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Sochi is the largest resort city in Russia, located in the Krasnodar Territory on the northeast coast of the Black Sea and considered the resort or summer capital of the state. In addition, it is a major sports, cultural and economic center and a very important transportation hub. In 2014, the Olympic Games were held here, and in Forbes magazine, Sochi was recognized as the best city in the country to do business.

By the way, Sochi is the longest city in Russia, since the length of the coastline is as much as 145 kilometers. Population: about 400 thousand people. The area is equal to 3502 km2, and over 80% are protected natural objects. Human settlements also occupied only 8.1% of the entire territory.

The resort city of Sochi consists of four large districts, each of which includes several rural districts:

  • Central or directly Sochi is the very heart of the city, this is where all the most interesting is concentrated. This area is ideal for active family or youth recreation.
  • Adler district or Adler is a great place for visitors. Here you can find numerous hotels, guest houses, numerous clean beaches, as well as cafes and shopping centers, in general, everything you need for a good rest and comfort for tourists.
  • Khosta is a fairly quiet area, surrounded on all sides by mountains. And that is why it is a little warmer here and there is almost no wind, and the humidity is slightly lower than in other places. There are also beaches and numerous green and even protected areas.
  • Lazarevsky district (Lazarevskoe) is considered the longest. It is dominated by the private sector, but over the past few years there have been built a lot of modern private hotels. The only negative is the distance from the center. In addition, to get from Lazarevsky in Sochi, you need to overcome the 70-kilometer serpentine.

The nature of Sochi is unique, it just can not but admire. Perhaps, in this city there is everything: mountains, hills, ravines, turbulent rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes. Impressive, right? The flora of Sochi deserves attention, because here you can find a variety of plants, including palm trees, osmanthus, candy trees, kiwi, figs, ginkgo, cedars, strawberry trees, maples, figs, and so on. By the way, there are many parks and nature reserves in the city.

The climate of Sochi is subtropical humid, so the humidity here is quite high. But the weather is directly influenced by such factors as the circumference of mountain ranges and the proximity of the sea. The mountains protect the resort from strong winds, and the sea warms in winter and gives coolness in the hot summer.

Summer is long here, it begins almost in the middle and end of April and ends only in October. Autumn covers November and December. From February to mid-March, a rather mild winter lasts. The short spring begins in March and ends in April.

The average temperature is about 15-18 degrees. In summer, it is about 25-30 degrees, and in winter the temperature is usually around 3-6 degrees, but it can fall even below 0. The greatest amount of precipitation falls in winter, but more often it rains in Sochi, but snowfall is rare. But in the mountains the snow can lie from December to April.

When is the best time to relax in Sochi?

The swimming season lasts almost five months: from April to November. During this period, the water temperature is about 22-26 degrees. July and August are considered the hottest months. Many come to Sochi in September, from this month begins the so-called velvet season, which lasts almost two months.

How to get there?

Getting to Sochi is faster and more convenient on an airplane. The international airport is located in the Adler district. But you can choose and train.

Communication between certain areas is carried out by fixed-route taxis, buses and minibuses, as well as electric trains (including the modern high-speed “Swallow”).

Where to stay?

Since Sochi is a resort city, tourists are offered many options for staying in it. Especially numerous hotels (including comfortable, five-star and working on the system "all inclusive") and motels. If you are planning a budget vacation, then pay attention to the guest houses and pensions. Also here there are holiday homes, tourist bases and recreation centers. But it is possible to rent an apartment or a private house, there are also a lot of such offers.

What's so interesting?

What to see on vacation in Sochi?

  1. Arboretum is located almost in the heart of the resort town. It presents a mass of flora samples, including unique ones.
  2. Park "Riviera". It was founded in 1989, but to this day it makes happy both Sochi residents and visitors. It's very beautiful here!
  3. Listing the sights of Sochi, attention should be paid to the Olympic venues, among which the Adler-Arena occupies a special place.
  4. Winter Sports Palace "Iceberg".
  5. House-Museum "Stalin's Dacha" - is one of the country residences of Joseph Vissarionovich.
  6. Winter Theater Sochi.
  7. Ice Palace "Big". In it, during the 2014 Olympic Games, hockey competitions were held.
  8. Sochi History Museum. This is the oldest cultural institution of the city, which was opened in 1920 and still works today.
  9. Sochi Park. Here lovers of all kinds of rides will definitely like it.
  10. Olympic Park. If you want to see with your own eyes all the Olympic facilities, then by all means go here.
  11. Sochi Oceanarium is considered the largest in Russia, so any tourist should go here.
  12. Garden Museum "Tree of Friendship." The history of this beautiful and unique place began with a single tree, planted in 1934 by Soviet scientists Zorin.
  13. "Tea Houses" in Uch-Dere. Here you can get acquainted with the age-old Russian traditions and try several varieties of the invigorating drink.
  14. "Thirty-three waterfalls." This is a stunner that makes one think about the eternal. This unique place is located in the Lazarevsky district.

What is there to do?

In Sochi, everyone will find activities to their liking, because here you can both relax on the beach and enjoy the gentle rays of the sun, and do extreme sports, such as diving, surfing, diving and so on. In addition, there are almost all water attractions. Romantics can just walk around the city.

In Sochi, you can taste the dishes of Russian and Abkhazian cuisines, as well as many others. Especially popular are various delicacies made from meat and fish. In addition, sauces and condiments are appreciated. Favorite drink is wine.

Let the rest in the amazing city of Sochi be remembered for all your life!

Take the train / bus

It's cheaper. But not so comfortable (especially on the bus), and the time is longer. There is nothing more to add. I only know that in that year, in order to buy cheap tickets for the necessary train, the people stormed the railway ticket office, as in times of restructuring. BUT bus tours to Sochi start in every city where there is at least one travel agency.

Beaches in Sochi

Many tourists try to understand - what is the difference between beaches in different areas of Sochi? Which beach is the best?

I tried to answer this question honestly in this article: One day in search of the perfect beach

I’ll say right away that there are no sandy beaches in Sochi. You can not look. There are municipal beaches, there are departmental. There are running, and there are very comfortable. In principle, you can come and swim on any beach for free. But renting a sunbed and umbrella will cost money. The average price for renting equipment on a municipal beach: 200 rubles for a lounger + 100 rubles for an umbrella for the whole day.

Toilets, showers, cafes - these pleasures are on all Sochi beaches.

Prices for holidays in Sochi

The cost of a trip to Sochi can be different. It all depends on the season, place of residence, the number of tourists in your group and the level of comfort you are applying for.

I am analyzing the price dynamics in Sochi for the fourth year and here are the conclusions I come to:

  • prices for public transport are periodically raised (for example, the ticket for “Swallow” went up by 2-3 times during this time, by 1.5 times for buses)
  • hotel prices remain almost unchanged when compared with the same season of previous years. But between summer and winter prices, the difference, of course, is. Summer more expensive to live on the coast, and in the mountains you can find very low cost options. In winter, accordingly, on the contrary.
  • but the cost of renting is constantly increasing. For example, that apartment in Poliana, which we rented for 20 thousand in the first winter, was already worth 40 in this winter ...

Top 20 tourist routes in Sochi

I have especially many articles devoted to what can be seen in Sochi. Below I list the most interesting, IMHO, tourist sites in Sochi. What exactly this list you will have time to see depends on the number of days you have planned to spend at the resort and your preferences.

It’s unlikely that you will be able to visit all the iconic places in one visit, so I grouped them into conditional ones. routes. It is up to you to master them yourself or with the help of a good guide with a car.

If you choose the second option, here is the phone of the guys who will help you organize interesting trips: +79384600693. Still, the car can see a lot more places, especially on the SUV. Well, you can make up and discuss your individual route with them.

Route options for 1-3 days

So, if you have very little time to inspect Sochi, I advise you to seize the following objects:

Day 1: Sea Port - the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel - the embankment at MayakArboretum

Day 2: Mount Akhun - Agur Waterfalls

3 day:Olympic Park

All of these objects usually come in Sightseeing tour of Sochi. But if you are on your car, you can try to drive around them yourself: What can you see in Sochi if you get tired of lying on the beach

If you have time, you can go to museums or drive on the kart circuit. I propose to read these articles in order to understand that of all the proposed it will be interesting for you:

If you have at least 5-7 days in Sochi, then the route can be much richer.

Route options for 5 - 7 days

You can do a lot in Sochi in a week. Then to all the above objects, feel free to add the following routes to your program:

Krasnaya Polyana - “Russian Switzerland” + resorts Rosa Khutor, Gorki Gorod, Gazprom + dolmens + CEC My Russia + Aviary complex + apiary (tour “Protected Krasnaya Polyana”)

This journey will take all day, but you will get a lot of impressions and understand why I, having got here 4 years ago, could not leave Krasnaya Polyana ...

Those who are goingin Sochi with a child, this article will be irreplaceable for you: Sun, sea, chupa-chups ... Where to go to Sochi with a child?

Children in Sochi will also find interesting places for themselves!

I directly strongly recommend the following route to those who are used to receiving everything at once: Krasnaya Polyana + waterfall + female monastery in the mountains + SkyPark + trout farm + glass-blowing show (excursion 5 wonders of Mzymta)

Further, I advise you to look at the following routes:

Waterfalls in Sochi

Rest on the waterfalls is one of the most popular pastime options in Sochi! Firstly, it is very beautiful! Secondly, it is a good exercise. Thirdly - the opportunity to refresh in the heat.

Here are the most popular waterfalls and canyon routes:

Surfing in Sochi

This sport is becoming increasingly popular among tourists. In Sochi, almost all of its varieties are available: kitesurfing, windsurfing and regular surfing. Want to try your hand, learn to ride on the board on the waves? List of spots and rental points here: Where to get on the surf in Sochi: addresses, passwords, turnout

Boat trips to Sochi

Boat trip along the coast - a very nice way to get to know the resort and just a great option for a romantic gift! Swim in the open sea, look at the dolphins, make gorgeous photos at sunset - all this you can catch in 1,5-2 hours walk. There are also options fishing trips. See the prices for such walks here: Boat trips from the Imereti Bay

Shopping in Sochi

If you are planning to go shopping in Sochi, explore the most popular locations for shopping with this article: Shopping in Sochi: the top 8 places where it's nice to spend money

What can be brought from Sochi as souvenirs:

  • funny consumer goods: magnets (from 30 rubles), flat pebbles with drawings (sea, lighthouse, boats, fish - from 50 rubles), mugs (100-200 rubles), and bright T-shirts (from 500 rubles to 1000 rubles) and caps (500-700 rubles). For such purchases do not need to look for special places, this good is enough everywhere: on the embankments, in parks, in the markets ..
  • Gifts more interesting - shaggy hats, carved wooden crafts, jewelry - is also not difficult to find. A very good choice of this good in the kiosks on Mount Akhun.
  • but it’s best to bring gifts for friends and family to Sochi delicacies - wines, cheeses, Krasnopolyansky mountain honey, Krasnodar tea, various tasty jams(fig, feijoa, walnut), sweets (marshmallow, churchkhela, dried fruits) and spice.

Holidays in Krasnaya Polyana

Well, of course, I can not share with you my love for Krasnaya Polyana. This is a magical place where I made good friends, and where my wishes come true as if by magic.

You should definitely come here in the winter, and in the summer, and in the spring and in the autumn! You can be sure that you will have something to do in the mountains at any time of the year. Just read these articles, and you will understand everything yourself!

Skiers and mountain-boys

Before you go to conquer the slopes, decide where you will live. You can save a lot in this matter, if you understand how everything works. Follow the tips in this article: Where better to book hotels in Krasnaya Polyana

What resort of Krasnaya Polyana to choose for skiing?

Those who are not yet friends with skis or snowboard, but really want to make friends, I advise you to start with gentle and wide tracks resort Gazprom. Who feels more or less confident on the mountain - choose Rosu Khutor or Gorky City. I have a comparative analysis of these two resorts in this article:

These articles will help you to orient yourself in highways, lifts and the general infrastructure of the resorts:

Even if you get tired of riding from the mountain, you can always go somewhere on Krasnaya Polyana: for example, swimming in the pool: Where to go to the pool in Krasnaya Polyana

or stroll, admire nature.

Abkhazia (leaving Sochi or Krasnaya Polyana)

I know many of you are planning from Sochi make a sortie to Abkhazia. Yes it is real. And a lot can be done even in 1 day.

True, for this you need to prepare very well. This will help you the following my articles:

Again, you can take ready tour in Abkhazia. Or go with an experienced guide who does not just tell all the historical facts and legends, but also tells you where you can eat, where to buy souvenirs, wine / chacha, cheeses, where to swim, and what better to refrain from traveling.

The most popular routes in Abkhazia can be found here.: Abkhazia: 1 day in the Country of Soul

If you, after reading all this, still have any doubts or questions about the rest in Sochi, ask them in comments under any of these articles - I will be glad to answer them! In social networks and by mail I do not answer questions.

And of course, come to rest in these amazingly beautiful places!

Well, I will continue to delight you with new articles about Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana. And it will be easy for you to track the release of new articles by subscribing to my newsletter:

Enjoy your reading and see you on the blog!

How to get to Sochi?

The best option is to take a tour. My personal example is a tour from Moscow 7 days for two in Adler for 10 thousand rubles. Agree, sometimes one plane is more expensive.
For this tour does not necessarily go to the agency. Now it is very convenient to purchase a similar package through aggregators, such as “Level Travel”, “Travelet” or “Online Tours”.
If you decide to travel to Sochi on your own, I advise you to see the tickets to Krasnodar, since from there you can quickly get to the “Lastochka”.

What to watch in Sochi, except Sochi?

Sochi is a big city agglomeration. If it is simpler, then Sochi is Bolshoi Sochi, Adler, Khosta, Matsesta and the “ski” villages: Krasnaya Polyana, Esto, Sadok, etc. Therefore, ideally, when visiting Sochi, you should visit all these places.

But tours, as a rule, are precisely in Adler. From the point of view of location, it is quite reasonable, since Adler is located between Sochi and Rosa Khutor, and there is an airport.

Adler

What to inspect the neighborhood. Carsharing to help you

Independent travelers recommend renting a car so that you can easily travel around the local neighborhood.

I advise you to pay attention to karsheringi. In Sochi, the tariff is about 6-8 p. / Min. Roughly speaking, I used the machine, which I previously found in a special application, put it. The car can then be opened by another person.

In Sochi karshering about 200 cars. But most often you can meet the Uzbek Ravon R2 (clone Chevrolet Spark) and Volkswagen Polo. Let Ravon not frighten you: unsightly outside, he turned out to be very nimble in the rocky terrain.

A full day of carshating skating came to me about 1600-1700 rubles. Вполне адекватно и, главное, с минимумом бюрократии и других заморочек: регистрация через приложение, проверка анкеты в течение часа и в путь (не забудьте только заранее скачать приложение и заполнить анкету).

Каршеринг в Сочи

Обязательная программа, если вы в Сочи на неделю.

On the very first day we went to the local market in Adler - the Orange Shopping Center. But he just looks like a shopping center. Inside is a real Caucasian bazaar.
Be sure to try the freshly baked pita bread, which you get from the tandoor. I recommend him to buy a assortment of local smoked cheeses (it seems that they have never eaten more delicious cheese), and for dessert, please yourself.

For the money, everything comes out fairly budget: cheese costs about 400 per kilogram, churchkhela is about 100, pita 50.

Tandyr Flapjacks

Above the mountains only Rosa Khutor. Go to conquer the local peaks

If you are traveling together, then you can get to Rosa Khutor by “Swallow” or turn to car sharing. For the money will be about the same: 500 rubles one way for two. There we chose the "Swallow", back - carsharing. There are almost always cars there, there should be no problems: he took it and drove it.

First of all, having arrived at Rosa Khutor, buy a pleasure ski pass (special pass card) and go on to conquer the mountains. Although the pleasure is not cheap (1350 rubles per person), but it is worth it, as the views from the Caucasus Mountains are incredible.

On the way back I recommend to go to the river Chvizhepse. In this area there is a Narzan source, a colorful dilapidated bridge and other interesting natural locations.

Rosa Khutor

To eat filed: dinner at a trout farm

After a walk in the vicinity of Chvizhepse, we stop at the restaurant "Salmo". There is a trout farm at the restaurant. Needless to say, the freshness of the fish here speaks for itself: the fish are caught in front of you, and then they are prepared for you.

Deliciously tasty baked trout in a dozen different variations. A check for dinner is about a thousand kopecks per person. But the taste of trout fully justifies the cost.

River trout

One day in the mountains is negligible! Head to Eagle Rocks

Eagle Rocks is another atmospheric place in the vicinity of Sochi. In order to get to the rocks, you first need to head for Matsesta. And from her start climbing in the mountains. We drove to the Polo. Hardly, but stopped. I note that traveled in late February and early March. Then we were not very lucky with the weather, so the way to the mountains on an ordinary sedan was not easy.

At the entrance you need to give a registration fee in the amount of 100 rubles, and only then go further to conquer these scenic cliffs. But the views on the way to the rocks are no less beautiful. Our path lay along a deep cliff, and somewhere below was heard the roar of a waterfall. For the sake of such sensations, you can take a half-hour walk up the hill.

Moreover, then we were waiting for a reward in the form of a small outdoor cafe, where local guys brew amazing herbal tea. I highly recommend it to be purchased as a souvenir: after the trip you will brew such tea in the city and you will remember the fascinating views of the Caucasus.

Eagle Rocks

Boxwood Grove in Matsesta

The place is very atmospheric. At first glance, it resembles a wild jungle. Entry costs 300 rubles, if not mistaken. Inside the traveler, many rare plants and trees are waiting, which also bloom in spring and summer.

Matsesta

From the mountains to Adler. Legendary Olympic Park

I can’t say that the spirit of the 2014 Olympics still hovers in the Olympic Park. But it is worth a visit, although walking there is quite tiring.
Therefore, I recommend renting a bike (500 rubles) and driving around all the most interesting objects: stadiums, shops, a fountain, etc.
And the best of all is to visit the Olympic Park in the evening to get to the singing fountains!

It also has a large amusement park and the Tesla Museum, where you can see and take part in interesting experiments with electricity (show with electricity - 350 rubles).

Olympic Park

Sochi: nostalgia for Soviet times with the rhythm of the noisy metropolis

From Adler to Sochi it will be more correct to go to the “Swallow”: quickly and conveniently. It takes about 40 minutes to go - 1 hour along the Black Sea coast and old sanatoriums from the Soviet era. Together, both of these species create that unique and well-known atmosphere for almost everyone on the Black Sea coast.
However, now Big Sochi is more reminiscent of Moscow - many people, cars, shopping centers and skyscrapers, in which they have either equipped hotels or rented offices.

From the interesting places in Sochi I will highlight the arboretum. But it is better to visit it in spring and summer, when most plants and shrubs begin to bloom.
Even in Sochi there is one amusing location on Krymskaya Street, where street art lovers can appreciate the long wall with graffiti. The place is absolutely non-touristic, there are a lot of abandoned buildings and private houses around it, but you should definitely come here once.

Sochi. Panoramic view of the city

The end: seafront and ships

I will complete my review with a walk along the embankment to the seaport, where you can clearly see the ships. After the embankment, do not be lazy and be sure to walk to the very end of the concrete breakwater on the embankment, so that you can safely enjoy the sound of the sea surf away from the city bustle.

Sochi view from the embankment

SOCHI IS AN AMAZING CITY FOR AN INTERESTING TRIP

Sochi is a beautiful resort city of the Russian Federation. And to rest in it was a pleasant, memorable and safe, it is worth finding out some of the nuances.

Such an amazing city of Sochi

Sochi is the largest resort city in Russia, located in the Krasnodar Territory on the northeast coast of the Black Sea and considered the resort or summer capital of the state. In addition, it is a major sports, cultural and economic center and a very important transportation hub. In 2014, the Olympic Games were held here, and in Forbes magazine, Sochi was recognized as the best city in the country to do business.

By the way, Sochi is the longest city in Russia, since the length of the coastline is as much as 145 kilometers. Population: about 400 thousand people. The area is equal to 3502 km2, and over 80% are protected natural objects. Human settlements also occupied only 8.1% of the entire territory.

The resort city of Sochi consists of four large districts, each of which includes several rural districts:

  • Central or directly Sochi is the very heart of the city, this is where all the most interesting is concentrated. This area is ideal for active family or youth recreation.
  • Adler district or Adler is a great place for visitors. Here you can find numerous hotels, guest houses, numerous clean beaches, as well as cafes and shopping centers, in general, everything you need for a good rest and comfort for tourists.
  • Khosta is a fairly quiet area, surrounded on all sides by mountains. And that is why it is a little warmer here and there is almost no wind, and the humidity is slightly lower than in other places. There are also beaches and numerous green and even protected areas.
  • Lazarevsky district (Lazarevskoe) is considered the longest. It is dominated by the private sector, but over the past few years there have been built a lot of modern private hotels. The only negative is the distance from the center. In addition, to get from Lazarevsky in Sochi, you need to overcome the 70-kilometer serpentine.

The nature of Sochi is unique, it just can not help but admire. Perhaps, in this city there is everything: mountains, hills, ravines, turbulent rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes. Impressive, right? The flora of Sochi deserves attention, because here you can find a variety of plants, including palm trees, osmanthus, candy trees, kiwi, figs, ginkgo, cedars, strawberry trees, maples, figs, and so on. By the way, there are many parks and nature reserves in the city.

The climate of Sochi is subtropical humid, so the humidity here is quite high. But the weather is directly influenced by such factors as the circumference of mountain ranges and the proximity of the sea. The mountains protect the resort from strong winds, and the sea warms in winter and gives coolness in the hot summer.

Summer is long here, it begins almost in the middle and end of April and ends only in October. Autumn covers November and December. From February to mid-March, a rather mild winter lasts. The short spring begins in March and ends in April.

The average temperature is about 15-18 degrees. In summer, it is about 25-30 degrees, and in winter the temperature is usually around 3-6 degrees, but it can fall even below 0. The greatest amount of precipitation falls in winter, but more often it rains in Sochi, but snowfall is rare. But in the mountains the snow can lie from December to April.

When is the best time to relax in Sochi?

The swimming season lasts almost five months: from April to November. During this period, the water temperature is about 22-26 degrees. July and August are considered the hottest months. Many come to Sochi in September, from this month begins the so-called velvet season, which lasts almost two months.

Getting to Sochi is faster and more convenient on an airplane. The international airport is located in the Adler district. But you can choose and train.

Communication between certain areas is carried out by fixed-route taxis, buses and minibuses, as well as electric trains (including the modern high-speed “Swallow”).

Since Sochi is a resort city, tourists are offered many options for staying in it. Especially numerous hotels (including comfortable, five-star and working on the system "all inclusive") and motels. If you are planning a budget vacation, then pay attention to the guest houses and pensions. Also here there are holiday homes, tourist bases and recreation centers. But it is possible to rent an apartment or a private house, there are also a lot of such offers.

What's so interesting?

What to see on vacation in Sochi?

  1. Arboretum is located almost in the heart of the resort town. It presents a mass of flora samples, including unique ones.
  2. Park "Riviera". It was founded in 1989, but to this day it makes happy both Sochi residents and visitors. It's very beautiful here!
  3. Listing the sights of Sochi, attention should be paid to the Olympic venues, among which the Adler-Arena occupies a special place.
  4. Winter Sports Palace "Iceberg".
  5. House-Museum "Stalin's Dacha" - is one of the country residences of Joseph Vissarionovich.
  6. Winter Theater Sochi.
  7. Ice Palace "Big". In it, during the 2014 Olympic Games, hockey competitions were held.
  8. Sochi History Museum. This is the oldest cultural institution of the city, which was opened in 1920 and still works today.
  9. Sochi Park. Here lovers of all kinds of rides will definitely like it.
  10. Olympic Park. If you want to see with your own eyes all the Olympic facilities, then by all means go here.
  11. Sochi Oceanarium is considered the largest in Russia, so any tourist should go here.
  12. Garden Museum "Tree of Friendship." The history of this beautiful and unique place began with a single tree, planted in 1934 by Soviet scientists Zorin.
  13. "Tea Houses" in Uch-Dere. Here you can get acquainted with the age-old Russian traditions and try several varieties of the invigorating drink.
  14. "Thirty-three waterfalls." This is a stunner that makes one think about the eternal. This unique place is located in the Lazarevsky district.

What to buy?

What can an ordinary tourist bring from Sochi?

  • Olympic souvenirs, for example, symbols of the Olympics, accessories or clothing with the logo of the games.
  • Wine. Since there are a lot of vineyards in Sochi, Sochi residents make homemade wine. Be sure to bring your family a few bottles of this noble and healthy drink.
  • Churchkhela. Although this delicacy is considered a national Georgian, it is also common in Sochi, because Georgia is very close to this city. This dish is a nut strung on strings and covered with a mixture of grape or other juice and flour.
  • Traditional sea souvenirs, for example, shells and products from them. They can be found in almost any market.
  • Pastila is another delicacy prepared by many Sochi residents.
  • Honey. There are a lot of apiaries in the city, so be sure to buy here natural, incredibly useful honey.
  • There are tea plantations in Sochi, so in any market you can buy aromatic, invigorating and tasty tea.
  • Adjika. Here it is especially tasty and savory!
  • Spice. From them you will be able to cook a lot of sauces.

What is there to do?

In Sochi, everyone will find activities to their liking, because here you can both relax on the beach and enjoy the gentle rays of the sun, and do extreme sports, such as diving, surfing, diving and so on. In addition, there are almost all water attractions. Romantics can just walk around the city.

In Sochi, you can taste the dishes of Russian and Abkhazian cuisines, as well as many others. Especially popular are various delicacies made from meat and fish. In addition, sauces and condiments are appreciated. Favorite drink is wine.

Let the rest in the amazing city of Sochi be remembered for all your life!

Interesting facts about Sochi.

  1. Sochi is the largest of all Russian resorts (see interesting facts about Russian cities).
  2. About half a trillion rubles was spent on preparing the city for the Winter Olympics.
  3. Archaeologists have established that primitive people lived about three hundred thousand years ago on the territory where Sochi is now located.
  4. Sochi stretched along the Black Sea coast for a distance of 148 kilometers, which makes it the longest European city, and also the second longest after Mexico City, the capital of Mexico (see interesting facts about the Black Sea).
  5. The width of Sochi is about forty kilometers. It is this distance separates the mountains and sea water.
  6. Among all cities in the world with a subtropical climate, Sochi is the northernmost.
  7. At the same time, Sochi is the southernmost of all Russian cities.
  8. Bananas grow in Sochi. True, because of the cold winters for them, they do not ripen (see interesting facts about bananas).
  9. Sochi is the northernmost city where tea is grown.
  10. The summer residence of the Russian president is located in Sochi.

  • Initially, on the site of Sochi was the fort of Alexandria, which later grew to the whole city and received the modern name.
  • For a couple of hundred years ago, Sochi was a place of exile. The climate here was terrible - the swamps infested with malaria mosquitoes. Since then, much has changed.
  • The first resort in Sochi, the "Caucasian Riviera", opened back in 1909.
  • Each year, Sochi is visited by more than two and a half million people, mostly Russian citizens.
  • Four fifths (81%) of the entire territory of the Crcha are protected reserves.
  • The temperature in Sochi rarely drops below zero. In such cases, there is snow (see interesting facts about snow). The lowest temperature ever recorded here is minus 13 degrees Celsius.
  • Sunny days in Sochi about three hundred a year.
  • Sochi is the city with the longest beach strip in the world. As many as 118 kilometers!
  • More than three thousand different plant species grow on the territory of Sochi.
  • Nine-tenths of Sochi is occupied by mountains and foothills (see interesting facts about the mountains). Some peaks rise to a height of more than three kilometers.
  • The mountain to which, according to an ancient legend, the ancient hero Prometheus was chained, is precisely in Sochi.
  • In Sochi there is a ski resort - Krasnaya Polyana. Snow here lies on the mountainside for about six months a year.
  • On the pebble beaches of Sochi, it is easy to burn your legs - pebbles in the sun heats up to 55-60 degrees.
  • Sochi is in the top 50 Russian cities in terms of population.
  • Sochi has more cars per capita than in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
  • Author's excursions

    For those who want to save time on preparing for the trip and immerse themselves more fully into the atmosphere of the place, I would recommend using author's excursions. In my opinion, individual excursions are much more interesting than organized excursions with their large number of people and a hackneyed program. Especially with a private guide, you can always agree on a convenient time and day for you.

    Look below for selected author's excursions, maybe something will suit you - Sochi, Abkhazia, Krasnaya Polyana, and so on.

    What to see in the city of Sochi

    In addition to attractions, I also walked around restaurants and cafes, and then wrote a post - Where to Eat in Sochi. There, of course, did not fit everything, but I mentioned the most important places. You can add your feedback about the visit, because they will be useful to everyone who will go to Sochi. Also, if you have a little TOP 15, then look at my TOP 35, there is more choice.

    Here, just in case, there is a selection of low-cost hotels with good ratings and reviews. You will not come for a day, but for a couple of weeks, and you will need to stop somewhere.

    Stalin's dacha

    Atmospheric and slightly unusual museum. Inside the building you can go with a group, listen to the tour. The story is very interesting, it helps in a special way to look at this place. The historical exhibits in the building are few, but the building itself and the surrounding landscapes are impressive. Stalin's cottage is located in the territory of the Green Grove sanatorium. From the park there is a wonderful view of the surroundings. Read more about Stalin's dacha - Read more about Stalin's Dacha

    Ticket price: 300 rubles.

    Dacha Stalin in Sochi

    Sochi Arboretum

    Arboretum Sochi - one of the main attractions of the city. The beginning of the park was laid in 1889, when the publisher of Peterburgskaya Gazeta, S. N. Khudekov bought a piece of land in Sochi, on the slope of Lysaya Gora. Позднее там же была построена его вилла «Надежда», названная в честь жены и заложен парк с экзотическими растениями.

    В 1922 парк национализировали. Сейчас территория современного Сочинского Дендрария разделена надвое Курортным проспектом, под которым по переходу можно пройти из одной части в другую. Там же, у входа в Дендрарий с проспекта, начинается канатная дорога на самую высокую точку парка.

    Walking through the Arboretum, you can see a Japanese garden, ponds with ducks and geese, enclosures with ostriches and peacocks, gazebos, pavilions, statues and solemnly decorated stairs. Many species of subtropical plants, pines, eucalyptus, cypresses are planted here.

    The arboretum is kept in excellent condition, the central part looks like a regular palace park with neatly trimmed plants and wide well-maintained staircases. Read more about Sochi Arboretum.

    Ticket price: entrance to the park - 250 rubles, cable car - 200 rubles, entrance and cable car - 450 rubles. Children from 7 to 14 years 120 100 220, respectively.

    Arboretum and cable car

    Adler Aquarium

    The largest aquarium of Russia, Sochi Discovery World, is located in the resort town (Adler). The aquarium was opened at the end of 2009. It has 29 halls, a transparent under-water tunnel through which you can walk, a sea pool where you can do scuba diving, a professional photo studio.

    Shows are held daily at the oceanarium (above the transparent tunnel so that visitors can see better): feeding sharks and the Underwater Fairy Tale - with the participation of mermaids who swim above the tunnel and pose for visitors for a photo. Aquariums are divided into several thematic areas. For example, rainforest, ocean inhabitants, etc.

    In the oceanarium you can see not only different species of fish, but also turtles, sharks, moray eels. There are small open ponds where you can feed carp-koi, food is sold in vending machines nearby. More information about the oceanarium - Oceanarium in Adler - surprisingly, delight and shock.

    Ticket price: 800 rubles, children from 4 to 11 years old - 500 rubles, photo and video - 100 rubles.

    Adler Aquarium

    Olympic Park

    The Olympic Park is a new landmark in Sochi and one of the main sites of the 2014 Winter Olympics. It is located on the seashore, in the area of ​​Nizhneimeretinsky bay. There are sports arenas in the park, where speed skating, figure skating, curling, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games were held.

    Now the Olympic Park is a huge territory with cycle paths, where you can ride a bike or a rented golf car. There is a big singing fountain (the light and music show starts at 19:30 and lasts about an hour), a beautiful promenade with a beach, the territory of Sochi-park with attractions and, of course, Olympic objects: the Winter Palace Iceberg, the Olympic stadium Fisht, hotels, and Formula 1 track.

    Now the park is preparing for the football championship, the stadiums are being reequipped. But some objects work, you can go inside. Read more about the Olympic Park.

    Ticket price: Adult - 700 rubles, children - 350. Children under 5 years old - for free.

    Singing Fountain in the Olympic Park

    The amusement park, in the spirit of Disneyland or the Spanish park Aventura, is located next to the Olympic Park. On the territory of Sochi Park there are fourteen major rides, including rather extreme slides such as the Quantum Leap and more children's carousels, playgrounds and small swings. There is entertainment for both adults and children.

    The park tried to create a fabulous setting: the rides are called Serpent Gorynych, Firebird, a magic tree, picturesque ponds, sculptures and life-size puppets of fairy-tale characters. Above the park stands the hotel complex Bogatyr. In addition to all sorts of entertainment in the park there is a dolphinarium, experimentation, thematic shows are held, for example, “Alice in Wonderland”.

    In the evenings, the park is beautifully illuminated, there are cafes and restaurants. Read more about Sochi Park.

    Ticket price: 1650 rubles.

    Amusement Park Sochi Park

    Park Southern Cultures

    Dendrological Park Southern Culture is located near the Olympic Park in Adler, on the left bank of the river Mzymta. Now the park is being restored, because recently been a bit abandoned. The park has a wonderful air, atmosphere, few people, unity with nature. Ponds with swans and ducks. The park was founded at the beginning of the last century, about a hundred years ago.

    It was a large landscape park on a raised part of the territory, separated by a pond system from a regular French park. Now in the park you can see bamboo, eucalyptus trees, rare species of pine, ducks and swans in ponds. Quiet, secluded and quiet place where in summer you can walk in the shade, hiding from the hot sun. Read more about Southern Cultures.

    Ticket price: 120 rubles, children 60 rubles (7-14 years). After 18 hours free.

    Park Southern Cultures

    Abandoned Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium

    One of the unofficial sights of the city, where tourists do not bring buses and do not offer to buy a private tour. In fact, this is not a zabroshka in the full sense of the word, but a sanatorium that is closed for an indefinite period, guarded and with a fence.

    I have a separate post with the history of this amazingly beautiful place, which used to be a people's health resort, where ordinary workers improved their health, and now it is empty and collapses due to the inconsistency between the seismic resistance standards and neighboring illiterate construction projects. Read more about the sanatorium.

    Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi

    Navaginskaya street

    Excellent pedestrian walk from the railway station to the Marine Station, well, or just a walk in the city center along the avenue densely overgrown with tropical plants. A place of amazing beauty and photogenicity, with rows of restaurants, shops, benches and various sculptures.

    A very popular place that looks equally good both day and night with backlighting. The only drawback is the problem with parking in the center, but still you can find paid parkings nearby. Read more about Navaginskaya Street - Learn more about Navaginskaya Street.

    Navaginskaya street in Sochi

    Historic Boulevard

    It does not look like a boulevard in its classical sense, but this pedestrian zone deserves a separate visit, which may turn into a dependency. The path starts at the Seaport and passes along the upper edge of the coast of Big Sochi.

    There is no such crowding here, as on the central embankment below, from here gorgeous views of the bay and the port, there are lots of benches and beautiful lonely places. The boulevard covers about 30 historical and culturally significant places and buildings, and ends near the Winter Theater. More details and pictures about the boulevard - Learn more about the boulevard.

    Ticket price: is free. The territory has no fences.

    Historical Boulevard in Sochi

    Zmeikovskie waterfalls

    Close to the city of Sochi, literally half an hour by car, there is a cascade of four waterfalls on the Snake River. The most beautiful are the upper and lower waterfalls. To see the whole cascade, you need to start on a pedestrian path that starts near the cafe "Snake", and the entrance is paid.

    The whole journey takes about 2-2.5 hours. The upper waterfall is suitable for swimming, so take a swimsuit with you in the hot season. More details and pictures about Zmeykovsky waterfalls, see here - More about Zmeykovsky waterfalls.

    Ticket price: 100 rubles per person.

    Zmeykovsky waterfall in Sochi

    Agur waterfalls and Mount Akhun

    Mount Akhun is low, but a tower of the same name is built on it. For a moderate fee, you can climb to the very top of this tower, where the observation deck is located, and where you can enjoy views of Sochi and Adler. Pretty pretty. In my opinion, this is the easiest viewing platform in terms of accessibility in Sochi. On the way up you will come across Agursky waterfalls.

    In the summer season, especially on weekends, there are a lot of people on this route, they are inviting me to taste kebabs everywhere, it’s noisy around and one can easily stand in line just to take a photo with a waterfall. The waterfalls look best in the off-season, in spring or late autumn, when they are the most full-flowing and there are no large crowds of tourists. But in the summer in the heat in the lakes under the waterfalls you can swim, refreshing.

    Ticket price:for the entrance to the Sochi National Park - 100 rubles. Entrance to the tower - 100 rubles.

    View from Ahun Tower

    Tysosamshitovaya grove and canyon Devil's Gate on the river Khosta

    The yew-box grove is an eco-path about 5 kilometers long (the so-called big circle, and there is also a small one). The pedestrian route passes through extraordinarily beautiful places with relict species of trees and plants, which have been preserved here since preglacial times. Canyon "Devil's Gate" on the Khosta River - a natural pool with stone grottoes, hanging from above with vines and boxwood trees.

    In order to walk along the trail and canyon, you need to prepare a little: the water supply, food, comfortable sports shoes. If you arrive early, before the crowds of tourists and go in a large circle, you can get almost into a fairy tale: moss-covered trees, ruins of a fortress, a cave, rocks, lizards and the murmur of water in the river. A small circle is asphalt tracks and benches, it can be completed in just an hour.

    On the territory of the canyon there are equipped places for rest, a bath on the river bank, tables and barbecues. Read more about Tiso-Boxwood grove.

    Ticket price: 300 rubles. Children under 7 years old are free, from 7 to 12 years old - 150 rubles.

    Skypark is one of the most exciting places in Sochi district and a tourist attraction that adrenaline lovers will enjoy. It is located on the way from Adler to Krasnaya Polyana, in the valley of the Mzymta river. The park includes a high-rise suspension bridge over the Mzymta River, which is more than 400 meters long. It is the longest suspension bridge in the world.

    Also in the park there are bungee jackets, one of them with a height of over 200 meters is the highest in Europe. The highest swings have a span of 170 meters, and the fastest trolls reach speeds of up to 150 km / h. The complex also includes the Mowgli rope park, the Via Ferrata climbing route. In general, Skypark is all good, but the prices are a bit transcendental, almost like landscapes.

    Ticket price: adult from 1250 rubles, children (up to 12 years, upon presentation of the document) - 600 rubles. Includes only viewing platforms and the bridge, all other attractions are paid separately.

    Skypark and skybridge

    Orekhovsky waterfall

    Orekhovsky Falls is located in the village of Plastunka, about 14 kilometers from the center of Sochi. This two-stage waterfall is 27 meters high, one of the most impressive in the vicinity of Sochi. You can get to the waterfall along the river Sochi.

    From the terminus of the bus the road takes only half an hour. The path is simple, it passes through a very beautiful forest with oaks and chestnuts. On the way there are two sources where you can get mineral water. The descent to the waterfall is equipped with a staircase with railings, there is a cafe nearby. More about the waterfall - More about the Orekhovsky waterfall.

    Ticket price: is free.

    Orekhovsky waterfall in Sochi

    Ahshtyr Cave

    The cave is located in Dzykhrinsky gorge, above the right bank of the Mzymta river, near the village of Kazachiy Brod. This is a rather large cavity in the mountain, extending 150 meters into the depths, forming a corridor and large halls up to ten meters high. The cave is interesting because people have lived in it since ancient times. The thickness of the cultural layer in the cave reaches five meters.

    Bones of cave bears and primitive tools were found here. Now it is "a monument of primitive archeology and history." The entrance to the cave is located one hundred and twenty meters above the Mzymta River, you can climb it by the equipped path. At the entrance there are stairs with railings, lighting is inside the cave. From the entrance to the outside overlooking the picturesque canyon White Rocks. More about the cave - More about the Akhshtyr cave.

    Ticket price: adult - 200 rubles, children - 100.

    2. Sochi Arboretum

    Park territory, where hundreds of species of tropical plants are collected and rare birds live. Here you can admire the Mexican agave, Australian eucalyptus or Algerian cork oak. Arboretum has always been a popular place for walks, in the high season inside it is quite crowded with the influx of tourists. From the observation deck of the park offers a beautiful view of the mountains and the coast.

    3. Park Riviera

    Resort Park, founded at the end of the XIX century V.A. Khludov. The special pride of the Riviera are pink avenues. Whole “plantations” of different sorts of roses are planted on the territory. Each time, landscape designers come up with new forms and floral arrangements to delight visitors of the park. At all times, the Riviera was a place of romantic dates and vacation flirting.

    4. Mount Akhun

    Big Akhun is a small peak (just over 660 meters in height) 3 km. from the Black Sea coast. A well-equipped hiking trail leads to it. On the surface of the mountain is an observation deck - a tower built in the "Romanesque" manner. If you give a more precise definition, then Akhun is a whole mountain range, on clones of which groves of relict trees grow, and the depths are dotted with a system of caves.

    5. Observation tower on Mount Akhun

    Locals believe that the tower on top of Mount Akhun is the most romantic and beautiful place in the city. It was built in the first half of the 20th century. The height of the structure is 30 meters. Tourists rush here for great panoramic views, which are great for landscape photos. The city, the mountain ranges and the valley lie as if under the feet of the one who rises to the tower.

    6. Marine Station

    The construction of the middle of the XX century. It is included in the list of monuments of federal significance. The central tower of the station is decorated with a 71-meter spire, along the edges are sculptures symbolizing the four seasons. The maritime station is surrounded by a landscape square, where a fountain with a figure personifying the goddess of navigation is installed. In the marina station moored numerous pleasure craft.

    7. Sochi Railway Station

    The facility is located in the central part of Sochi, near the city’s beaches and main hotels. The modern station building is a building of the mid-20th century, although the railway station has existed at this place since 1918. The station tower is decorated with an original clock with a zodiac dial. Sochi railway station is considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in Russia.

    8. Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel

    One of the oldest Orthodox churches of the Black Sea coast, the main cathedral of Sochi. It was erected in the second half of the XIX century after the end of the Caucasian war. The cathedral was named in honor of Tsarevich Michael - the son of Nicholas I and the governor of the emperor in the Caucasus. Construction was delayed due to the outbreak of the Russian-Turkish war. As a result, the temple was consecrated only in 1891.

    9. Winter Theater

    A cultural monument and the main theater scene of the Big Sochi. The building was built in 1937 according to the project of K. Chernopyatov. The architecture of the theater is dominated by a strict classical style without unnecessary pretentiousness and pomp. The opening of the stage took place in 1938. The opera of Rimsky-Korsakov, The Tsar's Bride, was chosen as the premiere performance, where the actors of the Moscow troupe of the Theater named after Gorky were played. K. Stanislavsky and V. Nemirovich-Danchenko.

    10. Sochi Art Museum

    The gallery is located in the building of the 30s. XX century, which in itself has considerable cultural and historical value. The first exhibition hall opened here in 1972. The permanent exhibition of the museum includes almost 5,000 works of art from different eras. Among the most valuable exhibits are paintings by Aivazovsky, Shishkin, Petrov-Vodkin. Also, the Sochi Art Museum annually hosts temporary exhibitions from St. Petersburg and Moscow.

    11. Literary and memorial museum of N. A. Ostrovsky

    The house where the great writer N. Ostrovsky lived (the mansion was granted to him by the Soviet government). Just a few months after the master's death, a museum was opened on the site. Anyone could have a closer look at the writer's family, see photos, study the manuscripts. After a couple of decades, another building appeared, which housed the Literary Museum.

    13. Sochi Aquarium

    The largest aquarium of the coast. It includes 30 aquariums with marine and freshwater inhabitants. The aquarium is located in the Riviera Park. It has 200 species of fish (more than 4000 individuals). Various shows with the participation of sharks and other large inhabitants of aquariums are held in the aquarium. Diving training services with subsequent certification are also offered.

    14. Singing fountains of Sochi

    The complex of music and light fountains on the territory of the Sochi Olympic Park. The grand evening shows, which are held in the evenings, attract many visitors to the city. Water jets dance to the chords of classical and modern music. The complex consists of several dozen powerful water cannons, as well as hundreds of light sources. All elements are controlled by a single computer.

    15. Matsesta

    Composition, created in 1967 and personifying the life-giving properties of nature. The sculpture is made in the form of a girl hugging a mountain. Numerous healing hydrosulphuric springs are beating around her. Matsesta is also the name of a well-known balneological resort in Sochi, where, with the help of water and curative mud, they work to cure gynecological ailments and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

    16. Dolmens

    Monuments of ancient civilizations scattered around the Greater Sochi. By approximate calculations, they were created in the III-II millennia BC. Считается, что каменные сооружения использовались для ритуальных и погребальных целей. Всего в окрестностях Большого Сочи находится около 200 дольменов. Среди них — Волконский дольмен, Кудепстинский жертвенный камень, дольмены в урочище «Три Дуба».

    17. Навалищенское ущелье

    Ущелье находится на склонах горы Ахун, по его дну протекает речка Хоста. Это место является популярной природной достопримечательностью. Склоны ущелья покрыты реликтовой растительностью – тисовыми и самшитовыми деревьями. In the gorge there is a small mountain lake, a cave, rocks of bizarre forms. A long excursion route with convenient points of inspection is laid along the gorge.

    18. Vorontsov caves

    Karst formations in the mountains of the Vorontsov ridge. The caves were thoroughly explored in the middle of the XX century. As a result of the excavations, it turned out that primitive people lived here about 20 thousand years ago. Archaeologists have discovered tools for hunting, labor, shards, arrowheads. By the year 2000, a fairly safe excursion route was equipped in the caves, and the opportunity to visit them appeared.

    19. Tea houses in Uch-Dere

    In the area of ​​Sochi, there are tea plantations, which are considered the northernmost in the world. The well-known Krasnodar tea is grown here. In the tea houses on the plantations, you can try different types of drink and participate in the tea-making ceremony, which involves national musical instruments and a samovar. As an appetizer served local honey, jam, pancakes.

    20. Trout farm in Adler

    The farm has been operating since 1964 and is considered the largest in Russia. Several species of trout are bred here, as well as salmon and sterlet. Fish can be purchased both raw and smoked (cold and hot smoked). The territory is usually held as part of an organized excursion. The Adler trout farm also sells roe for breeding to other fisheries.

    21. Agur waterfalls

    Waterfalls arising along the Khost River. These are small cascades and rapids, which almost completely dry out during a period of extreme heat. Waterfalls are located at different heights, the maximum distance from which water streams flow is about 18 meters. The Upper Falls is considered the most full-flowing and powerful. It is surrounded by dense greenery, to the left of it is the entrance to the cave.

    22. 33 waterfalls

    Natural landmark, which is located in the valley of the Shah River in the gorge Jegosh. The area is part of the Sochi National Park. The natural complex “33 waterfalls” unites several river rapids and small waterfalls (the height of the fall of the streams is from 1.5 to 10.5 meters). Tourists can see only a part of them, as a convenient tourist route is not equipped everywhere.

    23. Yew-boxwood grove

    Part of the territory of the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve, where unique Colchian boxwood and berry yew grow. These species are already several million years old. Some trees reach the age of 1500-2000 years, the average age of the trunk is 700-800 years. The grove is listed on the planet’s natural heritage list. On its territory are the remains of a fortress dating from the XI-XII centuries.

    24. AJ Hackett Sochi Skypark

    Extreme Park, located on the way to the mountains to Krasnaya Polyana. Central to it is the main attraction - the jump from the longest suspension bridge in the world from a height of 207 meters (bungee jumping). This project was created in collaboration with a company from New Zealand. The enthusiastic jumper D. Fedin, who was attracted by such attractions in other countries, became the inspirer of the park.

    25. Resort Rosa Khutor in Krasnaya Polyana

    The ski resort is completely renovated and rebuilt for the 2014 Olympics. It positions itself as the best winter resort in Russia of international standard. To services of snowboarders and skiers - 77 km. well-equipped trails. Hotels, villas, restaurants, apartments and shops - everything looks as if the tourist is in the French Alps. The architects have thought through every detail, even built an improvised city hall.

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