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Sochi

Sochi is the Russia's only subtropical resort city that stretches along the picturesque coast of the Black Sea. With a permanent population approaching 350,000 it holds the record as the largest resort city in Russia. As the unofficial capital of the Riviera of the Caucasus, its many beaches make the city popular in summer, while skiing in the nearby mountain makes it an ideal place for winter vacations.

Natural mineral springs are but a component of Sochi’s vast collection of natural attractions encompassed in the nearby Caucasian State Nature Biosphere Reserve. The Agura and Orekhovskaya waterfalls are perhaps the most strikingly beautiful representations of these attractions, but the mountains also hide mysterious caves where traces exist of the first humans who migrated northward through here into Neanderthal-dominated Europe some 35,000 years ago. Sochi also boasts a large trout farm, as well as a spectacular dolphinarium and aquatheater.

Sochi itself boasts a beautiful collection of parks, including a botanical garden and arboretum with rare and exotic species of tropical flora, as well as beautiful coastal promenades and trails. Daily walks are considered by many local experts as important for the restoration of health to the body and mind, so its not unusual to find a large number of strollers on scenic pedestrian byways like the gorgeous Eagle Rocks path. Sochi also contains a special tea plantation, the only one in Russia, and the northernmost in all the world. Its tea-house’s picturesque view of the Black Sea from the exclusive Dagomys district provides the perfect setting for sampling Russia’s home-grown offerings.

With so much local attention to health and exercise, the International Olympics Committee found Sochi to be the obvious choice to host the 2014 Winter Games. The 22nd Winter Olympiad drew thousands of visitors, and the attention of millions of international television viewers, to this proud resort area. These Games were the first for the Russian Federation - the Moscow Olympics of 1980 were, in fact, hosted by the Soviet Union, a now extinct country. Even more than a year before the arrival of the Olympic torch, the city has already undergone a number of immense changes, with billions of rubles spent on preparing the city and the nearby Krasnaya Polyana skiing area for hosting this world event. All competitions took place in two areas: the newly constructed Coastal Cluster, which hosted indoor ice events in the city, and the Mountain Cluster, which features a renovated Krasnaya Polyana for all downhill and skiing sports.

Krasnaja Poljana

Krasnaya Polyana is located 42 km from the Black Sea, on the south side of the Main Caucasus Ridge. Thanks to this arrangement climate here is extremely mild (an average of about zero degree), but the moisture-laden sea air condenses well in the snow, so there`s always a lot of snow here. This is special snow, it is both lightweight and slippery (wet). Fantastic skiing! «Rosa Khutor» — a year-round mountain resort that meets the highest standards of service and safety. Today «Rosa Khutor» — the only resort in the country, providing an opportunity to practice both winter and summer mountain sports.

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