is called the Capital of Russian Health Resorts. It's situated in the
south western part of Russia and it spreads along the 150 km strip
between the Main Caucasus Mountain Range and the Black Sea coastline.
The city is on the same latitude with Gobi desert, Toronto, And the
French Riviera. Due to the proximity of the high Caucasian mountains
and the warm Black Sea, the climate here is subtropical. These are the
most northern subtropics in the world.
Sochi does not look like
the typical Russian city with cement apartment buildings. It is a
city-park, city-reserve. The city well integrated with the environment
. More than 90 % of the area of Sochi is established on a mountain or
hillside. The entire territory of Sochi is a part of the State Natural
National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tops of the Main
Caucasian ridge help to protect the city from intrusion of cold
northern winds. The unique combination of mountains and Sea form a
pleasant marine subtropical climate.
The difference of
seasons in Sochi are less distinct than
elsewhere in Russia. There are two basic periods distinguished : warm
(May - October) and cool (November - April). The average temperature in
Sochi is similar to San Francisco at +14 C (57 F). The daily average
temperature in summer + 25 C (77 F), maximum to + 35 C (98 F). Average
temperature of the coldest month of January is + 9C (48 F). Snowfall is
an unusual occurrence in the city. When the snow does fall, it rarely
stays more than two days. Sochi averages 300 sunny days a year.
can be classified as multifunctional resort. There are contemporary
entertainment centers as well as unique spa, balneological, and weather
related sport facilities.
Accommodations in Sochi varies from
casual hotels and motels to boutique and five star hotels, including
the world famous Radisson chain.
High level International government meetings occur in the city
regularly. Sochi 's mountain ski resort, Krasnaya Polyana (Red Glade)
is the favorite choice of Russian president Vladimir Putin.