try when visiting Batumi.
Cycle Along Batumi Boulevard
Caught between the sea and the mountains, Batumi breathes a fresh and vibrant atmosphere. Admire the gorgeous Batumi Boulevard, a 7 km (4.3 mi) promenade by the sea, featuring green spaces, cycling paths, sculptures, and beautiful architecture.
One of the best ways to enjoy the boulevard is to rent a bike and leisurely explore the area. There are bike shops along the boulevard or you can use the city’s Batumvelo bike-share program.
See the world from 200 – 500 meters up in the air! You can even book tours with differing amounts of aerobatics. No experience is needed for these paragliding adventures and the operator will pick you up right in the city. Check out Toors’ website for all the details. You won’t actually fly over Batumi due to the nearby airport. Instead, they’ll take you about 22 km (13 mi) north to Kobuleti.
Flyboard in the Black Sea
In the summer months, you can strap into a flyboard and be lifted over the sea! The board is fitted with jets that thrust you up to 10 meters (32 feet) into the air. It takes some practice and balance. The price is 50 GEL ($16.08) for 5 minutes, 90 GEL ($28.94) for 10 minutes, and 130 GEL ($41.80) for 15 minutes.
Go Rafting in the Nearby Rivers
There are a few options for river rafting around Batumi. Check out Ge Tur’s website for all the details.
Rafting on the Adjaristskali River: This is the main river in the Adjara region. There are many complex routes after snow melt. But from the middle of June – July, water levels fall and the water is very calm. There are no rapids so it’s suitable for kids and beginners. The start point is about 1 hour outside of Batumi.
Rafting on the Machakhela River: The Machakhela River is not too complex but it does include a few rapids. The tour starts about 1 hour outside of Batumi and the 7 km (4.3 mi) route passes by many scenic villages. It can only be rafted until mid-June because the water drops too low after that.
Rafting on the Chorokhi River: This is the biggest river in Adjara. Due to recent dam construction, only one route is available now. But it’s viable all summer long. The start point is about 30 minutes outside of Batumi and the route is 14 km (8.5 mi). It’s mild and suitable for beginners.
Rafting on the Rioni River: Trips are available all year long on the Rioni, which passes through the city of Kutaisi. The route is 18 km (11 mi) and it takes around 3.5 hours to get to the starting point. This is an all-day adventure and the stretch of river is exciting but not too difficult.
Grab Adjarian Cuisine
Not exactly an extreme activity, although some could argue eating is a sport! Georgian cuisine is among the most delicious in the world and Adjarian food is a special subsection. Go for an Adjaruli Khachapuri which is baked bread with gobs of oozing cheese. A raw egg and square of butter are added on top. It just melts in your mouth!
You should also try sinori, another cheesy dish. It’s not as well known around the country but is a specialty in Adjara. Sinori contains cottage cheese and butter slathered onto rolled up flatbread. It’s a great way to start your day.
Chirbuli is also a delicious breakfast item that includes walnuts and eggs over a tomato sauce.