Sochi

The South capital of Russia

There are many unique places In Russia, and Sochi is undoubtedly one of them. It’s a clashing city that unites multiple cultures and nationalities; a city with phenomenal nature and geographical location. Sochi has everything – the warm sea, majestic mountains, delicious cuisine, wilderness, and many places of interest. We love Sochi and often travel there. And we recommend you to do the same!

What To See/Do In Sochi

Looking for some attractions and places of interest? Come with us and have unforgettable vacations!

Drive an electric car around the entire Olympic Park, located in the Adler district. See the Bolshoy, Fischt and Ice Cube stadiums, the medal area and formula one track
Sail on a yacht along the coast, observing the city from the sea, or get an individual sailing lesson
Discover the extraordinary Krasnaya Polyana mountain village, the venue of the Olympic Games in 2014, go up by cable car to the highest point
Rent equipment and to try a variety of slopes and plains at Krasnaya Polyana
Take a walk through the local market and try unusual foods - fresh churchhella or pastila, figs, feijoa, smoked suluguni, basturma, freshly squeezed pomegranate juice.
Visit Abrau Durso, the famous village, origin of the best Russian wines. Take a walk through the vineyards, go down to the wine cellars and taste rare wines.

Some Facts

Sochi was founded in 1838 as “fort Alexandria” and is one of the greatest cities in the world. See for yourself:
Sochi is the longest city in Russia, and the second longest in the world (after Mexico).
Sochi is the world's northernmost region of subtropical climate
On average it is sunny in Sochi 300 days a year
Sochi is the only place in Russia, where tea (the most northerly in the world), as well as citrus fruits (mandarins, lemons) are grown
The summer residence of the Russian president is located in Sochi, so the city is informally called the "summer capital of Russia."
Sochi was the host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Tatiana About Sochi

"...My family's history is rooted in Sochi. Some of my relatives live in this city to this day. I often go there, I love the town and my local family. And I can say for sure: there is no place in the world, where completely different peoples and cultures live so peacefully and harmoniously. Only here you can see the Russian, who dances the lezginka and the Armenian, who cooks borsch... "
Tatiana Teplova, Co-founder

A Bit of History

Sochi has its own quite interesting history. The town began to develop as a resort in the late nineteenth-early twentieth century. It all began with the opening of the Matsesta mineral springs, and then quickly sagacious entrepreneurs hurried to buy and build up on the land. Luxurious hotels, health resorts and sanatoriums which attracted the most spoiled crowds, as well as the palaces of the royal family, the government and the Russian nobility were established here.

Retro Sochi

However, with the onset of Soviet power all Sochi objects were nationalized making them accessible to the public. In the 1930s, a master plan for the development of the resort adopted, and during this time new resorts were created, many roads were built, hydrogeological and mining facilities were formed, utilities and new parks were established, paved sightseeing tours were organized. Sochi became the leading resort in all of the Soviet Union, receiving up to 5 million people per season.

With the advent of the 90s and the collapse of the USSR, the situation had changed dramatically. The economic and political situation influenced the development of the city, the number of tourists drastically decreased, sanatoriums began to close, many attractions went into recession due to lack of government support. But Russia has changed since, and with it the city has changed… and by the mid 2000s, the city began to receive investments, and in 2007 was chosen as the host of the Russian Winter Olympic Games in 2014, which provided the city with the opportunity to be transformed.

Today Sochi is a major ski resort, the center for business tourism, the venue for various international events, including sports-related: Formula 1, Fifa 2018 and much more. Also, for many Russians the city remains the main destination for beach tourism, many people travel here for the sea.

A Bit of Geography...

Sochi is a part of the Caucasus. The city is stretched along the Black Sea coast for 140 km. The city is reaches in 60 km towards the Main Caucasian Ridge. Thus, the high mountains of the Caucasus harbor the city from the cold northern winds. In the vicinity of Sochi there are peaks such as: Mount Fischt - 2867 m, Mount Chugush - 3238 m, Mount Pshish - 3790 m. These and many other mountains are well seen from different viewing sites in Sochi. This city is unique, because straight from the sunny beach one can get to a major ski resort, where there is always a lot of snow.

A Bit About The Climate...

Sochi is the sunniest and warmest city in the country. The town lies on the same latitude as the famous resorts of Shenyang, Sapporo, Varna and the French Riviera. The subtropical climate of the coast gives way to a mild Mediterranean and temperate one in the mountains. The ski season in the mountains lasts from October to May. The average winter temperature is 0 -5 degrees. The beach season lasts from May to October, the average temperature being 25 degrees.

A Bit About The Locals...

People of more than a hundred nationalities live and work in Sochi. Ethnic composition was formed over centuries, and was due to historical events, as well as geographic location. Russian, Armenians, Georgians, Ukrainians and Greeks have lived here side by side for decades. What’s interesting is that different cultures had not isolated themselves and did not fight for sovereignty, but on the contrary, these cultures united, forming an extraordinary cultural stratum. This is now reflected in the food, customs, language and way of life. Some of the people, who for decades have been accustomed to maintain good neighborly relations between ethnic groups, actually find it difficult to name their nationality.