With beautiful warm sea on one side, and the snowcapped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains on the other, greater Sochi is claimed to be the longest city in Europe, 147 km (91 mi). Sochi Photos
Sochi was established in 1896 on the site of the former Navaginskoye fort, and began developing as a resort area shortly after. Greater Sochi includes resorts: Adler, Kudepsta, Hosta, Matsesta, Dagomys, Krasnaya Polyana, Loo, Golovinka, Lazarevskoe, Vardan. All of the territory is a national park, and it borders the Republic of Georgia in the south.
More than 100 nationalities live in Sochi, a multicultural city which population is close to 400.000. One of the most southern Russian cities Sochi has a rich heritage as the nation’s major Black Sea port city, resort and cultural center. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve, lies just north from the city.
Pristine alpine valleys and skiing trails of Caucasus Mountains, combined with beautiful sub-tropical weather and abundance of snow, all highly appreciated by booming winter sports industry.
Sochi has world class ski resorts in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, in the mountains above the town, dozens of spa resorts and hotels. Many new sites were developed for the Olympics, including construction of new power and communication networks, transportation routes, and a new airport.
Sochi hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 2014.
Olympic Sochi Map
Olympic Park Coastal Cluster on the coast of the Black Sea
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
©2016 Sochi Photo
The area’s humid subtropical climate, endless beaches and exotic vegetation, national parks, historic architecture and mineral baths, arts festivals (Sochi hosts annual movie and music festivals), make the city a prominent resort destination.
In Sochi you can swim in the sea from April until October, and go skiing from October through May.