Welcome to Sukhumi
Abkhazia’s Italianate capital has a gorgeous setting on a bay backed by hills thick with luxuriant semitropical vegetation. In 1989 it had a multiethnic population of 120,000, but it was badly damaged during the war in 1992–93, when its large Georgian population was driven out. Reconstruction and new construction have accelerated in recent years, though numerous buildings still stand empty or ruined, including landmarks such as the old Government House, gutted when the Abkhaz took the city in September 1993. That said, when strolling along the beautifully maintained and verdant waterfront as the Black Sea laps gently at the pebbly shore, it's hard to imagine anywhere more peaceful.