A jewel on the Black Sea, the Georgian resort of Batumi is also known as the party capital of the region.
The main city of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia, Batumi is the place young people come looking for warm sea, cool clubs and a never-ending holiday atmosphere.
“The sun is perfect, the sea is great, a lot of people around – this summer is fantastic, lots of concerts, so cool!”, said one young man relaxing on the beach.
A young woman told our reporter, Denis Loctier: “I always come to Batumi – it’s a great place, and I’ve got many friends here!
“The weather is very nice, I always feel great at the seaside – especially the Black sea, and especially Batumi!,” said another young woman.
A stroll along the seafront boulevard reveals a fast-changing city with luxurious new hotels and restaurants, modern sculptures, and fountains everywhere.
“People come because there’s a lot of love, more and more love here… The sea adds a blue colour to this city of white and gold. Batumi is waking up. It’s a city rising from a dream,” enthused Rezi Zoidze, a music events organiser.