Gagra is located on a narrow coastal strip 2–3 km wide. It represents a continuous subtropical garden with fountains, ponds and walkways. The nicest part of town is the Old Gagra with its magnificent views over the mountains and the bay.
By planeGetting to Abkhazia can be done by plane or train. First, to the city of Adler (suburb of Sochi Russia). Then, about 8 km to the border with Abkhazia, from where it's 22-24 km to Gagra.
By trainThere is a direct train from Moscow to Sukhumi that passes Gagra, which runs at least 2 times a week and more often during summer. Alternatively, get any train to Sochi and then take a bus to Gagra.
By busThere are buses from Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don heading to Sukhumi, Ochamchira, Gali which passes Gagra on its way.
By boatDuring summer there is a boat service from Sochi to Gagra, which costs .
Ruins of the Abaata fortress4th-5th century AD, built by the Anchabadze dynasty-ruling Georgian dynasty. At the beginning of XX century Prince of Oldenburg ordered to demolish part of its walls to build a hotel on that place. Another part of the wall was eroded by sea and almost disappeared. However, the rest of the walls and fortress towers are still in a good shape. Besides, fortress features an inactive early-christianity church of St. Hypatia Gagra.
Restaurant "Gagripsh"Quite famous restaurant that was bought by the Prince of Oldenburg at the World Exhibition in Paris. Represents wooden house with a clock that was made in Norway in 1902.
6th-century churchsaid to be the oldest in Abkhazia, built by Anchabadze dynasty
Marlinsky defensive towerBuilt in 1841
Palace of the Prince of Oldenburg19th-century palace of the Prince Peter of Oldenburg. Started doing it, Prince of Oldenburg has embarked on a plan to create Gagra a climatic resort - "Russian Nice".
- Mansions of the early twentieth century.
Exhibition of woodcarving "Valley of the Winds"
Stalin's dacha near sanatorium "Solnechnyy"
Cave St. HypatiaConsists of two small rooms built by the monks who lived there. Path leading to the cave is quite difficult and hard to find. Worth noting that the cave has just a historical value, it's not anyhow picturesque or anything like that.
Bzyb castle and church of Our LadyChurch was built in X-XI century. It was a cross-domed building with three apses, however, only walls and arches remained to these days, domes are destroyed. Also parts of the ornament can still be seen on the walls.
Relic boxwood groves
River Reprua27 m long river. It originates in the mountains and then flows into the Black Sea. Supposedly, this is one of the shortest rivers in the world. It's also about 10 m wide.
Ritsa National Park
Lake RitsaMagnificent lake surrounded by the mountains of 2,200 to 3,500 m height.
Stalin's dacha at Ritsa lakeOne of the 5 dachas that belong to Stalin. Now it's possible to get inside, look at the interiors and furniture of those times. Dacha consists of several reception rooms, three bedrooms, a huge library and a separate guard house for 300 people.
"Milky" waterfall100 m waterfall that has a milky color due to its high water gassings.
Small Ritsa lakeSmall mountain lake at 1235 m.
Waterfall "Men's Tears"
Avadkhara mineral springSpring with delicious mineral water located at 1650-1700 m above sea level. There is also a cafe near the lower spring. Road leading to the spring is of a very bad quality suitable only for SUVs.
Bzybsky GorgeGorge with rock walls of about 500 m.
Mountains between Gagra and Ritsa National Park
Gegsky waterfall60-70 m waterfall. Located in the northern spurs of the Gagra Range at an altitude of 530 m above sea level.
Mamdzyshkha mountainMountain of 1873 m height offering great views of the surrounding countryside. There is also 2 observation decks on a road leading to the top of the mountain.
Krubera CaveThe deepest known cave on Earth, with a depth of 2,140 m.
Waterfall "Maiden Tears"
Blue LakeSmall mountain lake famous for its bright blue waters.
- Swim at the beach.
- Paragliding from Mamdzyshkha mountain (1873 m). It will take several hours to get up to the mountain by jeep and then at least 30 minutes flight back to the Gagra beach.
Seaside ParkPark created by Prince of Oldenburg in 1903 where a lot of plane trees, palms, agaves, conifers and citrus trees were planted. It was also decorated with ponds and sculptures. One of the park entrances is decorated with a colonnade that is the symbol of Gagra.
Mini zooaddress: seaside Park
phone: +7 499 766 45 16address: д.1,, Zvanba StSpa, massage, restaurant. 30 m from the Black Sea public beach. It features a night club, bowling facilities, beauty salon and a sauna. Rooms at Alex Beach Hotel come with satellite TV and a minibar. Abkhazian and Italian cuisine in the Alex Restaurant, and on-site café. Wellness facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a spa centre. WiFi is available at surcharge. Gagra Train Station is 10 minutes’ drive from Alex Beach Hotel. A shuttle to Sochi International Airport (35 km) is available on request.
phone: +7-940-996-72-76address: д. 52, Abazgaa StWebsite in Russian. A modern 5-storey building with panoramic windows, soundproofing. 60 rooms of different categories with comfortable designer furniture, beautiful interiors. Hot and cold water round the clock. Near the hotel is a cafe, water park, beach, city market, tour desk, children's playground.
address: Abazgaa Street, 57/1Website in Russian. A modern holiday complex located in the area of Novaya Gagra in the immediate vicinity of the city's clean, fine pebble beach, market, water park, central city embankment, restaurants and shops. A 9-storey building is located on its own landscaped territory, there is an autonomous power station that provides round-the-clock supply of light and hot water.
phone: +7 940 996-50-21,address: 50 Abazgaa StreetWebsite in Russian. This Guesthouse is located in the heart of New Gagra, in its own park on the shore of the sea. Seasonal, from May to September. Consists of 15-storey and 3-storey buildings. Private pebble beach 50 m from the pension. Rental of beach equipment, pleasure boats, catamarans, inflatable mattresses, shower room. On the hotel territory: night cafe, bar, restaurant, massage, Barber, beauty shop, free Parking, Jogging track, Park with pool, Spa. Billiards, table tennis, badminton, volleyball court, cinema, disco.
- Auadhare - Abkhazian resort, 18 km from Lake Riza, located at an altitude of 1,600 m, famous for its mineral springs and sulfide waterfall with sparkling water.