Sochi resort

Sochi is called the Capital of Russian Health Resorts. It’s situated in the south western part of Russia and it spreads along the 150 km strip between the Main Caucasus Mountain Range and the Black Sea coastline. The city is on the same latitude with Gobi desert, Toronto, And the French Riviera. Due to the proximity of the high Caucasian mountains and the warm Black Sea, the climate here is subtropical. These are the most northern subtropics in the world.

Sochi does not look like the typical Russian city withcement apartment buildings. It is a city-park, city-reserve. The city well integrated with the environment . More than 90 % of the area of Sochi is established on a mountain or hillside. The entire territory of Sochi is a part of the State Natural National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tops of the Main Caucasian ridge help to protect the city from intrusion of cold northern winds. The unique combination of mountains and Sea form a pleasant marine subtropical climate.

The difference of seasons in Sochi are less distinct than elsewhere in Russia. There are two basic periods distinguished : warm (May – Octber) and cool (November – April). The average temperature in Sochi is similar to San Francisco at +14 C (57 F). The daily average temperature in summer + 25 C (77 F), maximum to + 35 C (98 F). Average temperature of the coldest month of January is + 9C (48 F). Snowfall is an unusual occurrence in the city. When the snow does fall, it rarely stays more than two days. Sochi averages 300 sunny days a year.

Sochi can be classified as multifunctional resort. There are contemporary entertainment centers as well as unique spa, balneological, and weather related sport facilities.

Accommodations in Sochi varies from casual hotels and motels to boutique and five star hotels, including the world famous hotel chains.

2014 Winter Olympics

Sochi became world-known in 2007, when it won the bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The XXII Winter Olympics took place 7-23 Feb 2014 and were followed two weeks later by the Winter Paralympic Games, 7-18 Mar 2014. The Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in Sochi and the nearby ski resort of Roza Khutor at Krasnaya Polyana. It was the first time Russia had hosted Olympics since the breakup of the USSR in 1991.

Sochi has always been associated in Russia’s national mentality with the south, palms and a hot climate, that’s why it was quite a bit of a surprise for many that the city won the 2014 Winter Olympic bid. This phenomenon will be probably never be understood by Russians completely: every place in the country has a real winter, but Sochi? The answers are an absence of harsh frost and the very promising Alpine resort of Krasnaya Polyana in the city area. A less pragmatic explanation is the lucky destiny of Sochi. The most famous Russian saying about the city is “If I could read the cards, I would live in Sochi” . Initially coming from the Preference card game, this saying shows the association of Sochi and its inhabitants with luck, moreover, with an accidental and unpredictable fortune.

Sochi has many attractions to offer for anyone who loves nature, sports, history, and sunny beach leisure.

Going to Sochi

Going to Sochi by a cruise ship or by a regular ferry can be an attractive opportunity to visit Russia without visa. Passengers are allowed to stay up to 72 hours at Russian territory if they live at the cruise ship or at the hotel, which is arranged for this particular group tourist program.

Unsurprisingly, up to now, most international tourists come to Sochi by cruise ships.


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