Meet the Circassian village of Agui-Shapsug on the shores of the Black Sea

The Circassian village of Agui-Shapsug is located on the mountainous channel of the Agui River in the Black Sea region of the Circassian homeland. It is located 8 km north of the city of Tuapse, 104 km south of the city of Krasnodar, and 7 km west of the Black Sea coast.

The villagers are Circassians and they are over 2000 people. The economy of the village is mainly based on tourism and agriculture. Tourist routes to the waterfalls and dolmens in the Agui River basin, as well as various peaks of the southern slope of the main Caucasus ridge pass through the village. In the vicinity of the village there are large orchards of hazelnuts, cherries, pears, apple trees and vineyards.

In the Agui River gorge there are remnants of Circassian settlements from the Russo-Caucasus War period as well as remnants of ancient Circassian gardens.

The lands of the settlement border the settlements: Agui in the west, Nibug in the northwest, Tzipka in the east, and Tuapsa in the southeast.

The village is located on the southern slope of the main Caucasus ridge. The terrain is very rocky and mostly mountainous. The average elevations in the village are about 90 meters above sea level. To the west of the village are the Shaga Mountains, Mount Azip (486), Mount Chubat (568), Mount Ziziko (669) and Mount Mazafa (689). To the east are Mount Masjay (651) and Mount Shakalith (680).

 At the top of the Agui River there is a popular peak among tourists - Mount Agui (994 m). The surrounding mountains and ridges are covered with dense forest dominated by pines, larch, chestnut trees, etc.

Below is a video filmed by the TV channel of the city of Tuapse in which it tells about the Circassians of Agui-Shapsug, about the culture, history and Circassian customs. The program is in Russian language.