THE HIGHLANDS OF AJARA

Gonio - Apsaros Fortress

n the charming resort of Gonio, which is located 15 km from the city of Batumi, for more than one millennium one of the most important attractions of antiquity is the Gonio-Apsaro Fortress, which in Greek means a place where fish are not found. The fortress dating from the XV-XVII centuries BC keeps many myths and legends, according to one of them, the son of King Aeetes, Absyrtus, who was killed by Jason, was buried here. Also on the territory of the Fortress there is a grave which is considered to be the grave of the Apostle Matthew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Farther along the route, scenic spots await us that will not leave indifferent even an experienced traveler.
We will walk along the stone arched medieval bridge "Queen Tamar", which has been majestically flaunting over the river for 900 years.
We will stop for photography sessions at the Makhuntseti waterfall, this is one of the highest waterfalls in Ajara – 48 m. We will visit several more bridges during the reign of Queen Tamar, also we will visit the Adjarian Wine House, where we will have our lunch.
Lunch at one of the local restaurants. The cost of lunch is paid by tourists on their own.
Further, on the way back to Batumi, we will drive along the Kakhaber lowland along the bank of the Chorokhi river, stop at the confluence of the Chorokhi and Adjaristskali rivers. We will climb the Gvara fortress. Built in the 5-6th century AD, this fortress was a strategic point to control the exit to the Black Sea.

The Highlands of Ajara

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