Abkhazia is a non-recognized breakaway state which declared independence from Georgia in 1993 after 13 month of war. They have their own language, flag and government, but have strong ties to Russia and use Russian ruble. You can enter from both the Georgian (apply for visa online) and the Russian side, though you can't continue into Georgia if entering from Russia (and therefor need a Russian double entries visa). The number of sights in Abkhazia are very limited to a beautiful countryside, a mountain lake, a cave, a church and a monastery, but the hordes of Russian tourists adore the Black Sea coast the most. However, if you are into abandoned buildings and general neglected urban scenery, Abkhazia will fascinate you.
Our guide to Abkhazia.