Sochi Travel Guide
Sochi from the Black Sea © Reachrich
Host to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Sochi is nestled in the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains and stretches along the coast of the Black Sea. Referred to as the 'Russian Riviera', it boasts an inviting subtropical climate, pebbled beaches and botanical parks, alongside waterfalls, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve and a world-class skiing resort.
Sochi is also famed for its sulphur springs and myriad health spas, including the world-renowned Matsesta district. But the city is more than just a healthy holiday destination, with the elite of Russia descending upon Sochi for the annual summer film festival while tourists flood in to enjoy the beaches. During the winter, Sochi sees a slew of travellers making their way to the nearby ski resorts, particularly Krasnaya Polyana.
Birthplace of tennis ace Maria Sharapova and Stalin's favourite holiday retreat, the city of Sochi offers visitors great skiing, hiking and sailing opportunities. Any trip here will be a memorable and relaxing one.
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