|The gateway to the ‘Caucasian Riviera’, Sochi is the country’s biggest and busiest summer sea resort city on the Black Sea in Krasnodar Krai, located 1,500 km south of Moscow, and one of its southernmost places, often called the unofficial ‘Summer Capital’ of Russia, or the Black Sea Pearl. Elongated along the Black Sea coast for 147 km of mostly coastline settlements, Greater Sochi is claimed to be the longest city in Europe. Having a permanent population of 343334, every year Sochi attracts more than four million visitors with its amazing mountainous coastline, endless shingle beaches, warm sunny days, and bustling coastline nightlife, pumping out disco hits from dusk till dawn. It is one of the very few places in Russia with a subtropical climate, with warm to hot summers and mild winters.|
The new look of Sochi with its new roads, sanitation, air and seaports, hotels, restaurants, sport facilities etc., completely transformed its features of once a Soviet domestic resort. With beautiful warm sea on one side, and the snowcapped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains on the other, Sochi has many attractions to offer for anyone who loves nature, sports, history, or just sunny beach leisure: watch the sun drop slowly behind the Black Sea horizon on packed with restaurants, cafes and bars sea embankment, take a relaxing stroll in magnolia- and cypress-filled parks away from the embankment, explore the extravagant Stalinist architecture and hike amid waterfalls and sublime views in the Agura Valley, ski the towering peaks of Krasnaya Polyana…Sochi area’s mild humid subtropical climate, exotic vegetation, endless beaches and mineral baths, national parks and historic architecture, arts festivals, lively culture and sport facilities make Sochi a prominent resort destination. «Could I read the cards, I would live in Sochi» is the most famous Russian saying about the place.