What to see in Sochi and where to go - my TOP 15

Sochi is called not only the city itself, but the wholethe area includes neighboring villages, starting almost from Tuapse and up to Abkhazia. Greater Sochi stretched for 146 km along the coast. Therefore, when they say that this or that landmark is located in Sochi, you need to specify exactly where.

In my post will be discussed for the most part aboutthose places which are located, either in the city of Sochi, or near to it. Sochi is the largest resort city on the coast, so there really is something to see here. Yes, and go somewhere not a problem, cultural life is also present. No wonder some people move to this city for permanent residence, and I myself also occasionally think about it.

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Unusual excursions in Sochi

For those who want to save preparation timefor the trip and to dive more fully into the atmosphere of the place, I would recommend using author's excursions. Look below the prices for such excursions, something will definitely suit you - Sochi, Abkhazia, Krasnaya Polyana, etc.

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In my opinion, individual tours are muchmore interesting organized tours with their large number of people and a hackneyed program. Especially with a private guide you can always agree on a convenient time and day for you, as well as adjust the program.

What to see in the city of Sochi

In addition to attractions, I also went around restaurants and cafes, after which I wrote a post - Where to eat in Sochi. There, of course, did not fit everything, but I mentioned the most important places. You can add your feedback about the visit, because they will be useful to everyone who will go to Sochi.

Also, if you have a little TOP 15, then look at my TOP 35 attractionsthere is more choice.

Here you are just in case selection of cheap hotels, with a good rating and reviews. You will not come for a day, but for a couple of weeks, and you will need to stop somewhere.

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Stalin's dacha

Atmospheric and slightly unusual museum. Inside the building you can go with a group, listen to the tour. The story is very interesting, it helps in a special way to look at this place. The historical exhibits in the building are few, but the building itself and the surrounding landscapes are impressive. Stalin's dacha is located on the territory of the Green Grove sanatorium. From the park offers a wonderful view of the surrounding area. More about Stalin's cottage - Read more about Stalin Dacha.

Ticket price: 300 rubles.

Stalin's Cottage in Sochi

Stalin's Cottage in Sochi

Sochi Arboretum

Sochi Arboretum - one of the mainattractions of the city. The beginning of the park was laid in 1889, when the publisher of Peterburgskaya Gazeta, S. N. Khudekov bought a piece of land in Sochi, on the slope of Lysaya Gora. Later there was built his villa "Hope", named after his wife and laid a park with exotic plants.

In 1922 the park was nationalized. Now the territory of the modern Sochi Arboretum is divided in two by the Resort Avenue, under which you can go from one part to another. In the same place, at the entrance to the Arboretum from the avenue, the cable car to the highest point of the park begins.

Walking through the Arboretum, you can see the Japanese garden,ponds with ducks and geese, enclosures with ostriches and peacocks, gazebos, pavilions, statues and solemnly decorated stairs. Many species of subtropical plants, pines, eucalyptus, cypresses are planted here.

The arboretum is kept in excellent condition, the central part looks like a regular palace park with neatly trimmed plants and wide well-kept staircases. Read more about Sochi Arboretum.

Ticket price: entrance to the park - 250 rubles, cable car - 200 rubles, entrance and cable car - 450 rubles. Children from 7 to 14 years 120100220, respectively.

Arboretum and cable car

Arboretum and cable car

Adler Aquarium

Russia's largest aquarium, Sochi DiscoveryWorld, located in the resort town (Adler). The aquarium was opened at the end of 2009. It has 29 rooms, a transparent under-water tunnel through which you can walk, a sea pool where you can make scuba diving, a professional photo studio.

Daily in the aquarium (above the transparent tunnel,so that visitors can be better seen) shows are held: feeding sharks and “Underwater Fairy Tale” - with the participation of mermaids who swim above the tunnel and pose for visitors for a photo. Aquariums are divided into several thematic areas. For example, rainforest, ocean inhabitants, etc.

In the aquarium can be seen not only differentbreeds of fish, but also turtles, sharks, moray eels. There are small open ponds where you can feed carp-koi, food is sold in vending machines nearby. More about the aquarium - Adler Aquarium - surprisingly, delight and shock.

Ticket price: 800 rubles, children from 4 to 11 years old - 500 rubles, photo and video - 100 rubles.

Adler Aquarium

Adler Aquarium

Olympic Park

Olympic Park is a new attractionSochi and one of the main sites of the 2014 Winter Olympics. It is located on the seashore, in the area of ​​Nizhneimeretinsky bay. There are sports arenas in the park, where speed skating, figure skating, curling, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games were held.

Now the Olympic Park is a huge territory withbike paths, where you can ride a bike or a rented golf car. There is a big singing fountain (the light and music show starts at 19:30 and lasts about an hour), a beautiful promenade with a beach, the territory of Sochi-park with attractions and, of course, Olympic objects: the Winter Palace Iceberg, the Olympic stadium Fisht, hotels, and Formula 1 track.

Now the park is preparing for the football championship, the stadiums are being reequipped. But some objects work, you can go inside. More about the Olympic Park.

Ticket price: adult - 700 rubles, children - 350. Children under 5 years old - for free.

Singing Fountain in the Olympic Park

Singing Fountain in the Olympic Park

Sochi Park

Amusement park, in the spirit of Disneyland orSpanish park Aventura, located next to the Olympic Park. On the territory of Sochi-Park there are fourteen major attractions, including quite extreme slides such as the Quantum Leap and more children's carousels, playgrounds and small swings. There is entertainment for both adults and children.

The park tried to create a fabulous setting: attractions are called Snake Gorynych, Firebird, magic tree, scenic ponds, sculptures and life-size puppets of fairy-tale characters. Above the park stands the hotel complex Bogatyr. In addition to all sorts of entertainment in the park there is a dolphinarium, experimentation, thematic shows are held, for example, “Alice in Wonderland”.

In the evenings, the park is beautifully lit, there are cafes and restaurants. Read more about Sochi-Park.

Ticket price: 1650 rubles.

Amusement Park Sochi Park

Amusement Park Sochi Park

Park Southern Cultures

Dendrology Park Southern Culture is locatednear the Olympic Park in Adler, on the left bank of the Mzymta River. Now the park is being restored, because recently been a bit abandoned. The park has a wonderful air, atmosphere, few people, unity with nature. Ponds with swans and ducks. The park was founded at the beginning of the last century, about a hundred years ago.

It was a large landscape park on a high groundpart of the territory, a system of ponds separated from the regular French park. Now in the park you can see bamboo, eucalyptus trees, rare species of pine, ducks and swans in ponds. Quiet, secluded and quiet place where in summer you can walk in the shade, hiding from the hot sun. Read more about Southern Cultures.

Ticket price: 120 rubles, children 60 rubles (7-14 years). After 18 hours free.

Park Southern Cultures

Park Southern Cultures

Abandoned Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium

One of the unofficial sightscities where tourists are not brought by buses and do not offer to buy a private tour. In fact, this is not a zabroshka in the full sense of the word, but a sanatorium that is closed for an indefinite period, under protection and with a fence.

I have a separate post with a history of this.surprisingly beautiful place, which used to be a people's health resort, where ordinary workers improved their health, and now it is empty and collapses due to incompatibility with the standards of seismic resistance and neighboring illiterate construction projects. Read more about the sanatorium.

Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi

Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium in Sochi

Navaginskaya street

Excellent walking distance from the railway station toMaritime Station, well, or just a walk in the city center along the avenue, thickly overgrown with tropical plants. A place of amazing beauty and photogenicity, with rows of restaurants, shops, benches and various sculptures.

A very popular place that is equally good.Looks both in the afternoon, and in the evening with illumination. The only drawback is the problem with parking in the center, but still you can find paid parkings nearby. Read more about Navaginskaya Street - Read more about Navaginskaya street.

Navaginskaya street in Sochi

Navaginskaya street in Sochi

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Historic Boulevard

Does not look like a boulevard in its classical sense,but this pedestrian zone deserves a separate visit, which may turn into a dependency. The path starts at the Seaport and passes along the upper edge of the coast of Big Sochi.

There is no such crowding here as on the centralthe embankment below, from here gorgeous views of the bay and the port, there are lots of benches and beautiful secluded places. The boulevard covers about 30 historical and culturally significant places and buildings, and ends near the Winter Theater. More details and pictures about the boulevard - More about the boulevard.

Ticket price: free of charge. The territory has no fences.

Historical Boulevard in Sochi

Historical Boulevard in Sochi

What to look around Sochi

Zmeykovsky waterfalls

Near the city of Sochi, literally half an hour driveby car there is a cascade of four waterfalls on the Snake River. The most beautiful are the upper and lower waterfalls. To see the whole cascade, you need to start on a pedestrian path that starts near the cafe "Snake", and the entrance is paid.

The whole journey will take about 2-2.5 hours. The upper waterfall is suitable for swimming, so take a swimsuit with you in the hot season. More details and pictures about Zmeykovsky waterfalls, see here - Read more about Zmeikovskiy waterfalls.

Ticket price: 100 rubles per person.

Zmeykovsky waterfall in Sochi

Zmeykovsky waterfall in Sochi

Agur waterfalls and Mount Akhun

Mount Akhun is low, but on it is built a tower withthe same name. For a moderate fee, you can climb to the very top of this tower, where the observation deck is located, and where you can enjoy views of Sochi and Adler. Pretty pretty. In my opinion, this is the easiest viewing platform in terms of accessibility in Sochi. On the way up you will come across Agur waterfalls.

In the summer season, especially on weekends, thisThere are a lot of people on the route, from everywhere they invite me to taste barbecue, it's noisy around and you can easily stand in line just to take a photo with a waterfall. The waterfalls look best in the off-season, in spring or late autumn, when they are the most full-flowing and there are no large crowds of tourists. But in the summer in the heat in the lakes under the waterfalls, you can swim, refreshing.

Ticket price: for the entrance to the Sochi National Park - 100 rubles. Entrance to the tower - 100 rubles.

View from Ahun Tower

View from Ahun Tower

Tysosamshitovaya grove and canyon Devil's Gate on the river Khosta

Yew-boxwood grove is an eco-path with a length ofabout 5 kilometers (the so-called big circle, and there is also a small one). The pedestrian route passes through extraordinarily beautiful places with relict species of trees and plants, which have been preserved here since preglacial times. Canyon "Devil's Gate" on the Khosta River - a natural pool with stone grottos, hanging from above with vines and boxwood trees.

In order to go along the trail and canyon, you needprepare a little: the supply of water, food, comfortable sports shoes closed. If you arrive early, before the crowds of tourists and go in a large circle, you can get almost into a fairy tale: moss-covered trees, ruins of a fortress, a cave, rocks, lizards and the murmur of water in the river. A small circle is asphalt tracks and benches, it can be completed in just an hour.

On the territory of the canyon there are equipped places for recreation, a sauna on the river bank, tables and barbecues. More about Tiso-Boxwood Grove.

Ticket price: 300 rubles. Children under 7 years old are free, from 7 to 12 years old - 150 rubles.

Yew-tree grove

Yew-tree grove


Skypark is one of the most exciting places inSochi district and tourist attraction, which will appeal to lovers of adrenaline. It is located on the way from Adler to Krasnaya Polyana, in the valley of the Mzymta river. The park includes a high-rise suspension bridge over the Mzymta River, which is more than 400 meters long. It is the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Also in the park there is a bungee, one of them is tallmore than 200 meters - the highest in Europe. The highest swings have a span of 170 meters, and the fastest troll speeds up to 150 km / h. The complex also includes the Mowgli rope park, the Via Ferrata climbing route. In general, Skype is all good, but the prices are a bit transcendental, almost like landscapes.

Ticket price: adult from 1250 rubles, children (up to 12 years, upon presentation of the document) - 600 rubles. Includes only viewing platforms and the bridge, all other attractions are paid separately.

Skypark and skybridge

Skypark and skybridge

Orekhovsky waterfall

Orekhovsky waterfall is located in the village of Plastunka,about 14 kilometers from the center of Sochi. This two-stage waterfall is 27 meters high, one of the most impressive in the vicinity of Sochi. You can get to the waterfall along the river Sochi.

From the bus terminus, the road will takejust half an hour of time. The path is easy, passes through a very beautiful forest with oaks and chestnuts. On the way there are two sources where you can get mineral water. The descent to the waterfall is equipped with a staircase with railings, there is a cafe nearby. More about the waterfall - More about Orekhovsky Falls.

Ticket price: free of charge.

Orekhovsky waterfall in Sochi

Orekhovsky waterfall in Sochi

Ahshtyr Cave

The cave is located in the Dzykhry gorge, above the rightBank of the river Mzymta, near the village of Cossack Brod. This is a rather large cavity in the mountain, extending 150 meters into the depth, forming a corridor and large halls up to ten meters high. The cave is interesting because people lived in it from the most ancient times. The thickness of the cultural layer in the cave reaches five meters.

Bones of cave bears are found here.primitive tools. Now it is "a monument of primitive archeology and history." The entrance to the cave is located one hundred and twenty meters above the Mzymta River, you can climb to it by the equipped path. At the entrance there are stairs with railings, lighting is inside the cave. From the entrance to the outside overlooking the picturesque canyon White Rocks. More about the cave - More about Akhshtyr cave.

Ticket price: adult - 200 rubles, children - 100.

Akhshtyrskaya cave in Sochi

Akhshtyrskaya cave in Sochi

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