A handful of countries partially recognize the Republic of Abkhazia. Fighting for independence from Georgia, this beautiful area features not only beaches and palm trees but also some open scars from several conflicts in recent years. In Soviet times, Abkhazia was considered the “Red Riviera”. A relatively mild climate drew in tourists from all the former republics behind the iron curtain. The towns of Sukhumi, Novy Afon, and Gagra still feature a lot of health spas in various states of decay.