Poti, Georgia

Main sea gates of Georgia

Poti is a Georgian city and a major seaport, located in the Rioni river delta on the Black Sea coast, 340 kilometers from Tbilisi. The city ranks third in the country among the other ports in maritime traffic. Moreover, the city has its own fish processing plant and shipyard.

Historically, in the place of modern Poti there used to be the ancient city of Fazis, founded two and a half thousand years ago in the days of Colchis. During the Turkish expansion in the XVI century, there was built the Poti fortress, and the dwellings eventually built up around it, gradually developed into the city of Poti in its modern form and boundaries.

Among the interesting places to visit in Poti are the Regional Museum, Poti Seaport Museum and Drama Theatre. The city also has a cognitive arboretum, presenting a large collection of plants of the Western Black Sea region.

In the neighborhood there is Lake Paliastomi, included within the boundaries of Kolkheti National Park. It boasts a unique species of flora and fauna, in particular relic liana forests, strictly prohibited for logging by law. It preserves unique tropical forests, which were formed 65 million years ago! Today the park features guided tours for tourists. The most interesting thing is the way to reach these forests, by boats only, so the visitors won’t be bored.

For fans of outdoor activities, including hiking, picnics and outings, Poti is an ideal place. So, “must seen” for such a tourist is the incredibly beautiful lake Paliastomi, which has also guided tours with inclusion of the sport fishing and picnics. In certain seasons you can also watch the flocks of migratory birds.

An interesting landmark and unique resort in Poti is Magnetic Sands in Ureki. These unique magnetic black sands, having no analogues in the world, feature amazing healing properties for cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory and skeletal systems. They are used in treatment of hypertension and neurosis.

Together or individually, the attractions and resort areas of Poti, including its outskirts make a city’s big tourist potential, which makes it attractive for domestic and foreign tourists.