Georgia, the land of the sun, the sea and the mountains, thanks to its diverse landscape, offers beach tourism lovers to spend their holidays on the coasts of the Black Sea. The resort town of Kobuleti is famous for its centuries-old traditions of hospitality, historical sights, mild subtropical climate and ionized sea air: all together has a beneficial effect on the body and soul. In this article, we invite you to acquaint yourself with the peculiarities of beach holidays in Kobuleti, one of the most popular Black Sea coasts in Georgia.
Holiday in Kobuleti: Natural Features
Kobuleti is located in the southwest of Adjara, about 25 km from Batumi, the capital of Adjara. Kobuleti is the most closely located resort to the seashore. The climate here is mild subtropical. In Kobuleti, the norm of atmospheric precipitation is 2,500-3,000 mm per year. Maximum precipitation falls in September, and the minimum amount is in May. The average annual temperature is 13-15 degrees above zero. In summer, the average temperature is 26-30 degrees, which is great for a comfortable swim in the sea. It should be noted that the beaches in Kobuleti are mostly small-pebble, wide, with a slope and a gentle entrance into the sea. The length of the coastline is about 10 km.
The magic air of Kobuleti is worth mentioning: thanks to pine and cedar groves, the air is filled with phytoncides and essential oils – biologically active substances that suppress the growth and development of bacteria, microscopic fungi, and protozoa.
Kobuleti gained popularity in the XIX century. According to the decree of the Russian Emperor Alexander II, a luxurious country house was built in the coastal zone of the resort, where the emperor spent the summer holidays together with his family. Since then, Kobuleti became known as the “Russian Riviera”. Apart from a beach holiday, Kobuleti is known as one of the medical and sanatorium centers in Georgia. The subtropical climate, pine air, and the sun contribute to the treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
2 km from the city there are mineral springs, rich in healing water. Mineral water helps in the treatment of diseases related to the digestive organs, metabolic disorders, and problems with liver, gall bladder, kidney and urinary tract. Mud and mineral baths have a good effect on the health of people with diseases of bones and joints, nervous system and skin diseases, as well as hypertensive and gynecological diseases.
Holiday in Kobuleti: Attractions
The resort of Kobuleti is rich in a thousand-year history, which takes its origins from the Stone Age. Archaeological finds on the Black Sea coast, belonging to the era of ancient Colchis, indicate the one-time prosperity of this area. Magnificent golden artifacts, ceramic and jewelry tell the scientists about the former glory and richness of the ancient civilization that once inhabited these lands.
If you want to diversify your beach vacation and learn a lot of interesting information about the history of Adjara, we advise you to visit the Museum of Ethnography in Kobuleti. The museum preserves more than 500 archaeological, historical, ethnographic artifacts discovered during excavations in the vicinity of Kobuleti. Household items as well as ancient tools of primitive man are represented in the expositions devoted to the Stone and Bronze Ages. The museum is located in the city, next to the railway station and the Liberty Bank office.
|Address: Kobuleti, Agmashenebeli Str, 40
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-18:00
Ticket price: 5 GEL (2 USD)
Another historical landmark in Kobuleti is the ruins of the ancient Byzantine fortress of Petra, near the village of Tsihisdziri. The fortress of Petra was built in the V-VI centuries under the emperor Justinian. The fortress was of strategic importance, as it was located on the trade route connecting Western Georgia, the Byzantine provinces, Iran and Armenia. That is why the fortress had repeatedly become the reason and the scene for the heavy battles between the warring states. Archaeological finds have revealed several cultural layers dating from the early and late Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. Among the ruins of the ancient fortress, you can see the temple, baths, the granary, climb the observation tower, which offers magnificent views of the sea and surroundings. Entrance to the fortress is free.
Among the natural attractions can be noted the national parks of Kintrishi and Mtirala with its pristine pure forests, where you can go hiking along special trails, enjoying untouched nature.
Holiday in Kobuleti: Entertainment
The Black Sea resort of Kobuleti is an important tourist center for Georgia. Tourists are attracted by affordable prices, comfortable beaches equipped with showers, sun loungers, and umbrellas (for a fee), water attractions, many coastal bars, and cafes. Kobuleti is the second largest and most important city in Adjara after Batumi. Here you can find a bustling nightlife with plenty of young people. Every year the resort’s infrastructure is developing and flourishing. The central street of Kobuleti is literally dotted with clubs, bars, and cafes, where you can taste delicious Georgian cuisine.
Couples with children as well as the young are advised to visit the amusement park of “Tsitsinatela” which means “firefly” in Georgian. The name is chosen for good: with the onset of darkness, the park is illuminated with thousands of lights. In the park, you can ride on various attractions, both extreme and not so much. It is worth considering that tickets can only be bought at the ticket office at the entrance to the park. So take care of the desired number of tickets in advance and enjoy the fun.
Holiday in Kobuleti: Hotels
Kobuleti hotel infrastructure was well developed in the Soviet period. There were many sanatoriums, which, unfortunately, ceased to function with the collapse of the USSR. Compared with neighboring Batumi, expensive and luxurious hotels in Kobuleti are only a few. Boutique hotels, apartments, guesthouses or simply rooms that locals rent out for affordable prices (from $10 to $15 per person per night) are more popular. Accommodation by rent is an excellent alternative for tourists who are focused on thrifty holidays. And those tourists, who prefer more comfortable conditions, can choose between the best hotels in Kobuleti presented below.
Kobuleti Georgia Palace Hotel & Spa opens the top five hotels in Kobuleti. This five-star hotel is located on the first coastline with a private beach area. From the balconies, you can enjoy a splendid view of the sea. The hotel includes SPA and beauty treatments, a gym, heated outdoor and indoor pools, free wireless internet.
Castello Mare Hotel & Wellness Resort is another 5-star hotel that offers its guests spacious rooms with balconies and sea view. The hotel has a fitness center, swimming pools, a tennis court and a wellness center with SPA treatments. The hotel is also located on the first line and has its own beach.
Kobuleti Pearl of Sea Hotel & Spa is a four-star hotel on the first line. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room, as well as a spa and wellness services.
Kobuleti Beach Club can be attributed rather to boutique hotels. There are 9 rooms with air conditioning, free toiletries, internet, and balconies with sea view. The hotel has its own beach area; there is also an outdoor pool and a small gym. This hotel is perfect for a family holiday.