Sochi is the city of the Olympic Games, the city of sun, the city where summer lives!
This resort capital of Russia is a unique cocktail of gentle sea, snow-capped mountains, evergreen palms, exciting eco-trails and the noisiest parties. Where else in the world can you ski and take a plunge in the sea in the same hour? Or see the northernmost tea plantations? Or perhaps you would like to solve the riddle of the mystical dolmens? Or admire eucalyptus trees and magnolia flowers?
Sochi is the city that perhaps every inhabitant of the country dreams of visiting. The resort bears the title of the Russian Riviera for a reason – it is located on the same latitude as Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo. Such an advantageous location allows tourists 300 days of sunshine a year. In winter the average air temperature is +10 degrees, and is +25 in the summer. The waters of the sea warm up to +28 in summer and are still +10 in winter.
Tourists the world over arrive in Sochi all year round to visit the unique ski resorts, enjoy a beach holiday, admire the beauty of nature, and take a walk in the legendary parks.
And what is more – Sochi is the chief health resort of the country. There are more than 60 sanatoriums offering a wide variety of treatment regimens all year round. The hydrogen sulphide springs of Matsesta brought the city balneological fame and the healing water has proven its effectiveness more than once.
Active leisure is another magnet that draws avid adventure-seekers to Sochi. After the 2014 Olympics, the once ordinary little mountain village of Krasnaya Polyana gained worldwide fame as a ski resort. Today it is an entire complex consisting of three modern resorts: Krasnaya Polyana, Roza Khutor and Gazprom. Each of them has a world-class infrastructure: modern lifts, hotels of various standing, and entertainment for every taste. Thanks to its special location, the place is famous for its superb quality snow cover, which is unmatched throughout the world. In summer, the Caucasus mountain range draws hiking lovers. Here one can admire alpine meadows, the purest mountain lakes, enjoy rafting, horseback riding or spend time at a water park on a summit 2000 meters about sea level.
There is always something to see in Sochi. The resort hosts hundreds of cultural, sports, economic, political and recreational events every year. The most prominent are the Grand Prix Formula 1, the New Wave music festival, the Kinotavr film festival, the Velvet Seasons fashion festival and many others.
In short, Sochi is a city that was made for travel and recreation!
Sochi has several times held international events at the highest level possible. FIFA2017 Confederation Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will become unprecedented world projects and big achievements of the city. Due to the World football tournaments well equipped football fields will be built in addition to the modern high tech football stadium Fisht. FIFA 2017 Confederation Cup matches made Sochi Resort very attractive for tourists thus having enhanced the tourist flow in long term perspective. Within the framework of FIFA 2017 Confederation Cup Sochi stadium Fisht held 4 matches: 3 qualifying matches on the 19th, 21st and the 25th of June, 2017, and the tournament semifinal on the 29th of June. The Confederation Cup viewers are a special category of viewers. Football fans of Australian, German, New Zealand, Mexican and Cameron teams, who have taken long hours flights only to see the national team play with their own eyes, could not but cause admiration. More than 115 thousand people came to Sochi matches. The football atmosphere spread through the city. Sochi received highest praise from the best football teams. Joachim Low, German National coach, called Sochi amazing. “All football players and football fans who had come from Germany liked the city very much. The beauty of Sochi, its infrastructure pleased them a lot. They also liked hospitality of people in Sochi. Whatever the tournament results will be, Sochi impresses us much” said Reinhard Grindel, German football Union President . Within the framework of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Sochi will hold 6 matches: 4 qualifying matches on the 15th, 18th, 23d and 26th of June, 1/8 final on the 30th of June and 1/4 final on the 7th of July, 2018. In the first half of a day there will be held educational sports programs on the field; and during the day the fans will enjoy the music entertainment program, apart from football live transmissions. Russian and foreign pop Stars, and some regional music groups as well, will take part in the entertainment process. Different programs for the young viewers, visits of famous football players, express interviews with sportsmen, contests among the viewers and regional team plays are planned to take place on the “Fans Festival” field. Sochi invites you to take part in the 2018 World football event and visit 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ matches on Sochi stadium Fisht. Sochi fans and the Resort guests have now the opportunity to choose the matches and buy tickets to 2018 World football Cup. The schedules are already published - so we know what teams will play at what days. On the 1st of December the toss up results determined the matches that will be held in Sochi. The schedule for the 2018 World football Cup teams is as follows: In the Group Stage: 15th of June. Portugal versus Spain 18th of June. Belgium versus Panama 26th of June. Austria versus Peru 23d of June. Germany versus Swiss Final matches in Sochi: 30th of June. 1/8 final 7th of July. 1/4 final As you can see, Sochi will witness the results of four group stage matches and two semifinal. The matches will be held on the stadium Fisht, Adler district.
At least four generations of Russians associate Sochi with the warm sea. And that is right!
The history of Sochi is inherently linked with ancient times. The ancient Greeks regarded the Black Sea as an inhospitable place because of the bloodthirsty Achaei, Zygii, and Heniochi tribes who not only inhabited the coast from Tuapse to Abkahazia in the 9th Century BCE, but also engaged in piracy and the slave trade. Millennia have passed since then, but the legends that arose during that age continue to this day. Make yourself comfortable as we embark upon a mysterious voyage back through the ages. The legend of Prometheus In ancient times, people lived in cold, uncomfortable caves, hunted with stones and clubs, ate raw meat and were ignorant of fire. Meanwhile, on Mount Olympus, home of the Greek Gods, life was vibrant, full of passions and intrigue. One day, Prometheus, King of the Scythians, decided to better the lives of the common people. He presented them with a spark from the sacred fire of Olympus. The gift sparked the desire for work and creativity in their hearts, and they pursued art and mastered crafts. Zeus was furious and would not forgive Prometheus for his betrayal. He chained him to a rock in a distant mountain land, where a fierce eagle tore open his chest and pecked out his liver every day. Agura, a local beauty, learned of Prometheus’ torment. Every day, she went to him, giving him spring water, feeding him bread, and singing him songs. Then one day, the fierce eagle saw her. It lifted the girl into the air and threw her violently into a gorge. Striking the ground, Agura transformed into a river. The legend of Matsesta Long ago, where the Matsesta health resort now stands, there was a spring with healing waters that could cure any ailment. The local people eagerly used these sacred waters, sacrificing their most beautiful daughters to the evil mountain spirit in exchange. One day, the people tired of this and they stopped making sacrifices, so the evil spirit hid the spring behind a huge rock. Many years later, a man and wife who lived there had a daughter named Matsesta. Everyone who saw her admired her for her beauty, and the older she grew the more beautiful she became. Then tragedy struck – Matsesta’s parents fell gravely ill. An old man told the daughter about the once-existing spring whose waters could save her parents. The girl vowed to find this water at any cost and went to the rock. When the evil spirit saw her, it concluded that the people had come to their senses and it dragged Matsesta away. Her parents and the local inhabitants ran to the rock, but it was too late. The rock split open and a stream of water gushed out, which carried Matsesta’s lifeless body away. The girl defeated the spirit but could not save herself. In gratitude, the people name the healing water after her – Matsesta! The legend of Dzhegosh A long time ago, in the days of Prometheus and Matsesta, there was a giant named Dzeghosh who lived near a tributary of the Shakhe river. The Adgys people hated him for he devoured the youngest and most beautiful women of their tribe. One day, one of the elders, wanting to save his only daughter from the giant, suggested to his fellow tribesmen that that they poison Dzeghosh with honey. The Adygs presented the giant with a barrel of the elixir as a gift. When Dzeghosh began feasting on the treat with delight, the Adygs released a swarm of wild bees. Fleeing from their fierce stings, the giant ran away, and wherever his feet hit, the earth cracked open and water appeared. Overcome by the bees, Dzegosh fell dead, and in the 33 places where his feet landed, 33 waterfalls appeared.