The resorts of Abkhazia: what resort to choose

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Abkhazia is a small country, and the resorts there are not very many, but they are all quite different from each other. To find the right place to stay in Abkhazia – a pledge of good rest, so we have prepared an overview, so you don't have to read endless descriptions and reviews. And when you choose the right place, you can go to a more detailed description of any resort in the detail guide.

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Sukhum

Набережные Махаджиров и Диоскуров, Сухум The promenade in Sukhumi

- beach holidays
- sightseeing and excursions
- entertainment and nightlife
shopping
- affordability
- availability of transport

Sukhum (Sukhum as Sukhumi) is a Spa town and the capital of Abkhazia. By Russian standards is a small town, but it is the largest city in the country, the political and cultural capital. Located on the black sea shore in the Central part of the country 115 kilometers from the border with Russia (Sukhumi on the map of Abkhazia).

There is a perception that further New Athos tourist life in Abkhazia no. Moreover, this opinion sometimes impose themselves citizens of Abkhazia, working in tourism. But really Sukhumi – one of the most developed and comfortable for the tourists cities. There is a cozy clean downtown, in our opinion the cleanest place in the country. The promenade of Sukhum also unlike embankments on other resorts in the country doesn't look dilapidated, it is a lot of fun and all kinds of tourist infrastructure. Boasts Sukhum and good beaches in the city, and great beaches on the outskirts. As elsewhere in Abkhazia, the beaches are mainly pebbled, but there are mixed sand and pebble.

Infrastructure the city also developed perfectly, if you compare it with other resorts in the country. There are shops, restaurants, cafes, canteens, pharmacies, public transportation, in General, all that you need for everyday life. In Sukhum operates two theaters, the only one in the entire country. Specifically for travelers works selling excursions on the beaches represented by water and children's entertainment. In the evenings you can stroll along the promenade or one of the parks.

A detailed guide to Sukhum...

Gagra

Гагры, Абхазия The beach in Gagra

- beach holidays
- sightseeing and excursions
- entertainment and nightlife
shopping
- affordability
- availability of transport

Gagra (Gagra, Gagra) – the second largest city of Abkhazia after the capital and most popular resort in the country. The population of the city by Russian standards, quite modest, a total of 12 thousand people. It is the closest to the border with Russia, a resort city, the distance from the border crossing is only 25 kilometers (Gagra on the map of Abkhazia).

Many tourists believe that in Gagra the best beaches, the clean sea and it is the green and beautiful resort Abkhazia. Whether so it actually – the big question, but, nevertheless, it is also the most expensive resort of Abkhazia, as due to the proximity to the border and the large flow of tourists from Russia.

Rest in Gagra, as in Abkhazia as a whole, beach. The beaches here are sandy-gravel (mostly pebble) and very spacious. Even in the peak season, despite its popularity, on the Bank enough room for everyone. Another advantage of Gagra is the most developed resort Abkhazia. There are restaurants, bars, discos, lots of water sports on the beach, there is even some entertainment for children, and the country's only water Park. Which is convenient, nearby the most visited attraction of Abkhazia Ritsa national Park and lake Ritsa.

But there is another side to the holiday in Gagra: it is very dirty and not a place. Dirt, debris and dullness manifested everywhere on the streets and even on the beaches. Footpaths and roadsides are absent or very narrow, and even just walking around the city on foot to the beach or shops is dangerous and uncomfortable drive reckless local drivers. More or less put in order and cleanliness is maintained in the heart of the city around the square and the Memorial of Independence, but worth a couple of hundred meters, the situation changes dramatically.

A detailed guide to Gagra...

Pitsunda

Пицунда, Абхазия The beach in Pitsunda

- beach holidays
- sightseeing and excursions
- entertainment and nightlife
shopping
- affordability
- availability of transport

The Bichvinta (Pitsunda) – resort city on the black sea coast of Abkhazia in the Gagra district, 90 kilometers from the capital Sukhum, and in 60 kilometers from the Psou checkpoint on the border of the Russian Federation (Pitsunda on the map of Abkhazia). From all other resorts of Abkhazia Pitsunda differs in that it is set back from the main highway of the country, the Sukhumi highway, why staying here is one of the best on the coast.

Pitsunda can be called the most comfortable place to stay in Abkhazia. This applies both to the month, and to nearby towns and resorts that are traditionally considered part of Pitsunda. In our view (authors website) this is the only place in Abkhazia where you can really feel the spirit and comfort of the resort town: clean and well maintained, with a developed tourist infrastructure. Of course, the devastation here is too short, but at least she's not on the same scale as, for example, in Gagra, and it is felt that at least some order is induced.

Almost the entire coast here is pebbly and shingly beaches. The water is very clear, and the depth and the sunset in the water is comfortable, not too sharp. On land here there are excellent conditions: the entire coast is surrounded by greenery, beautiful slender cypresses and the Pitsunda pine famous Pitsunda pine grove.

As for infrastructure, all the conditions for rest are available here, but don't expect from Pitsunda-level resort world, or even the Russian level. There are a lot of hotels and resorts, guest houses and the private sector, but objectively is to say that price does not always match the quality.

A detailed guide to Pitsunda...

New Athos

Новоафонский монастырь в Новом Афоне St. Panteleimon Cathedral, Novy Afon

- beach holidays
- sightseeing and excursions
- entertainment and nightlife
shopping
- affordability
- availability of transport

Novy Afon is a small city-a town in Abkhazia on the Black sea. Located almost in the center of the Abkhazian coast, 80 kilometers from the border with Russia (New Athos on the map of Abkhazia). Despite its small size and population (population less than 2000 people) New Athos is among the most popular resorts of Abkhazia.

New Athos is not often chosen as the main place to stay, as it is more known as a tourist destination that is visited with other larger resort towns. However, this does not mean that it will not spend your entire vacation. In our view (authors website) is actually one of the best places to stay in Abkhazia, as here you can combine beach holidays and trips to the attractions. In the center is very beautiful and well maintained Park, there is entertainment, including for children. Adult entertainment, night clubs, bars, not here. Frankly, the infrastructure is poorly developed, but everything you need for a relaxing holiday, has a dining room, a few cafes and kebab houses, restaurant, pizzeria, shops and a market selling tours to all corners of Abkhazia.

The only weak spot the New Athos, the beaches. They are here, as elsewhere in Abkhazia, pebbly, sandy, the water is clean. But the infrastructure is weak, the entertainment a little. The promenade is conditional, the remaining from Soviet times and destroyed, but very beautiful during the flowering plants. Also inconvenient that in the middle of the road runs right along the beach, there is no first line, and to get to the sea need to cross the main highway of the country.

A detailed guide to the New Athos...

Gudauta

Гудаута The beach in Gudauta

- beach holidays
- sightseeing and excursions
- entertainment and nightlife
shopping
- affordability
- availability of transport

Gudauta (Gudauta) is a small resort town on the Black Sea in Abkhazia, the administrative center of Gudauta district (Gudauta on the map of Abkhazia). The population was just over 8,000.

Gudauta is a traditional relaxing beach black sea resort. Like most of the other small resort towns of Abkhazia, it is in disrepair and is not distinguished by its beauty: the roads and sidewalks are broken, city Park abandoned, dilapidated buildings. But stay in Gudauta has its advantages. First of all, the atmosphere is calm, almost rustic, of tourists even in the height of the season very little. So if you don't need entertainment, sightseeing, guests comfortable in the hotel room, developed tourist infrastructure - Gudauta might work for you.

The beach in Gudauta good, and also has its advantages. As already mentioned, tourists it is very small, but there are umbrellas, chairs, cabanas, and a few cafes along the coastline and strut bar on the beach. The beach is sandy-pebble: pebble is at the edge of the water and under water; the sand farther from shore, large and grey. What else is good, the beach is almost mutilated with a rusty concrete structures and breakwaters, as at other resorts of Abkhazia. Stationary no entertainment, only in the high season, it can appear a banana boat ride, parasailing, and watercraft rental.

The tourist infrastructure in the town is very poorly developed. In fact, besides a couple of dozen accommodation options and several cafes there is nothing touristic. Entertainment apart from the beach too, no, no.

A detailed guide to Gudauta...

Cantrips

Пляж в Цандрипше The beach in Tsandrypsh

- beach holidays
- sightseeing and excursions
- entertainment and nightlife
shopping
- affordability
- availability of transport

The village Tsandripsh (also or Gantiadi Gantiadi) – village in Abkhazia, the closest to the Russian border the resort from the Psou checkpoint its centre lies just 5 kilometres (Tsandripsh on the map of Abkhazia).

Cantrips is the most tourist developed resort town in Abkhazia. Of course, it cannot compare with the cities of Gagra, Sukhumi, Pitsunda, New Athos, but if to speak about the quiet resort towns, it is the most tourist. The proximity to the Russian border doing their job, and there's even a little good resort: the streets of strolling tourists, selling goods for rest on the beaches is fun. However, like all other places in Abkhazia, the village launched and dilapidated: many years of doing nothing, not repaired, comes desolation.

The length of the beach is almost 8 kilometers. It is not interrupted by concrete breakwaters or fences is quite wide. The water is clean, almost no people even in the peak season (July and August). The beach is pebbly, with large and very large stones. Gray coarse sand is only a couple of meters from the water. Offers umbrellas and sunbeds, sometimes entertainment in the form of jet-ski rental, banana riding and parachute.

In the village there are shops, a market with fruits, vegetables and meat, shops with goods for tourists, excursions, cafes and kebabs, even some ordinary children's activities such as shooting range, trampoline, inflatable slides.

A detailed guide to Cantrips...

Ochamchira

Очамчира Ochamchira

- beach holidays
- sightseeing and excursions
- entertainment and nightlife
shopping
- affordability
- availability of transport

Ochamchira (Ochamchyra) is a city in the South of Abkhazia on the Black sea. It is the most southern and the most distant from the border with Russia the resort from the Psou checkpoint before him, 170 kilometers from Sukhumi 55 kilometers (Ochamchire on the map of Abkhazia).

Ochamchira is a beach resort, but with the big stretch. Yes, the city is on the shore and it was really long beaches and clean sea, but the resort is the place to call is difficult. Ochamchira was badly damaged during the Georgian-Abkhazian war, and still has not recovered after that. There is no tourist infrastructure than a dozen private guest houses and apartments, no entertainment and attractions. Some entertainment and attractions left over from the Soviet period, destroyed or not functioning. In the city you can find a couple of cafes, shops, market, pharmacy, Bank, and other urban infrastructure of a small town.

The pros of the resort is the lack of tourists, a long, deserted beach, very clean water. The beach stretches along the entire city and beyond. It is completely pebbled, and as the town is in poor condition: concrete breakwaters and strengthening of embankment destroyed, armature sticking. Clean beach is just in the city centre, and a little further you can stumble upon mountains of garbage.

A detailed guide to Ochamchire...

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Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Alexander the Warrior July 29, 2019
Hello! Who like to arrive with a link to the border with Abkhazia and after. It is more profitable to take? And is it possible at Adler airport to purchase a SIM card for use in Abkhazia? Thanks in advance) ...
admin 30 July, 2019

No matter any of the two operators take, there is no difference. About airport can't tell always by car went. Only one note: immediately after crossing the border of the Russian SIM cards do not use, communications from America will cost, damn it. ...
Lelik.o77 4 August, 2019
Now stationed in Abkhazia under the New Athos, the village of Primorsko. Came here ( on their own, without a vehicle)to receive medical treatment. Crossed the border in 20 minutes, without personal inspection. 10 minutes of hydrogen sulfide, the source of healing mud. Highly recommend for joints and blood purification. What about respect, do not worry, here all have wifi. The SIM card put in airplane mode using 5 km after the border. The money is not removed... spoke calmly by telephone immediately after crossing the border( like a house). A lot of minibuses, the fare is cheap. Before Athos was 200 RUB., 1 hour 20 mins with a breeze. All Abkhazians are very friendly, always ready to help and give. If you do not stay in a hotel, very cheap. The private sector 350-500 RUB 2-bed room per day. You can negotiate with food. The food they serve is phenomenal! All a good journey. ...
aaaaal 6 August, 2019
Was in Abkhazia last year. Experience the best! the food is delicious, the people are friendly (contrary to rumors). And the sea...it's just a thrill. clean, unlike the dirty Anapa. Going to visit the country again this year. Many do not have time to look...
Mitya August 31, 2019
And I on the contrary came in. Last year went 40 thousand left there 3 weeks. I liked everything. It is clear that the service is not developed yet, but I try and it is captivating. ...
Chester September 8, 2019
Last year there 8 times dangled from Adler. To rent a house there was. Pros - sea, nature, sparsely populated, the nostalgia for the Soviet Union, the sights. Minus all the abandoned, bus, driving on the road dangerous, there are few shops, pretty boring. There was a bad incident in Sukhumi with local security forces in plain clothes, passed the house of Moscow, and I caught up with the car, it stopped me abses - took me for zakladka drugs:(, found a common language, even before the station was taken, on the transfer in Psou on this day, our border guards at the exit for no reason at all asked where I'm from (town of Abkhazia).
In my opinion the best location in Pitsunda, where Sands (fishery) and in Athens, they say there are still musra, but haven't been there yet. There are many stray dogs (lying crushed on the road and walk along the beaches), cows walk on the track, a lot of wine and chacha. Syringes on beaches. Turkish radio stations are audible. Breathe irregularly to Turkey. Echoes of war, all monuments and obelisks. Exotic still the same. But, in my opinion there mentally and spiritual people. And more freedom - there are no such restrictions in Russia, border crosses, as if a stone from his shoulders. Will go there again. For extreme relaxation. ...
Romantik November 20, 2019
Was in Abkhazia more than once. Although it was a long time ago. Me and the family arranged everything: sea, nature, air, attitude. I want to go back. ...
nausla 20 November, 2019
And judging by the old town square on your avatar, more like Prague.)) ...
Skyler 21 November, 2019

That's a hundred percent agree, I was there last time three years ago and apparently nothing has changed in that time. And greatly surprised the locals - had rented a house from private owners, so all the toilets and kitchen on the street, absolutely no comforts of home, but all in the hand of smartphones and all chatyatsya somewhere :lol: :lol: so amused by this fact :lol: ...
Swallow December 9, 2019
All I was thinking about Abkhazia, but after listening to friends - so you shouldn't go at all. As they say there are no special conditions, infrastructure, nothing. I do not know. At least in principle, we have in Sochi is not perfect everywhere, but it is still heart isn't in it yet. ...