The capital of the XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 selected the city of Sochi.
Sochi located on the Black Sea coast of Krasnodar region, is the most popular resort in Russia. The sea and the mountains – these are two factors determining the growing affection for him among the Russians. Only in Sochi can observe a unique combination – Zone of the Alpine and Mediterranean climate, is located only 50 kilometers from each other.
The capital of the XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 selected the city of Sochi. Period of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with 7 po23 February 2014. Bid Committee “Sochi-2014” won the 119 IOC session in Guatemala, with the active participation of athletes and politicians of Russia. In Russia the second time held the Olympic Games: Competition in Moscow and 80 in the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.
A real gem can be called Sochi Krasnaya Polyana, a mountain-climatic resort, situated at the foot of the Great Caucasus mountain range, whose peaks reach the mark in the 2000 meters. With its arsenal of high mountains with snow-capped peaks and ideal conditions for sports, Krasnaya Polyana is fast becoming a world-class ski resort, which is increasingly being recognized as among the fans as well as among professional athletes.
Just an hour’s drive from Krasnaya Polyana is the pride of Sochi – 147 kilometers of stunning beaches, are not inferior to the Mediterranean. They form one of the longest coastlines in Europe and make Sochi one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. Over the past hundred years in Sochi visited millions of visitors who came to witness the scenic coast and experience the healing effects of clean air and mineral waters of Sochi.
For thousands of years of Sochi played the role of an outpost of culture, gladly accepting a variety of guests – from travelers and merchants, who traveled along the Great Silk Road, to the Russian tsars. Now in Sochi regularly a number of important cultural events of the country, including jazz festivals, international film festivals, concerts of classical music and ballet performances.
Sochi: 10 INTERESTING FACTS
Sochi – the largest resort in Russia. It stretches for 147 km along the Black Sea. Officially, “Sochi” – the name of only the central part of the resort, which also includes areas Lazarevskoe, Khost and Adler.
In Sochi, home to about 400 000 people. Sochi is part of the Krasnodar region, one of the largest in Russia with a population of 5,1 million.
Sochi is situated at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains on the Black Sea. The city is situated at latitude of Nice and Toronto.
The climate in Sochi is subtropical. Average summer temperatures 24 ˚ C in winter 5 ˚ C.
The summer residence of the President of Russia is in Sochi, so the city informally called "the summer capital of Russia.
Sochi – it is 200 000 hectares of land with forests and houses, as well as 30 000 hectares of arboreta, botanical gardens and protected nature reserves with unique flora.
The northernmost tea plantations in Europe are close to Sochi.
The mountainous part of Sochi (Krasnaya Polyana) is located only 40 km from the coast of the Black Sea. The mountains of the Caucasus mountain range around Sochi – 2000 meters. The highest mountain in Europe – Elbrus (5642 m). This array of the Caucasus mountains higher than Mount Blanc (4810 m).
Snow cover the slopes of Krasnaya Polyana has a unique quality due to local microclimate. Mountains hold moderate air masses and are a natural barrier against the sea wind, which provides the perfect snow.