UN Protected Areas
Adjara (the southwest region of Georgia, where Batumi is the capital) offers a number of opportunities for you to get up close and personal with Mother Nature. Situated on the southeastern banks of the Black Sea, this particular region of Georgia is a hub of flora and fauna, boasting a rich amalgam of unique plant and animal species. Adjara is home to 3 UN-protected areas located a 30-minute drive from Batumi.
Hikers and adventure enthusiasts won’t be able to get enough of the diverse Adjarian landscape. Picture this – majestic mountains, stunning seascapes, and acres of lush green parks and preserves are yours to explore. Over half of the region is covered by woods, many parts of which constitute perpetual rain forests.
Mtirala National ParkSituated on the outskirts of Batumi, Mtirala National Park is a mandatory target for nature lovers. At 1,381 meters above sea level, this park is a host to tropical flora within its evergreen forests. This area is actually the rainiest part of Georgia (Mtirala translates to "weeping" in Georgian), where you can find registered plants of over 284 species – many of which are unique to this particular location.
At a distance of 2 kilometers from the Visitor’s Center, there’s a picnic site – a flat area shadowed by a plane tree. A mountain spring and streamlet flow nearby.
Kintrishi Protected AreaFound in the Kintrishi river valley, Kintrishi Protected Area is surrounded by picturesque mountains and a tiny village. The majority of the territory spreads on mountains and gorge where 2 horse and foot trails are available for tourists. Along the trails, camping places are arranged with fire spots and picnic areas.
Kobuleti Protected AreaAnother protected zone, Kobuleti Protected Area, is home to the renowned peat moss land, which is nourished exclusively with rainwater. Recognized by the Ramsar Convention, this unique waterfowl habitat wetland ecosystem of international importance boasts a 25 – 45 cm thick sphagnum layer that covers the marsh like a green blanket. The area is famous for attracting a striking variety of wader species (birds associated with wetland or coastal environments), many of which are listed in the Red Book of Endangered Species. You can take educational/scientific tours along the peatland for the maximum experience.
Plan your adventure by booking a room at Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi for the most comfortable experience.