Find Fun in Sochi: Tips from a Local Guide

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While most of Russia is bracing for the long, dark winter days ahead, the citizens of Sochi simply don a light jacket and carry on. Unlike most of sub-arctic Russia, Sochi falls in a humid, sub-tropical climate; indeed, it was the warmest city ever to host the Winter Olympics! Our local guide Tanya joins us today to share her thoughts on how to enjoy yourself year-round in her city of Sochi.

Hello, everybody! I’m Tanya. I want to tell you about a magic city in Russia that attracted me with its beauty and unique climate. This is Sochi, the summer capital of Russia, as it’s unofficially called. When I moved here before the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, I fell in love with the great combination of the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountains. Just imagine here you can go surfing and snowboarding on the same day!

Now I’m glad to share my warm feelings for this region and knowledge about it trying to make visitors to Sochi even happier on their holidays. That’s why I became a guide.

When visiting Sochi, check out Olympic venues and amazing attractions hidden in the Olympic Park! You will admire modern ice arenas and the Formula 1 racing circuit. Driving fans also can feel the speed on the Formula 1 track as drivers or passengers.

If you’re looking for unforgettable emotions and lively impressions, you shouldn’t miss the first adventure park in Russia - Skypark. Brace yourself and get ready for an exciting walk on the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge of 439 m length. Not for those with a fear of heights!

The bravest travelers can even do bungee jumping from a height of 207 meters or a height of 69 meters.

Just a half an hour ride from the seacoast will take you to the alpine ski resorts in Krasnaya Polyana. Such a great contrast in just a little time! Krasnaya Polyana is the only place in the world with ski resorts located at subtropical latitude. In Sochi, all year round people can try out a whole range of different activities.

Of course, taking photos is an essential part of any tour. The best place where you can go for a great photo is the observation tower at Akhun Mountain. From here you have a panoramic view of Sochi and its striking surroundings: the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains.

Many people can agree that Russian food is delicious, especially local food in the Caucasus. Being in Sochi, you should try Khachapuri with cheese and eggs, Russian Borsch and Shish-kebab (or Shashlik) with adjika sauce. For dessert you can take pancakes or syrniki (cheese cakes) and feijoa or fig jam. They’re very yummy. Baklava with nuts and honey is also a part of local cuisine.

There are some great local restaurants where you can enjoy local food. I have some favourite restaurants in different parts of Sochi: Stariy Bazar in the center of Sochi, La Luna in Sovkhoz-Rossia near Adler, Zhili-Bili in the heart of Adler, Amshenskiy Dvor on the way to Krasnya Polyana. They all have a great choice of local dishes that are made in a real Russian style.

Nowadays Sochi is a multifunctional resort with many places to stay, eat and drink, celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. There is everything here to make your trip filled with happiness, joy and pleasant surprises. See you in Sochi!

Thanks Tanya! Travellers headed to Sochi in 2016 can get in touch with Tanya through her ToursByLocals guide page
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