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Sochi Travel Guide

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Plan Your Sochi Vacation

The breadbasket of Russia, the Krasnodar Krai is almost the size of Ireland. It's a region where the banks of the Kuban River gave a name (not to mention freedom) to the famous Kuban Cossacks; it is also a land where wheat fields and vineyards chase the horizon and the high Caucasus Mountains meet the sunlit shores of the Black Sea. The region became part of Russia in 1829. Sochi, often called the

"Pearl of the Black Sea," includes four districts and stretches for about 90 miles along Russia's southern coast. This area enjoys the northernmost subtropical climate in the world.

Nature has been generous to Sochi by creating a unique location where in 40 minutes you can travel between the sunny beaches of the Black Sea and the snow-capped Caucasus Mountains. Since Sochi is Russia's premier summer resort destination, the announcement that it would host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games was seen as ironic, but the winter sports in these parts are also legendary.

Sochi is surrounded by striking natural beauty: the Caucasus Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; many caves, which were dwellings of prehistoric people; megalithic tombs (called dolmens); and curative mineral springs. And don't forget all those new luxury hotels and spa complexes underway, set to open in time for the Olympics.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Catch the Olympic Fever A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some and a passion for others, the world's biggest display of international sportsmanship in 2014 will have a lasting impact on Sochi.
  2. Get a taste of Russia's south This region is a melting pot of Russian, Georgian, and Caucasian cultures. Eat persimmons and hearty Caucasian food, drink local wine and brandy, and experience the famous Caucasian hospitality.
  3. See the region's unique nature Sochi's natural riches include rare Yew and Box Wood trees. The Caucasus Mountains offer beautiful views of the hills and sea.
  4. Hit the slopes Krasnaya Polyana has been Russia's skiing capital since Soviet times.
  5. Get healthy The region's many renowned spas and natural springs claim to treat any disease.

When To Go

When to Go

Peak Season: June–August (Sochi); December– Mid-March (resort) June through August is peak tourist season for Sochi. Russians flock to the...

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