Black Sea Coast of Krasnodar Area stretches for hundreds of kilometers. From Anapa to Adler, there are a great number of resort settlements, however, Sochi is still the main seaside resort of Russia.

To be more exact, we mean not only the city of Sochi itself, but so-called «Greater Sochi», which covers the territory of 140 kilometers from the settlement Magri to the border of Abkhazia on the Psou River. This area includes four districts: Lazarevsky, Central, Khostinsky, and Adler. At one time these were separate settlements (Lazarevskoye, Loo, Dagomys, Khosta, and Adler), but with the growth of population and development of infrastructure they merged in a single resort zone.

In Soviet time they sang a song about Sochi: «In the land of magnolias the sea is lapping». It sounds quite romantic, but it`s true. The fact is Sochi is the northernmost subtropical region in the world. The climate is due to the tall range of the Caucasian Mountains, which shields the resort from cold northern and eastern winds. From the south the resort is favored by the winds from the Mediterranean Region and the sea. That’s why there are growing magnolias, palms, mimosas and the other subtropical plants.

The snowy peaks of the Caucasian Mountains look rather unusually against the back-ground of this subtropical vegetation. Downhill skiing resorts are literally 50 kilometers of the beaches. So, you may have a rest there all round the year: to go skiing from December to April, and bathe and get browned from June to October.

However, if you really plan to go to Sochi, you should remember not only the songs about magnolias. The problem is the resort infrastructure of Sochi is very different from that of Egypt or Turkey. As a rule, even big hotels haven’t their own premises here, and most of them are rather far from the beach. So, when you reserve a hotel room, you should ask how far the hotel is from the beach.

The beaches of Sochi are covered with pebbles, and in the residential districts (Central, Adler, and Dagomys) concrete breakwaters are also spaced 50 meters apart. Alas, these don’t make the beaches of Sochi any more picturesque.

In the Soviet period Dagomys, Adler and Khosta were the most popular resort settle-ments. So they are today. They are small settlements, and what is more important, you can go on foot from your hotel to the beach or some other entertainment centers.

Central District is too big and overloaded with traffic, so that you can feel the resort atmosphere in full. There are almost no seaside hotels. However, most part of night clubs, concert halls, conservatories, arboretum, museums and theatres are located just in this district.

Adler would be the optimum variant. It is located near the entertainment places of the Central District and the airport. Adler has good beaches, and it is just from there that you could most easily go on excursions to the mountain regions of Krasnaya Polyana (Red Glade) and Abkhazia.

The Caucasian Mountains are what you should go to Sochi for, and even shut your eyes to certain infrastructure inconveniences. The famous resort Krasnaya Polyana is only 39 kilometers of Adler. It is just there that Winter Olympic Games 2014 was held. In Imeretinskaya valley Olympic park is located.

You must plan mountain excursions, if only one day long. If you have some basic training, you should buy 2-3-day mountain tours. If you go to the mountains for several days, you will need a guide, however, if you go on a day excursion, you can do it alone.

Apart from mountain excursions, it will be very interesting to go to Abkhazia. In Soviet times resorts of Abkhazia - Gagra, Pitsunda and Gudauta, - were the most popular recreation zone on the coast of the Black Sea. They are actively being developed today.

If you go on excursion to Abkhazia, you must visit New Athos Monastery and adjoining New Athos Cave (in fact, the largest cave in the Western Caucasus), as well as Ritsinsky Forest National Park. In this park Ritsa Lake is located, the most famous and most beautiful lake in the Caucasus.

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The torch of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, in the center of the Olympic Park on the Medal Plaza
Entrance to the Sochi amusement attraction-park near the Olympic Park
Imereti embankment stretches for 5 kilometers from the Sochi Olympic Park to the Psou river
Imereti embankment near the Sochi Olympic Park
The torch of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, in the center of the Olympic Park on the Medal Plaza
Krasnaya Polyana ski resort is located in the valley of the Mzymta river between two mountain ranges Aibga and Achishkho
Relic primeval forest in the Navalyshynsky Canyon produces the greatest impression
Hotels in the high mountain village of Gorki a City in Krasnaya Polyana on the background of the Achishkho mountain range
Entrance to the Moorish pavilion at Sochi Arboretum
Rotunda over the Moorish pavilion at Sochi Arboretum
The Morning ensemble at Sochi Arboretum
Attractions in Adler Resort Town
Aqua park on the territory of Adler Resort Town
Bogatyr hotel in the middle of the Sochi amusement Park, next to the Olympic Park
Olympic stadiums, Formula 1 track and Bogatyr hotel in Sochi Olympic Park
After the Olympics, the Formula 1 race track was built in the Sochi Olympic Park, and now the Russian Grand Prix is held here
Iceberg sports palace in Sochi Olympic Park
Beaches on the Imereti embankment in Sochi are pebbly
Vorontsov Cave is guarded by the forest guards, forest idols «Mother-Earth»
The main stadium Fisht in Olympic Park in Sochi
Tunnel of Adler oceanarium
«Coral» Building on the territory of Adler Resort Town
Greater Sochi stretches for over 100 kilometers along the Black Sea Coast
The steep slope made it possible to create several cascades in the Southern Vegetation Park in Sochi
Decorative trees and plants in the Southern Vegetation Park in Sochi