Sochi is a “Pearl by the sea”, a city with an incredible atmosphere, nature, springs and mountains. Sochi is the largest recreational destination in Europe, with a coastline of 145 kilometers. The Big Sochi is comprised of 4 districts: the Adlerskiy, Central, Lazarevskiy and Hostinskiy districts. Each of them is different and each of them has its own history and attractions.
Such events as the “Kinotavr” and “KiViN” festivals, ice shows, musical festivals, international conferences, competitions and beauty contests take place annually in Sochi. The FIFA World Cup and a popular Formula 1 car race will also take place in Sochi in 2018.
Whether you visit this tourist paradise with your family or with your friends, you will spend unforgettable holidays here. With the opportunity not only to frolic in water parks and parks full of attractions, but also to go alpine skiing or experience extreme recreation, you will never get bored. Apart from the attractions you can enjoy fresh air and a wide range of thermal baths any time you want. Thanks to hydrogen sulfide springs, famous for their rejuvenating properties, you can take care of your health. It is sunny and warm in Sochi 300 days a year. It is the warmest city in Russia.
How can you travel around Sochi? First of all you can use public transport, such as buses, local trains, and route taxis. If you want to get to the city center, a bus or a route taxi are the best options for you. The prices are fixed. For example, it will cost you around 150 rubles and take around an hour to get from the center of Sochi to Adler. If you want to travel along the coastline or take a trip to Krasnaya Polyana, you had better choose a train. The trains are modern and well maintained and a one-way ticket costs around 450 rubles. Apart from public transport you can hire a taxi or rent a car. You will pay around 1500 per day for a middle class car. It is one of the most convenient ways to get around the city.
Sochi hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 2014. The city changed so much for this event that it has really become unrecognizable. Sochi has gained a global standing.
Nowadays it is still a very popular resort, which welcomes well-known sportsmen, hosts international forums and events, competitions and contests.
The Sochi Olympic heritage is extremely rich. There are stadiums, ice arenas, sport palaces, an ice skating center and alpine skiing center, bobsled and skeleton tracks, training centers, an autodrome – and all of them are in active operation to prepare sportsmen, to host events and to welcome active recreation lovers.
The first Olympic object, “Rosa Khutor”, is incredibly popular today. The ski trails of this alpine skiing resort are altogether 100 kilometers long. Tourists eagerly come to “Krasnaya Polyana” to go skiing or snowboarding. The modern complex is equipped with fast chairlifts.
The best way to learn more about the Olympic objects is to book a sightseeing tour.
The entertainment program in Sochi is very diverse. A bunch of popular festivals, fashion shows, comedy shows and many more events are held here annually. Cultural programs offer a number of options for everyone. Let’s take a glance at the most famous festivals in Sochi.
“Kinotavr” is the most popular Russian film festival, where all celebrities and film directors gather. It has been held in Sochi since 1991. The sea, an open air ceremony, interesting program, a number of nominations – these are what create the unique atmosphere of the festival.
“KiViN” is an annual music festival, which attracts a great number of viewers. “KiViN” is not only an amusing and entertaining festival, but also a great chance to show your talent. Participants are given an opportunity to get into the official league of the international KVN association.
Comedy Club is a comedy show, which has been broadcasted since 2015. It regularly takes place in Sochi and you can lift your spirits here. The show is very popular thanks to its talented participants and good jokes.
“Novaya Volna” is an international contest for young singers. It has taken place in Sochi annually since 2015. Modern infrastructure and the rich heritage of the Olympic objects make this event notable and fascinating.
“Christmas at Rosa Khutor”
“Christmas at Rosa Khutor” is a music festival, where stars of the industry take part. The singer Griroriy Leps organized this event and invited talented artists. This festival takes place in January and creates a festive New Years atmosphere.
Interesting sites of Sochi
Akhun is the highest spot in Sochi. It is more than 600 meters above sea level. It resembles a piece of paradise with incredible nature. From the tower, which is situated on the top of the mountain, you can enjoy the fantastic views of the city and the seacoast. The landscape, intact nature and fresh air attract tourists.You can book a sightseeing tour around the city and then travel to the Akhun mountain and enjoy the beautiful views of Sochi.
It is a large park where more than 100 tropical plant species are collected. The Arboretum is the most popular place to take a walk. You can admire a unique collection of palms, pine trees, Australian eucalyptus and other plants. A number of viewing points, where you can enjoy a beautiful city view, are situated in the park. You can walk around the arboretum on foot or get to the top of the park on a funicular. At the entrance you can book a tour to get to know the flora and fauna of this place in detail. You have to pay a fee to enter the park, but it is worth it.
This is another popular park in Sochi, founded in 1898. Here you will find a great number of attractions both for kids and parents, sculptures, a sea aquarium, a dolphinarium, a petting zoo, a kid city and many other attractions. You can take an exciting walk and enjoy the park itself, decorated with flower alleys and fountains. Architectural complexes and sculptures enhance the fantastic atmosphere. The Marine Station is located not far from the park. After a walk you can enjoy the sunset there.
The Marine Station is a majestic double-deck building decorated with pillars and statues. The station was built in 1955. It is situated in the city center and is its hallmark. This is an original architectural landmark. You can not only enjoy the building’s beauty, but also take a ride on a ship or a yacht. During a tour you will enjoy a fabulous view of the Marine Station.
Zimniy theater is the main theater in Sochi. Many festivals, concerts, shows and plays are held here. It was built in 1937 and opened its doors for visitors in 1938. Bolshoi Theater celebrities perform here every year. The classical style of the building makes it graceful and majestic. There is also a philharmonic hall in the theater. The program is so diverse, that you can choose plays and shows to see that you will remember for a lifetime.
This is the biggest sea aquarium by the Black Sea. It was founded in 2007, and since that time the variety of animal species has increased every year. The sea aquarium is situated in the Riviera park. The show program amazes visitors each time. You can observe unique fish species, learn ocean secrets, scuba dive or do a photoshoot.
The trout farm in Sochi is the biggest one in Russia. It was founded in 1964 and has grown ever since. Here different species of trout and salmon are bred. The best way to learn the history of this place is to book a tour. After the tour you can visit a café and taste fresh trout. Near the trout farm is a shop where you can buy some fish.
Beaches of Sochi
There are a lot of beaches in Sochi, where you can relax, sunbathe and swim in the Black Sea. At the beaches you will find everything you need for your convenience: lifeguard towers, deckchairs, beach umbrellas, cafés, medical centers, souvenir shops, catamarans, water toys and much more. You can visit either city beaches or hotel beaches (with an entrance fee). Each beach has a name. For example, Riviera beach, which is situated near the park and very popular among tourists. Normally the beaches are pebbly, but there are also sandy ones.
“Sochi Park” is one of the three best parks in Russia. It is a whole attraction complex decorated with colorful themes. You will meet fictional characters, ride different attractions, such as carousels and rollercoasters, visit a dolphinarium and watch interesting shows. It is a great place to spend time with your family. Both children and parents will be content. In addition, a number of colorful festivals take place in the park. The unlimited ticket you buy at the entrance allows you to ride all of the attractions as many times as you want. You will also be able to have brunch in one of the cafes situated in the park.
It is one of the most popular waterparks in Sochi. You will be amazed by the large variety of waterslides, swimming pools and amusements. There are open and enclosed water slides with one or multiple tracks. Adrenaline junkies will find kamikaze waterslides here. There is also a zone for children with waterslides in the shape of different animals. Swimming pools are equipped with artificial fountains and massage streams. This is a great place to spend a day, enjoy waterslides and have a great time.
Krasnaya Polyana is the most popular alpine ski resort in Sochi. It is comprised of four ski bases: Alpinica-service, Laura, Gorky gorod and Rosa Khutor. Krasnaya Polyana is situated 500 meters above sea level. All of the hotels, restaurants and Olympic objects are here. You can get to the ski runs by cable car. In winter this resort is in great demand. A large number of tourists come to Krasnaya Polyana to go snowboarding and alpine skiing. Apart from these activities tourists also go hiking. Thanks to modern chairlifts, long routes and the great location this place welcomes sports competitions and pleases its guests. If you don’t go snowboarding or skiing, you can visit a sky park and have an unforgettable experience. Krasnaya Polyana always attracts tourists with its views, fresh air, wide trails and excellent service. You can get here by bus, local train or a taxi.
“Sky-park” is the only extreme park in Russia. In the “Sky-park” you can do a 200 meter jump into the canyon, swing above the abyss and cross the highest bridge in the world. Those who enjoy calm recreation can go on a walking tour along the hanging bridge over the Mzmyta river. Not everyone can overcome their fear and commit to such extreme actions, but if you can, you deserve to be praised! Those who have done jumps in this park have said that they felt like they were born again. Here you will experience an extreme adrenaline rush.
This is an exciting journey on a jeep along forest and mountain roads, springs and valleys. You will not only enjoy an extreme ride, but also visit caves, canyons and waterfalls. You can also admire unique nature and monuments of architecture. Nowadays you can pick your option from a great variety of trips and tours. You will follow the most extraordinary routes and visit the main natural attractions. You can organize an unforgettable photoshoot in the most beautiful corners of Sochi and take a dip in a mountain stream. A lazy vacation on a beach is nice, but spending a day in nature is even better!
Rafting is the pastime of traveling down a river on a raft. This is an incredible mix of extreme experience, breathtaking views and refreshing splashes of water. Every family member will like this kind of vacation. The difficulty of a route depends only on your wishes and preferences. You will feel a rush of emotions and you don’t have to be a sportsman to take part in this journey. You will be accompanied by an instructor, who will teach you everything you need to know and ensure your safety. If you come to visit Sochi, make sure to experience rafting, because you will remember this journey for a lifetime.
Canyoning is traveling down a river canyon using alpinist equipment. A canyon journey is not only an extreme tour, but also an exciting adventure along nature’s wonders. You will jump into mountain streams, climb hills, and travel down a mountain. During this trip you will feel like a true alpinist. The difficulty of the obstacles will depend on the type of your tour, and the instructor will ensure your safety. You will see the most extraordinary and beautiful mountain views, take fabulous pictures and have a new experience.
The casino in Sochi is one of the largest casinos in Europe. This unique entertainment complex is situated at Krasnaya Polyana. Apart from the old casino you can visit a number of restaurants with a variety of cuisines, bars, concert halls, VIP halls and even a theater. Everyone will find a suitable game to play here. There are gambling machines, card tables, American roulette and many other games here. This is the place where you can try your luck and win a fortune, have a good time with your friends and take part in show programs. The personnel treat every guest with great attention and fulfill any wish. You can participate in a loyalty program, which allows you to participate in raffles and win different prizes. The casino was founded not so long ago, but a great number of guests, including celebrities, have already visited it. The casino building is luxuriously decorated with splendid architectural details. If you have not ever been to the casino, you will get some points for the first game. You can participate in a raffle and compete for the main prize. In the casino you can also organize your own party, New Year or Birthday celebration, a photoshoot or a business meeting. As a guest you can get some special bonuses and presents. You can find the detailed information at the casino’s website.
“Zhemchuzhina” Grand Hotel
This hotel complex is situated right by the Black Sea. The hotel provides the guests with its own beach, a large seawater swimming pool, tennis court, restaurants, and evening shows. The main attractions of the city are located near the hotel. You can visit a spa, a fitness center, take up aerobics, go fishing or snorkeling, and much more. There are shops, a beauty salon, and a car rental store at guest services. This is one of the best hotels in Sochi and is in great demand among tourists.
“Villa Anna” Hotel, as well as its restaurant, is decorated as a Scottish castle of the 16th century. In the restaurant dishes of the European and Caucasian cuisines are served. There is a swimming pool, bowling alley, and table tennis at guest services. You can borrow sports equipment from the hotel if you want to go skiing. There is a landscaped garden with a terrace and barbeque on the territory. You will admire the architecture of this great place to stay.
Sea Galaxy Hotel Congress & Spa
Spa Hotel is situated in the city center 100 meters from the Black Sea coast. There is a restaurant with its own confectionary in the hotel, the rooms are decorated in a classic style with a sea view. In addition, the entertainment staff and wellness center are always at your service. On the official web page of the hotel you will find a great number of offers, discounts and promotions for guests. Your stay can be not only comfortable, but also affordable. The hotel personnel will always be friendly and helpful towards the guests.