New Athos

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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.

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

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:

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.

Новый Афон, Абхазия The beach in New Athos

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:

A selection of the best hotels


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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

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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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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.

Read more about all the attractions of New Athos with the cost of visit, time of work, and ways to reach them yourself here...

Новоафонский монастырь в Новом Афоне

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.

Read more about all the different ways to get to New Athos by yourself, raspisanii the cost of transport here...

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'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. ...