Batumi, Georgia’s seaside resort city is in the spotlight once again. At this year’s World Travel Awards hosted by Portugal in June 2019, Batumi was named ‘Europe’s leading emerging tourist destination 2019’, defeating the likes of Baku (Azerbaijan), Derry (Northern Ireland), Kutná Hora (Czech Republic), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Matera (Italy), Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Sofia (Bulgaria).
According to the World Travel Awards organizers, Batumi was recognized as the favorite because of its “captivating mix of Belle Époque meets contemporary splendor”.
Often called the ‘Pearl of the Black Sea’, this Georgian beauty boasts of a number of architectural innovations along with the Western European, Ottoman and Russian architecture in the older parts of the city. Blessed with a moderate climate around the year, Batumi is a popular summer resort town offering beautiful, virgin beaches.
The second-largest city of Georgia, Batumi has undergone major renovations within the last 10 years transforming this once declining destination into a tourism paradise, attracting a newer generation of travelers. Boasting the iconic statue of Ali and Nino, the city is also famous for its 10km long botanical garden, beautiful boulevard and mouth-watering Kachapuri, Batumi’s pizza.
Among others, Russia’s St. Petersburg was named as ‘Europe’s Leading City Destination 2019’. Portugal dominated most of the awards, being named ‘Europe’s Leading Destination 2019’ while also winning under the best beach, city break and island categories for Algarve, Lisbon and Madeira Islands respectively.