The Russian city of Sochi hosting the 2018 European Junior and Cadets Fencing Championships is rightly called Russia’s sport capital of the 21st century.
In February 2014, Sochi played host to the XXII Winter Olympic Games, which has made the city well known all over the world. The Olympics provided an impetus to Sochi’s growing sport career, and today the city hosts a great many of national and international events. It is in Sochi that the Formula-1Autodrome circuit, the only one in Russia, is located, where Grand Prix races are organized annually. In late June – early July 2018, Sochi will host group games (1/8 and 1/4 final) of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Sochi is also well known in the political arena. It is here that high-level talks between Russian and foreign state leaders are often held. And on October 15-21, 2017 Sochi organized the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students.
On top of all this, Sochi boasts other unique features. Located on the Black Sea coast in close proximity to the Caucasus Mountains, the city has unique natural conditions. Its mild subtropical climate, numerous mineral springs, grand mountainous landscapes, and the nearby indigenous protected forests make Sochi – for more than 100 years already – Russia’s main health resort, often dubbed the Russian Riviera.
The Olympic Park was constructed in the run-up to the XXII Winter Olympic Games. It hosted ice hockey matches (Ice Palace “Bolshoi” (“Grand”), now being a home arena of the “Sochi” Hockey Club). Besides, it is used for organizing concerts, sport competitions, exhibitions and forums, speed-skating (“Adler Arena”), figure-skating and short track (Winter Sport Palace “Iceberg”, where young fencers from Europe will compete for titles), curling (Curling Center “Ice Cube”), and also grand opening and closing ceremonies for the Games (Stadium “Fisht”, which was reconstructed after the Olympics to host games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup). The Park also encompasses the Olympic Village, a home to Olympic athletes, coaches and entourage.
After 2014 the Park has become one of Sochi’s main attractions. Thousands of city residents and guests visit it daily for amusement and positive emotions. The Park looks especially beautiful during the late evening with all its facilities well-lit.
Official website of the Olympic Park in Sochi
The Sochi dendrarium is located on the wide slope facing the sea. It boasts of a unique collection of exotic and rare plants from all over the world: more than 1,800 species of trees, shrubs and flowers. Visitors can use aerial railway to get to the dendrarium’s highest point. It commands a splendid view of the park, sea and the mountains.
Opening hours: 9:00 – 18:00 daily (no intervals and days-off). Address: 74, Kurortny Prospekt
Sochi dendrarium website
Riviera is the most popular place for a holiday for Sochi residents and guests. It was founded more than 100 years ago. It is assumed that it is from here that Sochi as a health resort started. The so-called Friendship Polyana with magnolias planted by famous people is the most prominent place in the park. There is also an oceanarium, home to fish brought here from all over the world, and a dolphinarium where marine mammals perform to amuse the public.
Address: 1, Ul. Egorova
Riviera Park website
AJ Hackett Sochi is Russia’s first high-altitude adventure park. It is located in the Sochi national park, in the scenic Akhshtyr gorge. Featuring prominently in the park is the world’s longest Skybridge (ca 440 m) that commands a splendid view of the grand Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea coast.
Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:00 in wintertime (no intervals and days-off).
Address: Ul. Krasnoflotskaya, s. Kazachiy Brod.
“Rosa Khutor” is the largest and most popular alpine ski resort in Russia. In February 2014 it hosted the alpine skiing, snowboard and freestyle events for the XXII Winter Olympics. The total length of ski-runs is 94 km with 1,534 m elevation. Owing to the proximity of sea, on the one side, and the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, on the other, all the ski-runs have a unique snow cover throughout the winter. Coupled with a well-run infrastructure, this ski resort is considered to be one of the best places for skiing and winter holidaymaking not only in Russia, but also in the world.
There are two more alpine ski clusters in the Krasnaya Polyana area, namely: resort Gorki Gorod and the mountain tourist center of OJSC "Gazprom". Each of them has its advantages, but it is “Rosa Khutor” that dominates among the three ones.
To get to “Rosa Khutor”, you make take the Lastochka (Swallow) high-speed electric train that departs from the Adler railway station 6 times a day.
“Rosa Khutor” website
A cascade of three 18, 23 and 20 m waterfalls on the Agura River, Khosta District, is the most popular natural interest of the Sochi national park. If you move further along the hiking trail , passing by the Agura Waterfalls, you may turn to the left and see the statue of Prometheus erected on the Eagle's Rocks.
Alternatively, if you turn to the right, you may climb up the Bolshoi (Greater) Akhun mouintain with a 30.5-meter-high Observation Tower built in 1935-1936. The tower commands a beautiful panorama of the Sochi coastline.
To get there, you may take any regular bus running between Sochi and Adler and go as far as the Sanatorium Sputink bus stop, and then walk for 10–15 minutes up the asphalt road.
Sochi is the largest health resort in Russia, stretching
for 147 km along the Black Sea coast.
It is located at the same latitude as
Nice and Toronto.
The climate in Sochi is subtropical, the average
temperatures being +26 С in summer
and -3 С in winter.
The RF President’s summer residence is situated
in Sochi, hence the city is unofficially dubbed
“the Summer Capital of Russia.”
The mountains of the Caucasus Range
that surround Sochi are 2,000 m high,
with Elbrus (5,642 m) being the highest
in Europe (cf. Mont Blanc, 4,810 m high).
Sochi is a native place of many famous Russian
athletes, including our Olympic champion
Evgeny Kafelnikov and world tennis
star Maria Sharapova.
The Sochi boasts of its wonderful beaches, 147 km long,
that are not inferior to the Mediterranean beaches
and make one of the longest coastlines in Europe.
Forest accounts for more than 200,000 hectares
of the Bolshoi Sochi (The Greater Sochi) area.
Over the last 30 years, the forest area in Krasnaya
Polyana has even increased from 70% to 95%.
More than 90% of the Sochi area is occupied
by mountains, the city territory being
part of the State National Park.