Usually in Abkhazia escape from boring everyday life to lie on the beach and be alone with nature.
But this country is woven not only from salt spray, the mountains and the sun: there is my Stonhenge, and the Prince's castle, and fine cuisine, and mysterious legends.
Arm yourself with our tips and Abkhazia open new sides:1. Find your perfect beach
vacation want to end up inside the desktop Wallpaper. Although Abkhazia is not a tropical island, to get closer to the dream you can — you just need to choose a suitable beach. Romantics will love the Gudauta: according to legend, the name of the resort consists of the names of young lovers, hood and Uta. The beaches are mostly wild: if you do not mind the lack of sun loungers and umbrellas, come build towers of pebbles and enjoy privacy.
Children have a good rest Sinop on the sandy beach near Sukhumi or in Pitsunda. In Pitsunda Bay no storms, so that you can safely swim even with kids. The Central beach there are all amenities — tray with ice-cream to locker rooms and showers.
Off you go to Gagra in the middle of the season then a lot of people have a chance to make new friends and together go to a club or water Park. The rave — the beaches of New Gagra, where gravel alternating with sandy beaches.
2. Dive in the underwater city,
the ocean depths off the coast of Sukhum, not only hide the fishes and the caves, but ruins of the ancient city Dioscuriada, and the tanker during the Second world war. Grab a mask and flippers to explore the underwater world of Abkhazia. In Pitsunda Bay in one and a half hour drive from Sukhum are waiting for you the ruins of the ancient Pitiunta, and if you dive to the bottom of Blue lake, learn why he has such a fabulous color.3. Take to the mountains on a paraglider
I'm Sure many of your friends are vacationing in Abkhazia, but hardly anyone brought holiday photos of the mountains and the sea, shot from a paraglider. Experienced adventurers will experience new trails, and beginners will receive instruction and vivid impressions. If this is your first flight on a paraglider and you're a little timid, an instructor: you will only need to relax in the hanger and admire the view.4. Explore caves of New Athos
new Athos monastery brings together six churches, St. Panteleimon Cathedral stands alone among them. Admire the frescoes on the walls of the former refectory and note the gift of the Emperor Alexander III — musical chimes in the tower of the Western wing. Don't miss the new Athos karst cave: ride by train to the grotto, you will see underground lakes and "stone flower" — the corallites. And if you're lucky, be able to go to a music concert in the hall of the cave Aparna.5. Conquer the river Bzyb
river Bzyb is good to admire from the shore, but even more interesting is to raft through it on the raft. Choose a site and prepare for the chilly soul: the river and then effusions invigorating waves and counter company spray the rafters as if all of them are six years old. Why don't you fool around?
6. Visit witness the historic battles
In the seventh century on the Iberian mountain the Byzantines built Anakopia fortress for protection from the Arabs. Today it has the remains of walls, towers and arched gates. Climb to the panoramic platform of the watchtower, you'll see the black sea coast, the Caucasus mountains and the new Athos monastery. And don't forget to take some shots of the stone tank which is always full of pure water: locals believe that it has miraculous properties.
Take a stroll along the ruins Kelasuri, or great Abkhazian wall, which in ancient times consisted of 300 fortresses, and walk to the castle of Bagrat. Here is photographed against the picturesque ivy-covered walls and to admire the coast through the recess of the former towers.7. Look at non-freezing lake
At an altitude of 950 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains, beautiful lake Ritsa. For more than two centuries, it changes depending on the season: in spring and summer the Ritz yellow, and in winter and autumn blue. There is always something to do: stroll through the relic Park, ride on a catamaran and watch the trout in the clear water. Well, let it be nimble: dine fresh fish in a seaside cafe.
Do not hesitate to make contact with sellers in markets and colliding inhabitants of the surrounding villages. The Abkhazians about every place there is a beautiful legend, and they will tell them to you with pleasure and in the people.
13 km from Ritsa lake awaits you another water body with a surprisingly bright water, which does not darken even in bad weather and does not freeze in winter. Legends offer two versions of the appearance of the Blue lake. One in the cave lived a wise hospitable hermit with blue eyes. When the aliens decided to Rob the old man in a grotto gushing azure water, and they fell into the trap. The second legend tells of the beautiful Jazlan that lives in underwater Palace. One day she got angry at the careless suitor, and so flung it on the ground that the roof of the cave collapsed and this place was a large blue lake.8. Read the story of Sukhum by the annual rings
In the Sukhumi Botanical garden, grow bamboo, Magnolia and Chinese tea. But first things first, say Hello to local Patriarch — 300-year-old Caucasian Linden. This tree with a diameter of three meters was growing here before the bottom of the garden. In 1977 it was cut down by the Turks, and in 1987 a hurricane demolished a large part of the crown. And yet lust for life was stronger, and today, lime continues to reach for the Abkhaz the hot sun.9. Will dacite to the Gega waterfall on horseback
, the Wind in your face, the excitement of horse racing and unexplored places ahead — horse ride will make you feel like in Abkhazia is not an ordinary tourist, and a brave pioneer. Go riding in Pizunda-Mussorsky reserve to see the ruins of a medieval temple, breathe curative pine air and enjoy the Gega waterfall. And keep the camera in the reserve is inhabited by chamois and deer.10. Learn how monkeys are trained in space
Thanks to the primates of the Sukhumi monkey nursery scientists have invented a new cure for measles and hepatitis, and it was here that the trained macaques astronauts. To celebrate the contribution of local inhabitants to science, in the nursery, a monument monkey: a model was made by the leader of the herd hamadryas Murray. When you decide to meet with the monkeys closer, bring bananas or apples. But liberties do not hurry — even the bribery of sweets does not always save us from trying to assign your phone or camera.
11. Try carbonated water from a source
After a walk to the healing springs Aadhar you will have a new quality standard of mineral water: sparkling water directly from the ground compares with a drink from the bottle. Especially if you try it in the Alpine meadows.12. Admire the castle of the founder of the Gagra
In 1901, the Prince of Oldenburg, of the Russian Imperial family decided to turn Gagra into a local nice. Telephone and Telegraph, water and electricity, hotels, restaurants and baths transformed her into a leading resort of the country. Took care of the Prince and of himself: in the mountains a castle was built in the art Nouveau style with a red tile roof and sokolnichye tower. Take a look at it only from outside: the building is abandoned.
But the restaurant "gagripsh", which was filmed "Winter evening in Gagra" performed Chaliapin and dined Chekhov, continues to host guests. The building itself is the Prince of Oldenburg was personally chosen at the world exhibition in Paris in Gagra the structure was transported in disassembled form. Today in the "Gagripsh" it's good to enjoy a glass of wine and standing on a balcony overlooking the sea. If you're lucky, you'll see how to manually make the famous clock on the façade. On the way back to take a picture on the background of the Gagra colonnade and stroll along Primorsky Boulevard.13. Take a selfie at the "Mercedes" of the Prince
a long time Ago, when there was no selfie sticks, there lived in the village of Ldzaa under the Pitsunda resourceful Georgians, who invented the first photograph of tourists on a background of Blue lake. It is profitable, and the concept of "investment banking" he did not know, therefore, invested earnings in its collection. But so active that she had to build a separate house, known today as the house of the merchant, or the Museum culture of the peoples of the Caucasus.
On the first floor a collection of samovars and old coach. On the second, national costumes, weapons, utensils and furniture, musical instruments and hunting trophies. Don't miss the detailed model of the village: they were doing a collector, George Khetsuriani. And the centerpiece of the exposition will meet you in front of the house: they say that the Phaeton is the Mercedes George Asanovich gave the Prince of Oldenburg, the annual corn crop14. Listen to the body in the ancient temple of
Pitsunda temple is worth a visit for the concert of organ music. Come early to see the paintings of the XV century and the still earlier images of the apostles in the dome. The structure is of historical and architectural complex "Great Pitiunt": be sure to stroll around — you will see the ruins of temples IV and VI centuries.
15. Take a look at the local Stonehenge
Abkhazians anciently revered ancestral Shrine. Every kind of such a place, but there are seven sanctuaries that are common to all people. The most important of them — the mountain dydrypsh-NYHA near the village Achandara. In 1992 the prayer there were conducted personally by the head of Abkhazia Vladislav Ardzinba. But Small-nykha priestly family Acryl considers family and rarely admits to the agony of strangers. Look of the sanctuary in different ways: Small-nykha is the clearing of the Orthodox Church, Elir-nykha — underground bunker, and Klac-nykha — a small castle, overgrown with greenery.
If to the sanctuary, you are unlikely to admit, dolmens, stone tombs of the III-II centuries BC — you can freely explore the village of Upper Escher. Ibid meet local Stonehenge set in a circle of stones marked the place of the temple under the open sky. To get to Usher from Sukhum by bus, and then ask directions from locals — unless, of course, not about the quest for self-finding of dolmens and cromlechs.16. Visit the abandoned platform
Psyrtskha Railway platform built on the shore of the lake in 1994. Even then she stood out pretentious decorations. And today, a special charm gives the place its abandonment in 2011, this stopping point was removed from the schedule.
Admire an artificial waterfall and a pavilion in the Moorish style: in the past it sold tickets. The ceiling is decorated with stucco, and on the floor — the intricate ornamentation in the form of a star, which symbolizes harmony. The railroad insidiously spread a banana grove, but not in a hurry for prey: past the platform still trains, so going on the rails is dangerous.17. Rate the local cuisine
, the friendly Abkhaz people will not understand if you leave something on the plate or, God forbid, leave without tasting the Hominy. This unusual corn porridge cut waxed floss or a knife. Same of corn flour cook churek — the cakes are especially good with cheese, Ashwaganda (native pork) or escapada (sour milk cheese with mint).
To feast on fresh churchkhela, to get lost in the variety of teas to choose Souvenirs go to Gagra's market: the fruit here is cheaper than in the store, and in addition to fragrant mixture of spices for pilaf will receive a packet of curry.
If during a tasting Abkhazian honey in the apiary choose between chestnut and BlackBerry-blueberry — do not torment: the long winter evenings to tea will go both. And to find the perfect wine compare red semisweet "Aatsy," white dry", Awaseru" and issued for the anniversary of Sukhum Abbazia winery "Kondzhariya". published
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