Oksana Isupova

4 Jul 2021

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– Hello, Anyuta, you have no idea! I’m flying to Gagra now! The joy of the heroine of the famous Soviet film is easy to understand. Gagra is cool, nowadays a lot of Russians go there. Due to the pandemic, the resorts of Abkhazia have become one of the most accessible for recreation. The country of high mountains, clean lakes, wild nature …

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  1. Sukhum is one of the most ancient cities in the world
  2. Gagra – the unspoken capital of Abkhazia
  3. Pitsunda – the green corner of Abkhazia

Sukhum is one of the most ancient cities in the world

Choosing last-minute tours to Abkhazia, travelers ponder which city to stay in and often choose Sukhum. It is the capital of Abkhazia, which was founded in the 6th century BC. The spirit of antiquity still hovers on the streets of the city. The atmosphere is complemented by dilapidated buildings left here from the time of the war with Georgia.

Sights of Sukhum are not numerous, during the rest you will have time to see everything. Pleasant memories of the city will remain for years to come.

The capital of Abkhazia is multi-confessional, so you can visit the Lutheran church, synagogue, Polish church. Of course, there are also Orthodox monasteries here – the Kaman Church and the Cathedral.

suhum.jpgPhoto: i.pinimg.com – Sukhum, Abkhazia

Be sure to walk along Leon Avenue – this is the most beautiful street in Sukhum. Locals call it an open-air museum; here you will find a philharmonic hall, a monkey nursery and a botanical garden. The latter will surprise you with exotic plants and a cozy atmosphere. There are always a lot of tourists here. Travelers take pictures with almost every tree and shrub. The entrance to the Garden of Eden will cost 250 rubles. Children under seven years old attend it free of charge.

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The resort of Abkhazia is also unique with two embankments – Dioskurov and Makhadzhirov. Walking along them, you will stumble upon houses with interesting architecture and unusual monuments.

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Gagra – the unspoken capital of Abkhazia

Although the capital of Abkhazia is Sukhum, Gagra is the most popular city in the mountainous country. Young companies, representatives of the older generation and married couples with children flock here. It is in Gagra that the main entertainment and sights of Abkhazia are concentrated.

The city is surrounded by the sea and high mountains covered with greenery. On some peaks, you can see snow caps. When going on excursions in the hills, wear a warm jacket.

In Gagra there are famous reservoirs – the Psou, Bzyb rivers and Lake Ritsa. The latter is famous for its bright blue cool water, in which travelers love to swim. The price for an excursion to a picturesque reservoir varies depending on the starting point: not only vacationers in the resorts of Abkhazia, but also the Krasnodar Territory come to the lake. If you go to Ritsa from Gagra, a ticket for one will cost about 1200 rubles. Choosing an excursion, tourists often stop at jeeping – fun and with a breeze!

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Photo – Lake Ritsa, Abkhazia

In Gagra you will see many interesting places, among them: the Seaside Park of the Prince of Oldenburg, decorated with sculptures by Zurab Tsereteli, the Gagra Temple, the Winter Theater, the castle-castle of Zhoekvara.

While in Gagra, be sure to visit the Gagripsh restaurant, which is considered the symbol of the city. The building was brought from Scandinavia and assembled without a single nail. At different times, the restaurant was visited by: Stalin, Chekhov, Chaliapin, Bunin, Nicholas II.

Pitsunda – the green corner of Abkhazia

Pitsunda is a resort for those who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle and information flows. People go to the city for the clear sea, healthy air, saturated with the aroma of pine needles and eucalyptus, and not for the all-inclusive option.

The main attraction of the city is the historical and architectural complex-reserve “Great Pitiunt”. It is located in the center of Pitsunda and is an ensemble of old dilapidated buildings. In the “Great Pitiunt” it is worth visiting the Temple of St. Andrew the First-Called and the organ hall. A complex ticket that allows you to see all the objects of the reserve costs 500 rubles.

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Photo: dostop.ru – Great Pitiunt, Abkhazia

The Khetsuriani Museum is worthy of attention. Here is a collection of a resident of Abkhazia – photographer Georgy Khetsuriani, consisting of ethnic items.

There are sculptures on the embankment that represent contemporary art. One of them – “Divers for Pearls” has become a visiting card of the city. To appreciate the beauty of a composition, you need to examine it from different angles. Two more objects near which tourists like to take pictures are the dilapidated old lighthouse and the monument “Pitsunda Medea”.

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While resting in Pitsunda, do not forget to ride horses, there is an excellent horse base in the city.

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Photo: mytravelbook.org – “Pitsunda Medea”, Abkhazia

Despite the pandemic, tours with flights are available from Moscow to Abkhazia. It is more convenient to get to Adler, and from there enter the country by bus, rented car or taxi. Another option is ferry. Crossing the border through the Psou checkpoint. To get to the resort, you need to wait in line for one and a half to two hours. But once you find yourself in sunny Abkhazia, you will immediately forget about the inconveniences. Sweet wine, juicy fruits, picturesque beaches and sea air will reward you with endurance.

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