General information about the resort
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 and 25 miles from the capital Sukhum (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.
The history of the city is very rich in events, and begins at least in the III century. To that period dates the first mention of the ancient city of Anakopia on the site of the present New Athos, which became the capital of the Principality of Abazgia and the Abkhazian Kingdom. During the period of his existence he repeatedly changed his identity, and each new power is partially destroyed ancient monuments, and building their own. Despite this, until today has reached many historical attractions, one of the most important and interesting in Abkhazia.
In this guide to New Athos you can find everything you need for independent travel or vacation at this resort. If you prefer an organized tour, you can find and book tours in Abkhazia, including a deferred payment, the following checked services online search and booking of tours, or by using the search box:
- Tours to Abkhazia on Level.Travel
- Tours to Abkhazia Travelata.ru
- Tours to Abkhazia for the Onlinetours.tu
Rest in New Athos
New Athos is not often chosen as the main place to stay because the town is more known as a tourist destination that is visited with other larger resort towns of Gagra, Sukhumi, Pitsunda for sightseeing. Indeed, there is a whole cluster of historical sites, important temples and monasteries, natural attractions.
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. Here you can combine beach holidays and trips to the attractions and yet is one of the most clean and comfortable places of the country. 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.
Hotels in New Athos, where to stay
Accommodation options in New Athos, as almost everywhere in Abkhazia, mainly represented by private guest houses or apartment (house, room). These hotels service hardly probable will be a dozen of more than a hundred proposals. To book accommodation in good hotels in advance, private housing can be found, and just before the trip or on the spot.
Find and book accommodation in New Athos at the following sites, or using the search form below:
- Search hotels in Novy Afon on Agoda.com
- To search for homes and hotels in New Athos on Booking.com
- To search for homes and hotels in New Athos on Hotellook.com
- Look for housing in New Athos on Airbnb and get a bonus of 2100 rubles for first booking
- Look for housing in New Athos on a Daily.ru
Now regarding the choice of places to stay. New Athos is divided into the historical part or the center (on the map), as well as the residential part, which is on the outskirts.
If you stay in the center, you will be close to attractions, the city Park and the main infrastructure. But the downside of the center is that there are always many tourists visiting excursionsto with other resorts. Also note that some accommodation options are located on the slopes and tops of hills, so if you choose a bad place to stay, need to go up and down to the beach.
If you are settled in a residential area on the outskirts, you will be in a more intimate setting, but to the centre each time have to walk or take a taxi, which, however, is not so far, just a 10-15 minute walk. As for beaches, they are the same everywhere, and in the outskirts and in the center.
Map of New Athos hotels and attractions
Weather and tourist seasons in New Athos, when to go
The tourist season in New Athos theoretically lasts all year round, but a beach holiday is possible only from may to October inclusive. However, not all months are actually very well suited for relaxing on the beach, especially with children:
- May. The air at the end of may is already warm, you can even sunbathe, but the sea is still too cool for comfortable swimming with children is not recommended. Still keep in mind that the tourist infrastructure is still not fully operational at this time: many cafes and entertainment are only being prepared for opening.
- Jun. In June, especially in the second half, the sea is warm. At this time, you can come to rest even with the kids
- In July and August. The best season for rest, but at that time the largest influx of tourists and rising prices. But not many tourists to avoid visiting this time.
- In September and October. End the holiday season and school holidays, and the velvet season begins. Most vacationers are leaving, prices are falling. But the weather is still very comfortable to stay until the beginning of October. It's the perfect time to relax, but in the second half of October gets too cool, so better plan the trip in the first half.
The seasons in New Athos for months, when is the best time to go
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appropriate time to visit;
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Current weather in New Athos and forecast
Attractions in New Athos, what to see
New Athos is one of the main centers of attractions in Abkhazia, along with the Ritsa National reserve. But if in the Ritsa nature reserve you can see the mostly natural beauty, in New Athos and the surrounding area has many historic and cultural attractions among which the new Athos monastery, a temple and grotto of Simon the zealot, ancient Anakopia fortress, the Museum and Stalin's summer residence. There are also natural attractions, in particular, is the most beautiful in the country, the new Athos cave, the natural swimming pools of Three boilers, healing hydrogen sulfide sources.
In addition to the well-known and popular attractions of New Athos to visit some interesting places that will be of interest to adventurers and little-trampled routes. So, you can go for a walk Hiking trails in the surrounding hills and villages, during which to see a steam engine on the hill on the site of an abandoned railroad; view of the city and coast with one of the many natural viewing platforms on the hills; the ruins of the temple of the 6th century on the road to the village Acoach; waterfalls on the river Misra. In General, if you wish not to sit in one place and something to see attractions in New Athos and the surrounding area enough for 5 days stay and even more.
And when you look around, you can easily go on excursions to other places of the country. They are sold at the hotels or from distributors on the streets, prices start from 500 rubles. You can drive to Sukhumi, Gagra and other cities throughout the day independently on the buses via the main highway E60.
How to get to New Athos
New Athos is located 80 kilometers from the border with Russia and 25 kilometers from the capital Sukhum (New Athos on the map of Abkhazia). To get here from the border crossing with Russia by bus, taxi, and from Russia by train, commuter trains, and private transportation.
The citizens of Russia it is best to get to New Athos from the Russian Federation via the Psou checkpoint in Vesyoloye Adler internal Russian passport, and overseas in any case are not present. Stamp in a passport on crossing the border of Russia-Abkhazia can bring serious problems when you visit Georgia (see more about this How to get to Abkhazia). If you want to get here officially from the point of view of the Georgian authorities, it can be done only by foreign passport after obtaining appropriate permits through the checkpoint "Inguri" on the border with Georgia.