THE MEETING POINT OF SEA AND MOUNTAINS
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.
THE RUSSIAN RIVIERA
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.
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.