The only Russia’s subtropical resort city stretches along the Black Sea coast for 145 km. The Greater Sochi area is divided into four districts: Adler, Khosta, Central and Lazarevsky. Sochi is the largest wellness resort in Russia, and it’s the only city in the country, located in the subtropical zone, so the holiday season lasts all year round. Warm sea and beautiful beaches await you in summer, while in winter you can enjoy all kinds of winter sports on the popular ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana. Well-equipped slopes of the Caucasus mountain range with a total length of 25 kilometers are waiting for the ski fans. The nearby ski resort of Roza Khutor at Krasnaya Polyana was the location of the alpine and Nordic events for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Apart from the scenic Caucasus Mountains, pebble and sand beaches, the city attracts vacation-goers with its subtropical vegetation, numerous parks, monuments, and extravagant Stalinist architecture. About two million people visit Greater Sochi each summer, when the city is home to the annual film festival “Kinotavr” and a getaway for Russia’s elite.
Sochi has already become a modern center of business tourism. Meetings at the global level, conferences, exhibitions are held in this city. Solving business issues, participants can usefully spend their free time.
The major factors attracting vacationers in Sochi are warm, subtropical climate; the sea, proximity of scenic mountains, the developed tourist and recreational infrastructure. The virgin Colchis forests of Western Caucasus in the territory of the city (Caucasus Biosphere Reserve) are entered in the list of the world heritage of UNESCO.
Extent of the city of Sochi on the coastline of the Black Sea is about 145 km.
The total area of the resort town is 3502 km², and 81% of it is a part of especially protected territories and objects (The Caucasian State Biosphere Nature Reserve, the Sochi all-republican state natural wildlife area, Sochi National Park).