Situated on the south-west of Georgia on the Black Sea coast, the town of Batumi and its surroundings are one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The ever-changing colors of the sea wash against the subtropical coastline of palm trees and tea plantations backed by forested hills. The natural beauty of this region is matched by its fascinating history. It spent three centuries under Turkish rule and is still home to a population of Georgian Muslims and yet has maintained its Georgian language and culture throughout. Batumi is the largest city in the region and Georgia’s main port. Its graceful white architecture and subtropical vegetation make it unique among Georgian cities and a magnet for foreign visitors and Georgians alike.