About Sochi


Sochi is Russia's largest and most popular resort region. Stretching 147 km along the coast of the Black Sea, it offers the modern amenities and unique environment of a subtropical city with the towering Caucasus Mountains reaching skyward to over 7,000 feet just 30 miles away. In Sochi, you will be basking in the subtropical seaside weather and enjoying slope time in the mountains all just 45 minutes apart with the most convenient transportation system developed for any Winter Olympics. 


On the map, Sochi can be found on the same latitude with Toronto, Nice and the Gobi Desert. As its charming landscapes and scenery are so reminiscent of the Mediterranean, Sochi is often referred to as the Russian Riviera."




The climate in Sochi is subtropical and the city usually has as many as 200 sunny days a year. Temperatures average 24 ˚ C (75 F) during the day in the summer and 5 ˚ C (41 F) in the winter. You can swim in the sea from April until October and go skiing from October through May. 

As Sochi is situated between the Caucasian Mountains and the Black Sea, it enjoys the most northern subtropical climate on earth. As a result, its Krasnaya Polyana Mountains have great snow conditions and are largely protected from the wind. These unique conditions cannot be found anywhere else in Europe.



Sochi has over 200,000 hectares of forests, 4,000 of which are within Sochi Centre. Sochi encompasses several specially protected natural zones: the Caucasian National Biosphere Reserve, Sochi National Park, the Russian Federation National Wildlife Sanctuary, and over 30 botanical gardens, parks and nature sanctuaries housing over 30,000 wildlife plant species. There are no large industrial facilities in the Sochi area, so air quality, especially in Sochi's Krasnaya Polyana area, is considered among the very best in the world.


Sochi is a city with more than 400,000 inhabitants representing over 100 nationalities. Over two million tourists visit Sochi annually and with over 250 spa facilities in the area, health and leisure tourism are the city's leading sources of economy.


By the start of the Sochi 2014 Games, Sochi’s transport infrastructure will become amongst the most modern in Russia. Sochi's preparation plan for the Games calls for the construction and modernization of the airport, railways, highway interchanges and bypasses. A total of 47 transport infrastructure construction and modernization projects are to be completed and by the time the Games begin, it will be possible to travel quickly and comfortably from one side of Sochi to the other.