Georgia has a 315-km shoreline along the famous Black Sea. Georgians love to simply rest by the shore, enjoy the breeze, picnic, and spend time with friends and family. Swimming is for the youth, tourists and people who love to have fun in the Black Sea. There are several beaches in the country, one of the most popular of which is the Batumi beach. Swimming in Georgia is a unique experience largely because of the enigmatic reputation of the Black Sea.
The almost landlocked body of water bounded by Europe and Central Asia allegedly earned its name from one of many several possible reasons. Here are a few.
One, in the past, several sailors have died here from fierce storms and so the deaths suggested a dark name for the menacing sea; two, the sea appears to look black because it lacks oxygen in some areas and could not sustain micro-organism life forms; three, some areas are covered with too much fog making the waters look black; four, some portions of the sea are poisonous and toxic; and five, simply because in ancient times black meant north.
The beach in Batumi is never without crowds of beach lovers and foreign tourists. The Black Sea is inviting especially at nights when the waves strangely light up somehow due to the movements of sea planktons along the waters. This is especially true in the month of August. Some also say that Black Sea sands are magnetic and therefore have therapeutic powers.
Batumi is the capital city of Adjara, Georgia’s autonomous republic. The closest Georgian city to Turkey, Batumi is a seaside resort town whose main attraction is the beach. Other attractions and facilities in town all point to the beach. Although the beach does not have a white sandy shore and the seawaters not among the cleanest in the world, they still draw a good number of people who wish to simply hang out. The long and beautiful beachfront esplanade is also an attraction in itself.
Apart from the beach, the city also boasts of mighty mountains, verdant hills, citrus groves and tea plantations.
Another place to go swimming in Georgia is in Ureki, a seaside resort town about 10 km from Batumi and 300 km from the capital city of Tbilisi. It is here in Ureki where the magnetic Black Sea sands are supposed to heal osteoporosis and other bone-related problems. Parents take their children here so they can build stronger bones.
The tiny town of Ureki is also known as the home of the legendary Kolheti lowlands, which was mentioned in the legend The Golden Fleece. Meanwhile, other seaside Georgian resort towns to check out are Sarpi, Kueriati, Kobuleh, Grigoleti, and Gonia.
Although Georgia is primarily known for its scenic mountains and amazing landscapes, surprisingly it is also a country of several bodies of water where locals and tourists can frolic. Georgia has several inland lakes, waterfalls and rivers, the most important of which are the Rioni River, which flows into the Black Sea, and the Mtkvari River, which flows through Tbilisi, the country of Azerbaijan and into the Caspian Sea.
Finally, swimming in Georgia takes a different twist near the Metekh Bridge in Tbilisi. This part of the capital is known for a few 19th-century oriental-style bathhouses. Locals and tourists don’t exactly come here to swim but to take a rejuvenating sulfur bath. Tbilisi is popular for naturally occurring springs of hot sulfur water.