Autonomous Republic of Adjara
The Autonomous Republic of Adjara is a beautiful region lying along the Black Sea, located in the southwestern corner of Georgia and sharing a border with Turkey. It's a hilly and mountainous territory with some peaks reaching heights of more than 3,000 meters, but Georgian and Russian tourists flock to the low lying coastal regions along the Black Sea.
The temperate climate means that over 60% of Adjara is covered with lush forests. Farmers spend their days growing some of the finest tea, citrus fruits, avocados, and tobacco in the region. Summers are mild, but winters can see averages lows of -8 degrees in the highest mountains. Adjara is the wettest area in the Caucuses. The coastal regions receive more than 2,200 mm of rain while some of the mountainous areas receive more than 4,500 mm of precipitation.
The more than 370,000 residents of Adjara are collectively known as Adjarans. Over 60% of today's Adjarans are Georgian Orthodox Christians and nearly 30% are Muslim. While most Adjarans are ethnic Georgians, there are also small communities of Russians, Armenians, Greeks and more that make Adjara a culturally diverse area.