Abkhazia
Abkhazia has preserved a distinctive archaic culture, having withstood the pressure of former conquerors, and the invasion of vacationers, and in the current era of standardization and globalization...
The coast of Abkhazia started developing as a resort before the Revolution of 1917. Sukhum, Pitsunda and Gagra were transformed into national sanatoriums in the Soviet times. The Caucasian mountains in Abkhazia descend to the sea, creating unique landscapes: in one day you can climb up from warm beaches to snowy mountains and go back through subtropical gardens, the old-growth Colchic forest, and alpine meadows dotted with flowers and berries.

Abkhazia has retained its authentic archaic culture resisting both the pressure of bygone conquerors and the invasion of holidaymakers in the modern times of standartization and globalization. Peasants still receive guests in ‘apatska’ – a wicker kitchen with an open hearth in the middle. Falconry is practiced, shepherds high in the mountains store up smoked cheese for the winter, and if you’re asking for a glass of water, be ready to receive five liters of wine. Traditional celebrations feature horse races, sacrifices are offered, and the ancient institution of the elders is integrated into the state power.
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