It is definitely worth going to Abkhazia without any expectations, otherwise you can be very disappointed. Tourists note that in the vicinity of cities there is poor mobile communication, there are frequent interruptions in water and electricity in hotels and the private sector, many buildings have an unsightly appearance, there are chain supermarkets only in Sukhum, and in small towns and villages the only store or pharmacy can work on an unknown schedule.
From city to city in Abkhazia can be reached by minibus or taxi. But the former can wait almost hours for more passengers to pick up, while the latter cannot be called up using applications, and they often lack child seats (but there are reckless drivers). Another complaint from vacationers is the lack of good restaurants. Sochi is in the lead: with all of the above, this is in order; except that electricity and water are also periodically turned off – but according to the schedule, warning about this in advance.
In both Sochi and Abkhazia, the vast majority of beaches are pebbly. Sandy areas are rare and usually remote from major resorts, although this does not stop true connoisseurs. Sochi beaches have a richer tourist infrastructure: it is easier to find sun loungers with umbrellas and find entertainment there. But Abkhazia takes with the purity of sea water, comparatively few people and intoxicating air. We bet a draw.
The main disadvantages of Sochi beaches are called dirty water and overcrowding with tourists during the peak season, and the pluses are the length of the coastline and the already mentioned infrastructure.
Entertainment and attractions
Abkhazia is mainly natural attractions: Lake Ritsa, caves of New Athos, gorges and passes, beautiful rivers, forests and waterfalls. There are many interesting monasteries of different eras and ancient ruins. Sochi also has historical architecture and natural areas worth visiting, but the main thing is just an incredible selection of modern entertainment.
Theme parks, sports facilities, an oceanarium and dolphinariums, casinos, a bunch of shopping centers and clubs – vacationers will find all this in Sochi. As well as a full range of entertainment for thrill-seekers – from bungee jumping and paragliding to racing on a real Formula 1 track. So Sochi wins here.
Tour for two to the Abkhazian resort with a flight in June and accommodation in a 4 * hotel will cost an average of 75,000 RUB, in Sochi under the same conditions – from 90,000 RUB and more. In a mid-range cafe, prices in Abkhazia and Sochi will be similar: from 250 RUB per person for lunch. Public transport is cheaper in Abkhazia. Minibuses between cities-towns in Sochi and Abkhazia cost 150-300 RUB depending on the distance, the same is a taxi in the city. A ticket to a water park in the Abkhazian Gagra costs 1500 RUB for an adult and 1000 RUB for a child, in Sochi Loo – 1000 and 700 RUB, respectively. On the main points, Abkhazia still wins, although not by a large margin.
Total: Sochi – Abkhazia – 5:3