Microsoft’s Bing Maps says: “Depart from Yerevan on M24 road and drive 5.2 miles, turn right onto highway A325 … cross over to Georgia… Arrive at Kobuleti, Ajaria, Georgia on the right.” Yep, looks like the Bing Maps is the best option for Armenians planning to ride to the Black See for an escape from summer heat in an affordable seaside location in Georgia.
For routing and directions inside Armenia, Google Maps is still my favorite, as Bing has neither detailed street maps, nor directions even inside Yerevan. Still, Google Maps directions hasn’t rolled out in Georgia yet, so getting driving directions from Yerevan to Batumi or Kobuleti, as in the example above, won’t be possible on Google Maps.
Meanwhile, some Armenians might prefer not to travel to Georgia for summer holidays, as public beaches have been established around Lake Sevan by a presidential decree, which are “aimed at providing free and efficient recreation and leisure for the population.”
One of the main reasons, why Armenians used to flock to seaside beaches in Georgia, was the fact, that it was more expansive to rent space and rest near Lake Sevan. Availability of free public beaches might reshuffle holiday plans for some.
Sure enough, the Black See is still more appealing with its warmer sun and salty water, so Bing Maps directions will be there to help.