Krasnaya Polyana elevation 550m

Krasnaya Polyana (Beautiful Glade) is a small settlement surrounded by mountains and alpine meadows, about 70km from Sochi. Read the rest of this entry »

The Art Museum (Khudozhestvenny muzey; Kurortny pr 51; admission R30; open 10am-5.30pm daily) has special visiting exhibitions and an expansive permanent collection; an English guidebook is available for R5. The classical building – an artwork in itself, with massive columns representing Soviet might – looks out to a statue of comrade Lenin. Read the rest of this entry »


While the Black Sea resorts have been compared to Florida, Sochi – despite its arcades, discotheques, Zoom Flumes and beachside cafes – is not quite Daytona Beach. However, it is a relaxing place for seaside recuperation from the ardours of travel in Russia’s vast inland or large cities. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dagomys complex has a cinema/concert hall, a disco in the sports centre, several nightclubs, and a few restaurants with shows or live bands. In Sochi, most hotels have discos that are usually open from 9pm to 4am, with a typical cover charge of R100 to R200. Most restaurants have live music. Read the rest of this entry »

Greater Sochi, some 150km long, is the world’s second-largest conurbation after Los Angeles. Sochi itself stretches about 7km down the coast from Sochi River to the southern suburb of Matscsta. Read the rest of this entry »