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Home to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Sochi is nestled in the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains and stretches 90 miles (145km) along the coast of the Black Sea, the longest city in Europe. Referred to as the 'Russian Riviera', Sochi boasts an inviting subtropical climate, pebbled beaches, lush forests, botanical parks, waterfalls, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve, and a world-class skiing resort close by - not your typical Russian city.

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The city of Sochi Russia is located in the eastern coast of the Black Sea, right opposite other popular Black Sea tourist destinations such as Constanta Romania, Odessa Ukraine, Trabzon Turkey and Varna Bulgaria.


In fact, Sochi's location on the Black Sea coast makes it one of the top eastern European cities to visit, and one of the top ten vacation spots in Europe. Sochi Russia is also known as popular hang out for the rich and famous, and it’s in par with other glamorous cities such as Dubrovnik Croatia, Mykonos Greece, Sao Paulo Brazil, and Goa India.


Another incentive that draws a lot of travelers to the region, it’s that Sochi Russia boasts natural mineral springs, making Sochi resorts some of the best health-spa resorts in the world.


Best Time to Visit

If you’re wondering what the weather is like all year-round in Sochi Russia, Sochi's weather is similar to Mediterranean beach spots such as Nice France, as weather rarely gets too hot nor freezing cold.

The Sochi summer season actually runs from May to October and it is one of the most popular times to visit the city because of the warm summer temperatures (average 28 °C), and amount of flights available.


Flying to Sochi Russia

Sochi Russia is serviced by the Adler-Sochi Airport which is located 12 miles south of Sochi Russia.

At the moment cheap direct flights to Sochi Russia are hard to come by for visitors flying outside of Russia. Therefore, one of the most cost-effective ways to get to Sochi Russia, it’s to fly through Moscow and then get a connecting flight to Sochi Russia, which takes around 3 hours.


Adler-Sochi Airport Transportation

Once you land on Sochi Airport, there are airport taxis, buses and shuttle services from/ to Sochi City Centre.


Outdoor Activities: beach activities, tea plantations and mountain excursions

Whether you travel during the summer months or winter months, Sochi Russia offers a variety of things to do.

For instance, in the winter months, the nearby Caucasus Mountains offer a range of activities like cross country skiing and snowboarding.

During the warmer months, the golden shores of Sochi Russia are the perfect getaway for a beach vacation and enjoying activities like snorkeling and sailing.

However, apart from beach activities, some of the popular things to do in Sochi Russia

include outdoor activities like mountain biking, climbing and caving.

If fact, for climbing and biking opportunities, you can head to Mt. Elbrus which is not far from Sochi Russia.

You can also add a trekking tour to the Caucasus Mountains and explore the beautiful mountain meadows and majestic waterfalls.


Things to do & see:


Tea Plantation

Visiting a tea plantation is one of the top things to do in Sochi Russia and another must-add on your itinerary when visiting the region.

Dagomys Tea Plantation is only 6 miles from Sochi, and during the tour you get to learn how to make proper tea and sample fine Russian tea.


Sochi Botanical Gardens

If you love fauna and flora, or simply want to take a relaxing stroll, you should not miss out visiting the Sochi Botanical Gardens, located in Khostinsky City District.

The gardens are open all year-round, and it’s a great place to see wildlife like swans, ducks, peacocks, African ostriches, as well as many different species of oak, cypress and palm trees.


Adler Trout Farm

The Adler Trout Farm is the largest trout fishery in Europe, and it's home to the Caucasian trout, which is quite a delicacy in this region.

The trout farm is actually located in the Adlersky district, but you can book a tour from Sochi’s city center.

The tour typically includes a visit around the trout farm, followed by a lunch that includes tasty trout dishes.


City Center Walking Tour

Taking a walking tour is the best way to explore Central Sochi’s main cultural attractions and landmarks. A few highlights of the city center include:

- Michael Archangel Cathedral

- Archangel Column

- Sochi Art Museum

- Sochi’s Winter Theater

- Sochi’s Railway Station

- Sochi’s Sea Port

- Statue of Neptune


Trabzon Day Trip

If you've got time, you can also a day trip to the north coast of Turkey. For instance, you can get a ferry boat from Sochi to Trabzon Turkey, which costs around 100 Euros.

Ferry services normally leave Sochi in the morning and you'll be arriving in the evening. Also, the ferries are normally on a first come first served basis so be sure to book the ferry in advance.


Nightlife & Entertainment

Exploring the night scene is one of the top things to do in Sochi Russia, especially with such a vibrant and magnetic atmosphere.

Sochi is a popular clubbing destination drawing a younger crowd, so you’ll find many discos playing anything from techno-dance to rock ‘n’ roll and of course lots of amazing girls.

However, Sochi is also home to sophisticated bars and outdoor cafes where you can enjoy a more relaxed night out.


Events & Festivals

If you’re planning to visit the city during the summer months, one of the most popular things to do in Sochi Russia in June it’s to attend the popular Kinotavr international film festival, which is a great place to see some of Russia’s notables.


Meeting ladis in Sochi

On a beach "Beacon", near to seaport there is a small aquapark, where Russian women like to spend their spare time. The main water hill allows to slide from 11 meters height to a pool with sea water. At a breakage the length of a way will make 90 meters. Perhaps, the Sochi aquapark - the smallest copy from similar constructions in Europe, but also it makes on having a rest.

"Beacon" not a unique aquapark in Sochi. Recently in the tourist centre "Satellite" one more has opened. It is curious, that the aquapark in "Satellite" works the year round and beautiful Russian women not only come there to have a rest, but there are many Russian women that work there and they will help to make your time there most comfortable. Here seawater is very warm.