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Batumi is a city in Georgia and has around 125,000 inhabitants. Batumi is the capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia. It is the country's major port city and is located in the subtropical part of the country, with generally warm or mild weather year round.
There are 7 boroughs:
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Traditionally in the mid July Batumi hosts the Black sea Jazz festival organized by Eastern Promotion. The six-day jazz event offers a tasteful music to the admirers of jazz all around the world. 4 stages, 21 bands, 37 shows and participants from 11 countries make Batumi the centre of summer vacation.
Batumi has a warm subtropical climate with humidity hovering around 70-80%. Temperatures range from around 10-12 °C in December and January to 26 °C in July and August. Lows average around 5 °C and 19 °C respectively. The absolute records are 40 °C and -7 °C. Batumi receives over 2,700mm of precipitation a year, most of it falling as rain. May is the driest month with less than 100mm, while September to November has 300mm a month or more!
Regular trains connect Batumi with other cities in the country, including Gori and Tbilisi. The small train station is a short taxi ride from the centre.
Buses and minibuses (marshutkas) operate regularly between Batumi and Tbilisi, taking around 6 hours.
A new ferry operates between Sochi, Russia to Batumi, Georgia. It is a high speed hydrofoil which operates three times a week, Wednesdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 9:30am, Sundays at 10:30am. Check the port of Sochi for more information about those crossings.
|Batumi Hostel||Old batumi,Gen.Mazniashvili 13...||HOSTEL||-|
|Boombully Beach Batumi||32 Kldiashvili||Hostel||-|
|Guesthouse in Batumi||97 Melikishvili Str.||GUESTHOUSE||86|
|Bungalo 95||95 Melikishvili||Apartment||-|
|Gulnasi's Guest House||24A Lermontovi Street||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|TJ Hostel||Amagleba 14 Makhinjauri||APARTMENT||-|
|Boombully Studio||1 M. Abashidze ave.||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Batumi Globus||56, Mazniashvili Str.||HOSTEL||-|
|Eiffel Tower Hostel||39/1 M. Abashidze Avenue||HOSTEL||-|
|Apartment on the Sea||Kldiashvili Str 3/33||APARTMENT||-|
|Anri Hostel||Khimshialshvili str. #11/4||HOSTEL||-|
Internet cafés, locally called "internet clubs", are common and cheap in Tbilisi and Batumi but scarce in Kutaisi. Some places offer free WLAN to their customers. At least in Tbilisi, all hostels have free fast WLAN.
There is free Wi-Fi network all over the Tbilisi. Other places might have some hotels, restaurants etc. with (free) wifi.
See also: International Telephone Calls
International calling code for Georgia is 995. The emergency number is 112.
Many Georgians have now have access to a mobile phone and as such public payphones are becomming obsolete in the bigger cities, although there are many places offering phone services, usually attached to an internet cafe of 'Xerox' shop.
Georgia uses GSM (900 MHz and 1800 MHz) for mobile phones and has three mobile operators. Magti, Bee Line and GeoCell. The best coverage is offered by GeoCell which covers most of the country and a fair bit of the mountains. SIM cards can be purchased from all the networks and topped up with scratch cards purchesed from shops or various touch screen 'kiosks' in the bigger cities. It usually works out a lof cheaper compared to roaming with your own cell phone, especially regarding internet costs.
Georgian Post offers a range of services, but don't count on it being very reliable or quick. On top of that they are relatively expensive. It is advisable to post letters in central post offices rather than using the post boxes in the street. Opening hours are usually from 10:00am to 6:00pm from Monday to Friday, some larger ones at Saturday and most are closed on Sunday.
"Georgian International Express Mail Service" is a member of the World Network of "Express Mail Services". It sends letters and parcels to 200 countries and delivers inbound items received by EMS network to all Georgian regions. EMS has branches in Kutaisi, Batumi, Poti, Gori, Marneuli. All items are insured by insurance company "IC Group". Nevertheless, you might use international courier companies lik TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx, as they are reliable, fast and comptitively priced as well.
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