Sukhum city hostel

Just at the heart of the city, minutes away from the main contemporary and traditional restaurants, nightlife, coffee houses, museum, theatres and philarmonic hall; just on the waterfront where everyone takes a walk in the evenings in summer and during the good days in other seasons; and 20 minutes walk to the market place SUKHUM CITY HOSTEL is very well located.

It has 4 twin rooms with a sofa bed, fridge, airconditioning, kettle, and other necessities in the adjascent room and a tiny shower-toilet in each room. 

Off season the prices are real cheap and during the season the host is saying he will try to keep the prices reasonable.You can call him at +7 940 935-85-05 to  get a price and reserve a room. 

Kutol Tea Factory – Ecologically Clean Local Tea

It is not much known that Abkhazia has its own tea. Actually during the Soviet times tea was an important kolhoz [communal farm] produce. In the village of Kutol, Ochamchyra region, there was a huge tea factory where before the dissolution of the Soviet Union worked almost 100 people. Today the factory is still running but only about 10 villagers are working there and it doesnt work in full capacity.

You may hear from the Abkhazians that the tea is not good here but actually it is processed in the traditional way without any additives. So it is one of the ecologically clean teas you can get. It is not a very strong tea but has a light taste. You can mix it with dried flowers, fruits or other tea to have a stronger taste if you wish. You dont have to visit the factory to buy tea, you can get their tea and other local producers teas in the market place, including tea bags [not only to brew in the pot but to have in a cup]. But if you are in Kutol you may wish to drop by to see a working Soviet tea factory and smell the tea in all its drying phases. 

Gauda Beach, Novy Afon

Oh we have loads of nice places opening in Abkhazia this year. But I am with a CS traveler now in a lovely beach in Novy Afon called Gauda Beach. It has a nice restaurant on the other side of the road, open all year around. And the beach is lovely with what they call bungalows and fancy comfy beach chairs and umbrellas.

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Its a bit pricy with 200rubles for the sun bed, 700 for the bungalow, 100 for the umbrella. And the food can be called pricy as well though i never checked the menu the locals say it is expensive. But for the Norvegian guests who had local open house wine with their food, it was super cheap.
Today we were lucky to meet the owner who offered us a drink, a pint of sangria.

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It was quite tasty. He said that he makes the wine himself which makes it very special. I totally suggest those who want to spend time at the beach allday resting, sunbathing, having good food and nice drinks to enjoy the beuatiful Novy Afon sea at the Gauda beach.

Guesthouse in Pitsunda

I was talking with a dear friend who speaks English and found out shr has a mini-hotel in Pitsunda district of Gagra, very near the sea. Her name is Kamilla and she says she can be contacted on whatsapp. She has 6 en suit double rooms, eifi, tv , can stay 3 people because the beds are king size. For August 3000 rubles per room and for other summer months 2000 rubles per room. Her number is +79409637511

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New website

It is always a pleasure to start something, give a break and come back with the news that somebody else is doing something better. I have not been able to post much basically due to the fact that it is not the high season of tourism towards Abkhazia but it is the high season of academic events that keep me busy, mobile and away from Abkhazia and touristic sites. I still have loads to post but let me start with something that took my attention today. A project called Discover Abkhazia. Which has a lot of details on touristic places to visit. Though it doesnt share first hand information like I do I strongly suggest you take a look if you are interested: http://www.discoverabkhazia.org/

At Robik’s

Well one of the places you should have a lunch in Sukhum is a restaurant that has worked since 1983. U Robika [At Robik’s] is still looking like a Soviet Stalovoya [restaurant]. It is famous for its cigborek, either with cheese or meat, freshly made according to your order.

In summer, they also serve okrushka [something like Greek tzaziki, Turkish jajik, an Armenian cold soup. Contains boiled eggs], and ayran [made directly from milk, buttermilk] as an alternative cold drink.

Cigborek costs 45 rubles and ayran 25 rubles.

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