Lake Ritsa in Abkhazia
Ritsa lakeis probably the most famous and visited attraction of Abkhazia. This beautiful turquoise lake is surrounded by mountains and beautiful nature, at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level, on the territory of the Ritsa national Park. Tourists go here to enjoy the mountain air, admire the beauty of the lake, a boat ride, fishing for a fee.
Trips here are the most popular route for tourists, and not only from the resorts of Abkhazia, but also from Sochi. During the tours visit not only the lake, but include some other attractions of the Ritsa national Park: blue lake, waterfall men's tears, girly tears, the Gega waterfall, an unforgettable gorge, a waterfall, a bird's beak, a waterfall of Milk, Stalin's dacha, the many viewpoints. All these attraction are located along the only road leading to the lake, but of course for one excursion to see them all is impossible, so there are different options, which remains unchanged lake Ritsa. Beyond the lake the road is still a few very attractive sites: the valley of the seven lakes, lake Siresort village of Aadhar other, but they do like to go out as separate tours or independent tours.
On the way to lake groups are imported on all sorts of fair mountain honey, wine tasting, lured café, where everything is offered at inflated prices and lost a lot of time. So much more interesting to go this route for your transport or hire a private tour guide with your transportation for your company.
But back to the lake Riza. It is quite large – 2500 600 meters. Around in Soviet times formed some semblance of tourist recreational infrastructure in the form of cafes and restaurants, BBQ, souvenir shops, and on the shore there is even a Marina for pleasure boats. Unfortunately, the level of infrastructure has also left somewhere on the level of the Soviet years. By the way, the prices on Souvenirs and other goods are quite high. The area also has two waterfalls, and across the Museum-dacha of Stalin. Slightly above and at a distance of 2500 meters there is another Small lake Ritsa, which is no less picturesque, and much less iskajenie tourists. During a group tour to visit the lake, tourists are given a few hours that you can use on your own to walk around the lake, boating, buying Souvenirs or lunch at a local cafe.
If you ask whether to visit lake Ritsa during a trip to Abkhazia, we definitely will reply that it is a must visit place, whether in the form of a tour or on your own. In fact, all the most interesting and colorful attractions can be found along this route, so don't visit it.
🕐 Time of work: round the clock, visit better day
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: lake is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, for access to which will be charged at the checkpoint: adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. Group tour costs 750 rubles per person, plus an additional fee for access to the Park. The walk around the lake on a catamaran - 200 rubles per person.
🚶 How to get there: the lake is located 60 kilometers from Gagra (lake Ritsa on the map). You can get with a group tour (750 rubles), including from Sochi, with a private guide (3500 for the car) or by car. The road to the lake there is a good, under the power of any car.