Sochi is one of the most southern places in the whole of Russia, and it shot to international fame when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Located on the Black Sea, it is in the state of Krasnodar Krai. There are many great things to do and see in Sochi, including historical sights, nature, beaches, and sporting attractions. It is a very popular summer retreat for Russian people; it is the busiest and biggest summer resort all across Russia.
The main heart of the city is easy to explore by foot, and there are also good public transportation options if you want to go a bit further afield. There’s a very wide assortment of places to eat, drink, and sleep.
Some top things to do in Sochi include:
Touring Olympic Sites
If you’re into sports you can visit several of the places that were used during the 2014 Winter Olympics, as hosted in Sochi. Mainly within the Adler District, visit the large Olympic Park where the opening and closing ceremonies were held, as well as some different events such as skating, hockey, and curling. The F1 race track is close to hand as well as a large leisure park.
Visiting Interesting Museums
Sochi is home to a good selection of different museums, and you are sure to find something to pique any interest. If you like art you will love the large Sochi Art Museum, with its varied collections that cover several different time periods. The building itself is also gorgeous, so make sure that you snap a few pictures from outside before heading in to admire the numerous exhibits and displays. The Art Gallery of Wood Plastic is also interesting, with over 500 carved pieces. Learn more about Sochi’s past at the expansive History Museum and get more of a sports fix at the new Museum of Sochi Sport Honour.
Relaxing in Lovely Parks
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a little while there are plenty of nice parks around the city where you can chill out and take a breather. The largest city park, and one that is very popular with both locals and visitors alike, is Riviera Park. It has a long history and within the park you will find a cinema, lots of sporting facilities, and places to eat and drink. In the summer it has lots of colourful flowers and plenty of spots in the shade of overhanging trees, and in the winter it is really quite magical! Take a stroll along the green and leafy Friendship Alley where a number of famous figures, Russian and international, have planted trees to show comradeship. The Park of Southern Cultures has a delightful pond as well as many trees and flowers, Frunze Park features a pretty fountain and is a good place for doing a variety of sports, and Dendrarium offers great vies and is connected to the mountains by a cable car.
Chilling Out on Beautiful Beaches
Sochi’s beaches on the Black Sea Coast are a major pull for visitors in the summer months, and it is likely that you will spend at least a couple of days soaking up the sun, relaxing on the sands, and swimming in the refreshing ocean waters. Even in the colder winter months the beaches are still a nice scenic place to enjoy a brisk walk.
Discovering Many Monuments
There are a large number of monuments spread all around the city, some of which are really quite unusual. The Singing Fountains is a pleasant spot in the summer months, when you can delight in the quaint sound and water show each evening. Other favourites include the Olympic Countdown Clock, the historic Anchor and Cannon, the sombre War Memorial on top of the hill, and the attractive Golden Fleece. The Feat for Life Memorial remembers those who gave medical aid and assistance to war casualties and there is an interesting monument in honour of three major anti-fascism figures; Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill.
Exploring Godlik Fortress
Although it is in a poor state of repair, it is still easy to imagine how grand and imposing this fortress must have been in the past. Hundreds of years old, several sections of walls remain as well as parts of the soaring towers.
Visiting Sites Associated with Stalin
As well as many other Russian people, Stalin couldn’t resist the beautiful Black Sea Coast for his summer retreat. He had a country / summer home in the area, which has been turned into a museum dedicated to the former leader.
You can also see a number of buildings that were constructed in the Stalin era; architecturally, they are very detailed and beautiful. They include the Winter Theatre, the Train Station, and Sochi Art Museum.
There are also many places where you can get out into nature and enjoy the views and wildlife in the mountains. With plenty of thing to do in Sochi, make sure you add this interesting Russian city to your itinerary!