Cultural and educational tourism now occupies first place in the world, even ahead of beach tourism. Its essential component is an introduction to history and culture. In this regard, Sochi has something to surprise its guests.
The rich history of the Black Sea coast can be studied through preserved buildings and architectural monuments. It won’t take much time and it will leave indelible impressions to visit the Volkonsky Dolmen, the Genoese ruins in Khosta, the medieval fortress of Godlik, and the ancient towers and walls of Achipse near Krasnaya Polyana erected between the 6th and 8th centuries on one of the routes forming part of the Great Silk Road. Within Sochi itself one can see the Vereshchagin viaduct and the remains of the rampart of Navaginsky fortress. Fort Alexandria, the first Russian military settlement located in the center of present-day Sochi is now protected as a national military fortification monument.
Historical and architectural monuments of a much later period are in excellent condition and are a delight for tourists. They include the Marine passenger terminal, the Indo-European telegraph line, Voronov’s Dacha, the Sochi Lighthouse complex, the Treasury building, and Yusupov’s House. Experts count at least eight different architectural styles vividly represented within the confines of Sochi. Splendid examples of neo-romanticism include Villa Vera, the villas of Jakobson and Zinoviev, and the Krasny shturm (Red storm) Sanatorium. The still-operating Pushkin Library, Gordon’s House, and the Ranovsky Brothers’ Teremok were built in art nouveau style. Examples of constructivism include the Voroshilov Sanatorium, the former Gorny Vozdukh (Mountain air) Sanatorium, and the Institute of Balneology and Physiotherapy. The Primorskaya Hotel, one of the architectural landmarks of the resort city, was built in Soviet art deco style, the Matsestinskaya Dolina (Matsesta Valley) Sanatorium reflects modernist neo-classicism, the Commercial Gallery on Navaginsky street an early modernist-minimalism, and the Dagomys Hotel – later modernist-monumentalism.
Sochi’s special charm is enhanced by the luxurious buildings built in Stalinist empire style, such as the railway station, the Marine passenger terminal, and the Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium. One of the most famous and frequently visited historical monuments in the resort city is Stalin’s Dacha located on the grounds of the former Zelenaya Roshcha (Green Grove) Sanatorium.
Interesting monuments of religious architecture in Sochi include the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, erected in memory of the end of hostilities in the Caucasian War (1864) and the new Temple of the Miraculous Image of Christ the Savior, built in the Olympic Park on the site where the ruins of a 9th Century Byzantine church were found.
Nature lovers can visit the Sochi National Park, the famous Arboretum, the Yuzhniye Kultury (Southern Cultures) Park, the Yew-Boxwood Grove, and numerous crags, canyons, and caves.
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.
What are the traits of the summertimeSochi for most tourists? Surely, when one mentions our resort, travelers come up with memorable associations, which certainly include the azure sea water, the sweet shade of the palm trees and, of course, the wide pebble beaches. These features are truly fascinating and attract guests from all over the world.