With its prime coastal location and subtropical climate, Batumi is a popular destination for vacationers. Apart from its rich history the city is best enjoyed by bike.
The city is one of the oldest in Georgia and stands out for its lush foliage, long beachfront promenade and multiple wineries, all of which make it an ideal spot for cycling. Hop on your bike and pedal your way through this magnificent city.
Sample the wines of Batumi
Renowned for its delicious local wines and year-round tasting, the winery is a convenient five-minute bike ride from our Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi. Winery Khareba produces its wines using distinctive Georgian and European grape species from vineyards in Kakheti, Lechkhumi, and Imereti using a blend of modern technology and ancient methods. Once inside, head upstairs to the small shop where you can sample and purchase wines. Complete your visit with a tour of the winery’s underground tunnels, each leading to a unique tasting experience.
Watch the sun set over the Black Sea
The origins of Batumi Boulevard, sometimes referred to as Seaside Park, date back to the late 1880s when the Governor of the Batumi District requested that a park be built along the shoreline of Batumi Old Town. Today, the boulevard is just over four miles long and offers an enticing mix of old and new.
The older part is renowned for its scenery while the new section features clubs, cafés, restaurants, and beach bars. In the late afternoon, lock up your bike and stroll along Batumi Boulevard for unforgettable views out over the Black Sea at sunset. The boulevard is particularly lively during the summer months when crowds from local bars spill out onto the walkway.
Pedal among the picturesque foliage
If you’re up for a slightly longer bike adventure, head for Batumi Botanical Gardens. The gardens are located near the seaside resort town of Mtsvane Kontskhi and feature plants from all over the world. Stretch your legs with a walk down the main pathway or head off on your own and you’ll find everything from citrus and roses, to maple and camellias. The plant species displayed around the garden come from diverse landscapes and climatic zones such as New Zealand, North and South America, Mexico, eastern Asia, and the Mediterranean. Before you cycle on, relax on the nearby beach or grab a bite at one of the many cafés.
Experience the traditional villages
An eight-mile bike ride (or 15-minute drive) from Batumi takes you Acharistskali, a traditional Georgian village with sweeping mountain views. No visit is complete without a stop at Adjarian Wine House, which opened in 2010 but is built on the ruins of an 18th century winery. Its mission is to promote traditional Georgian varietals, particularly chkhaveri, a late-harvest sweet rosé. Enjoy a wine tour and tasting while learning more about Adjarian folklore and cuisine. The tasting gives you a chance to sample some of the most unique and historic wines from the area and you may even get to make your own.
Batumi has invested heavily in its bike rental scheme, so it’s easy to find yourself a set of wheels next time you’re in town. To find out more about the scheme, simply visit the tourist information booth by the dancing fountains.
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