Abkhazia (Abkhaz: ÐÒ§ÑÐ½Ñ‹ (Apsny), Georgian: áƒáƒ¤áƒ®áƒáƒ–áƒ”áƒ—áƒ˜, Russian: ÐÐ±Ñ…Ð°Ð·Ð¸Ñ) is a de facto independent state that seceded from — but is still claimed by — Georgia. It lies mainly on the eastern shores of the Black Sea in the Caucasus region. To its northwest, across the Psou River (ÐŸÑÐ¾Ñƒ Ñ€ÐµÐºÐ°) is Russia; the Russian city of Sochi is nearby. To its east, across the Enguri River, lies Northwestern Georgia. The Greater Caucasus mountain range occupies its northern territory. The coastal lowlands have a subtropical climate. In Abkhazia's small area snow-covered mountains meet beaches, caves, and lakes. A long human history has left an architectural and cultural legacy that complements its natural beauty.
Abkhazia was a popular tourist destination back in Soviet days because of its mild climate, its beaches, and interesting nature. The country's tourism infrastructure has been developing again, but so far, it is frequented mainly by tourists from Russia and other CIS countries.