Must see attractions in Adjara

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    Batumi Boulevard

    Everyone soon finds themselves strolling along Batumis bulvari, the park strip fronting the main beach, originally laid out in 1884 and now stretching 7km along the coast. With its trees, paths, fountains, cafes, beach bars and a few quirky attractions, this is the life and soul of Batumi. The beach itself is fine, though stony – extremely busy in July and August, but kept very clean.

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    Batumi Botanical Garden

    Batumi’s Botanical Garden, 8km northeast of town, was founded in 1912 by Russian botanist Andrei Krasnov. With many subtropical and foreign species, it extends just over 1 sq km over a hillside rising straight out of the sea, and takes about 1½ hours to walk the main path at a leisurely pace. You can get there by marshrutka 15, from Rustavelis qucha and Gogebashvilis qucha, or marshrutka 31 from Gogebashvilis qucha east of Chavchavadzis qucha.

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    Batumi Archeological Museum

    This excellent museum showcases some of the many valuable archaeological discoveries made in Adjara, particularly at the Gonio Apsaros Fortress. The main room upstairs starts with the remains of hominids from between 1.7 and 1.8 million years ago and moves through impressive Bronze Age daggers, Iron Age jewellery, Hellenistic pottery and Roman artefacts. Downstairs is an impressive display of Byzantine gold.

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    Ali & Nino

    The 7m-high, ethereally moving, metal sculpture Woman and Man, by Tamar Kvesitadze, is universally known as Ali & Nino after the protagonists of Kurban Said’s marvellous novel of that name (see it after dark).

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    Cable Car

    This 2.6km-long cable car carries you up to a shopping-cafe-restaurant complex on Anuria Hill, 2586m above Batumi, for panoramic views over the city. It's especially pretty after dark.

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    Ortajame Mosque

    Batumi’s only surviving mosque, built in the 1860s, is finely painted in pinks, greens and blues, with Quranic calligraphy on the walls – but is no longer big enough to accommodate the faithful who overflow on to the streets during Friday prayers. Batumi's Muslims have been seeking permission to build a second mosque for years, but it has still not been granted, largely due to objections from the Georgian Orthodox Church.

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    Medea Monument

    Towering over Evropas moedani is this striking portrayal of Medea, the local princess who would help her future husband Jason obtain the Golden Fleece. A monument to ‘the person who brought Georgia closer to Europe’, according to Batumi’s mayor when it was unveiled in 2007, it was sculpted by Davit Khmaladze, and controversially cost over one million GEL.

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    Batumi Tower

    Georgia's tallest building (even if much of it is its needle), the 200m-high Batumi Tower boasts a mini Ferris wheel of deeply questionable aesthetic merit implanted in its side. Constructed under the Saakashvili government to be a technological university, it was sold off by his successors to be a Le Meridien hotel.

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    Evropas Moedani

    Broad Europe Sq is surrounded by beautiful belle-époque buildings – renovated survivors from Batumi's original heyday, plus new buildings in a similar style. The square's musical fountains are a magnet for kids on hot summer evenings.

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    Adjara Arts Museum

    Well displayed and well lit in an attractive neoclassical Soviet building, the small permanent collection upstairs covers Georgian art from the late 19th and 20th century. Downstairs you'll find temporary exhibits of local painters.

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    Dancing Fountains

    On the southern part of the boulevard, known as the New Boulevard, an ornamental lake hosts the Dancing Fountains, an entertaining laser, music and water show. There are some other fountains at the northern end of the boulevard too.

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    Alphabet Tower

    This 145m-high monument to Georgian script and culture stands near the northeast tip of Batumis bulvari and can be climbed for stellar views.

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    Ferris Wheel

    This large Ferris wheel stands near the northeast tip of Batumis bulvari.