Abkhazia – Debut on Travel Guides and Blogs
We went to Abkhazia with the “Terra Expedition”. They specialise in car trips in the “all included” format and organise various complexities of off-road tours in Russia and neighbouring countries. The plans include Karelia, Belomorye, Kabardino-Balkaria, Alanya and Belarus. It also was an excellent opportunity to test the premium Chinese off-road vehicle Tank.
If you move from the border along the sea along the Sukhumi highway, then the first major resort on the path is Gagra. Looking at its parks and sanatoriums are still luxurious, although damaged during the Georgian-Abkhaz war of 1992 – 1993. It is hard to believe that there were life-threatening malaria swamps in the second half of the 19th century.
By the beginning of the twentieth century, eucalyptus groves appeared here—also, a magnificent seaside park with exotic plants from other countries. Palaces and hospitals were erected, electric lighting was carried out, and telegraph and water supply.
South of Gagra is the Pitsunda. It is the birthplace of a unique relict, long-tailed pine, and amazing beaches, maybe the best in all of Abkhazia. The town itself is small. Sanatoriums occupy a significant part of it. In the offseason, the streets are deserted. But you can thoroughly study the remains of the ancient fortress of Pitiunt with fragments of Roman barracks, baths and cellars, fortress walls of the Byzantine era and an incredible temple complex IX – X centuries.
It is time to have a rest and relax before exploring the rest of Abkhazia. I will be posting the second part soon! Have a safe and enjoyable travel.