What to see in Sochi and where to go – my TOP 15
Sochi is called not only the city itself, but also the entire area, including neighboring settlements, starting almost from Tuapse and up to Abkhazia. Greater Sochi stretches for 146 km along the coast. Therefore, when they say that this or that attraction is located in Sochi, it is necessary to specify where exactly.
In my post, however, we will talk mostly about those places that are located either in the city of Sochi, or not far from it. Sochi is the largest resort town on the coast, so to look here, really, there is something to see. Yes, and go somewhere not a problem, cultural life is also present. It is not for nothing that some people move to this city for permanent residence, and I myself periodically think about it.
Unusual excursions in Sochi
For those who value their time and want to fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere and history of the place, I would recommend to take advantage of the author’s tours (group and individual). There are both standard and very unusual. Most with reviews, it will be easier to choose.
Look below at the prices for such tours, you are sure to find something suitable – Sochi, Abkhazia, Krasnaya Polyana, etc.
What to see in the city of Sochi.
In addition to attractions, I also went around the restaurants and cafes, and then wrote a post – Where to eat in Sochi. Of course, I couldn’t list everything there, but I mentioned the most important places. You can add your reviews about your visits, because they will be useful to anyone who will go to Sochi.
Also, if you can’t get enough of Top 15, then check out my Top 35 Sightseeing Attractions, where you can find a wider selection.
Here’s another selection of inexpensive hotels, with good ratings and reviews, just in case. You will come not for a day, but for a couple of weeks, and will need somewhere to stay.
Atmospheric and somewhat unusual museum. You can go inside the building with a group and listen to the tour. The narration is very interesting and helps you look at the place in a special way. There are few historical exhibits in the building, but the building itself and the surrounding scenery is impressive. Stalin’s dacha is located on the territory of the sanatorium Green Grove. The park offers a wonderful view of the surrounding area. Read more about Stalin’s Dacha – Read more about Stalin’s Dacha.
Ticket price: under 14 years old – 200 rubles, from 14 years old – 350 rubles. Individual tour – 1000 rubles.
Sochi Arboretum is one of the main attractions of the city. The beginning of the park was laid in 1889, when the publisher of “St. Petersburg Gazette,” S. N. Khudekov bought a piece of land in Sochi, on the slope of Mount Bald. Later his villa “Nadezhda”, named after his wife, was also built there and a park with exotic plants was laid.
In 1922 the park was nationalized. Nowadays the territory of modern Sochi Arboretum is divided in two by Kurortny avenue, under which you can walk from one part to another. There, at the entrance to the Arboretum from the avenue, begins a cable car to the highest point of the park.
Walking through the Arboretum, you can see a Japanese garden, ponds with ducks and geese, aviaries with ostriches and peacocks, pavilions, statues and festively decorated stairs. There are many species of subtropical plants, pines, eucalyptus, cypresses.
The arboretum is maintained in excellent condition, the central part looks like a regular palace park with neatly trimmed plants and wide well-kept stairs. Read more about Sochi Arboretum.
Ticket price: The entrance to the park is 320 rubles, the cableway is 500 rubles one way. For children from 7 to 14 years old – 150 rubles.
Aquarium of Adler
The largest oceanarium in southern Russia, Sochi Discovery World, is located in the resort town (Adler). The aquarium was opened in late 2009. It has 29 rooms, a transparent tunnel under water, where you can walk, sea pool, where you can make a scuba dive, a professional photo studio.
Every day in the oceanarium (above the transparent tunnel for better visibility for visitors) shows are held: feeding sharks and “Underwater Fairy Tale” – with mermaids who swim above the tunnel and pose for photos for visitors. Aquariums are divided into several thematic zones. For example, a rainforest, ocean dwellers, etc.
In the oceanarium you can see not only different breeds of fish, but also turtles, sharks, morays. There are small open ponds where you can feed the koi carps, the food is sold in vending machines nearby. More about the oceanarium – Oceanarium in Adler – to surprise, delight and amazement.
Ticket price: 950 rubles, children from 4 to 11 years – 550 rubles.
The Olympic Park is a new attraction of Sochi and one of the main venues of the Winter Olympic Games 2014. It is located on the seashore, in the Lower Imereti Lowlands. In the park are located sports arenas, where competitions in skating, figure skating, curling, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games were held.
Now the Olympic Park is a huge area with bicycle paths, on which you can ride a bicycle or rent a golf cart. There is a big singing fountain (the show starts at 19:30 and lasts an hour), a beautiful promenade with a beach, the territory of Sochi Park with rides and, of course, the Olympic facilities: the Iceberg Winter Sports Palace, the Fisht Olympic Stadium, hotels, and a Formula 1 track.
Admission is free.
An amusement park, in the spirit of Disneyland or Spanish Aventura Park, is located next to the Olympic Park. There are fourteen large rides at Sochi Park, including rather extreme slides like Quantum Leap and more children’s merry-go-rounds, playgrounds and small swings. There is entertainment for both adults and children.
The park has tried to create a fairy-tale atmosphere: the rides are called Zmey Gorynych, the Firebird, a magic tree, picturesque ponds, sculptures and puppets of fairy-tale characters. Bogatyr hotel complex towers over the park. In addition to all kinds of entertainment in the park there is a dolphinarium, experimentarium, themed shows, such as “Alice in Wonderland”.
The park is beautifully illuminated in the evenings, there are cafes and restaurants. Learn more about Sochi-Park.
Ticket price: adult – 1900 rubles, children – 1700 rubles.
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Southern Cultures Park
Dendrological Park Southern Cultures is located near the Olympic Park in Adler, on the left bank of the river Mzymta. Now the park is being restored, as lately it has been a bit neglected. The park has excellent air, atmosphere, little 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 an elevated part of the territory, a system of ponds separated from the regular French park. Now in the park you can see bamboos, eucalyptus, rare species of pine, ducks and swans on the ponds. A quiet, secluded and tranquil place where you can walk in the shade in the summer, hiding from the hot sun. Learn more about Southern Cultures.
Ticket price: up to 14 years – 150 rubles, from 14 years – 300 rubles.
Abandoned sanatorium Ordzhonikidze
One of the unofficial attractions of the city, where they do not bring tourists by bus and do not offer to buy a private tour. In fact – it is not an abandonment in the full sense of the word, but closed for an indefinite period sanatorium, under guard and with a fence.
I have a separate post with the history of this amazingly beautiful place, which used to be the people’s health resort, where ordinary working people, and now it is empty and is destroyed because of non-compliance with the standards of seismic resistance and the neighboring illiterate carried out construction. More about the sanatorium.
A great walk from the railway station to the Marine Station, or just a stroll in the city center along the alley, densely overgrown with tropical plants. The place is amazingly beautiful and photogenic, with rows of restaurants, stores, benches and various sculptures.
It is a very popular place, which looks equally good during the day and in the evening with lighting. The only drawback is the problem with parking in the center, but you can still find paid parking nearby. Read more about Navaginskaya Street – Read more about Navaginskaya Street.
Doesn’t look like a boulevard in its classic sense, but this pedestrian area deserves a separate visit that will probably grow into an addiction. The path begins at the Seaport and runs along the upper edge of the Greater Sochi shore.
It is not as crowded as the central promenade below, it offers gorgeous views of the bay and the port, there are plenty of benches and beautiful secluded spots. The boulevard covers about 30 historic and culturally significant places and buildings, and ends near the Winter Theater. More details and pictures of the boulevard – Read more about the boulevard.
Ticket price: free of charge. The territory has no fences.
What to see on the outskirts of Sochi
Near the city of Sochi, literally half an hour away by car, there is a cascade of four waterfalls on the river Zmeika. The most beautiful are considered the upper and lower waterfalls. To see the whole cascade, you need to start on a hiking trail, which begins near the cafe “Snake”, and the entrance is paid.
The whole way will take about 2-2.5 hours. The upper waterfall is suitable for swimming, so in the hot season bring swimwear. More details and photos about Zmeykovskie waterfalls are available here – Learn more about Zmeykovskie waterfalls.
Ticket price: 150 rubles per person.
Agur Waterfalls and Mount Akhun
Akhun Mountain is not high, but there is a tower with the same name on it. For a modest fee you can climb to the top of the tower, where the observation deck and a view of Sochi and Adler. Quite beautiful. In my opinion, this is the easiest viewing platform in Sochi in terms of accessibility. Read more about waterfalls.
In the summer season, especially on weekends, there are a lot of people on this route, people are invited from everywhere to taste kebab, it is noisy around and you can easily stand in line just to take a photo with a waterfall. The waterfalls look the best in the off-season, in spring or late fall, when they are at their fullest and there are no large crowds of tourists. But in summer in the heat in the lakes below the waterfalls you can swim, it’s refreshing. More information about Akhun Mountain.
Ticket price: entrance to the tower is 300 rubles.
Yew-Box Grove and Devil’s Gate Canyon on the Khosta River
Yew-Box Grove is an eco-trail approximately 5 kilometers long (the so-called large circle, and there is also a small one). It is a hiking trail through extremely beautiful places with relict species of trees and plants, which have survived here since preglacial times. Devil’s Gate Canyon on the Khosta River is a natural pool with stone grottoes, vines and boxwood trees hanging from the top.
In order to walk along the trail and the canyon, you need to prepare a little: a supply of water, food, comfortable sport closed shoes. If you arrive early, before the crowds of tourists and go on a large circle, you can get almost into a fairy tale: moss-covered trees, ruins of the fortress, cave, rocks, lizards and murmuring water in the river. The small circle is asphalt paths and benches, and you can walk it in just an hour.
The canyon area has equipped rest areas, a bathhouse on the river bank, tables and barbecues. More about Yew-Samshit Grove.
Ticket price: 300 rubles. Children under 7 years old free of charge, from 7 to 12 years – 150 rubles.
Skypark is one of the most exciting places in Sochi and a tourist attraction, which will appeal to fans of adrenaline. It is located on the way from Adler to Krasnaya Polyana, in the Mzymta river valley. The park includes a high suspension bridge over the river Mzymta, whose length is more than 400 meters. This is the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Also in the park there is a bungee lift, one of them more than 200 meters high – the highest in Europe. The highest swing has a span of 170 meters, and the fastest trolley can reach speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. The complex also includes the Mowgli rope park and the Via Ferrata climbing route. In general, Skypark is good for everything, but the prices are a little exorbitant, almost like scenery.
Ticket price: adults from 1700 rubles, children (under 12 years, on presentation of a document) – 800 rubles. Includes only the observation decks and the bridge, all other attractions are paid separately
The Orekhovsky waterfall is located in the village of Plastunka, approximately 14 kilometers from the center of Sochi. This two-cascade waterfall is 27 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the vicinity of Sochi. You can reach the waterfall along the Sochi River.
From the final stop of the bus, the road will take only half an hour. The path is not difficult, passing through a very beautiful forest with oaks and chestnuts. On the way there are two springs, where you can get mineral water. The descent to the waterfall is equipped with stairs with railings and there is a cafe nearby. More information about the waterfall – Read more about Orekhovsky waterfall.
Ticket cost: free of charge.
The cave is located in the Dzykhrinsky Gorge, above the right bank of the Mzymta River, near the village of Kazachy Brod. This is a fairly large cavity in the mountain, going down 150 meters deep, forming a corridor and large halls up to ten meters high. The cave is interesting because people have lived there since ancient times. The thickness of the cultural layer in the cave reaches five meters.
The bones of cave bears and primitive tools were found here. Now it is “a monument of primitive archaeology and history. Entrance to the cave is one hundred and twenty meters above the river Mzymta, you can climb to it by an equipped trail. At the entrance there are stairs with handrails, and there is lighting inside the cave. From the entrance, there is a view of the picturesque White Cliffs Canyon from the outside. More about the cave – Read more about Akhshtyrskaya cave.
What to see in Sochi
The city of Sochi has long been rightly recognized as a true gem of tourism. There are so many curious places, natural objects and sights that travelers sometimes just find it difficult to choose the most appropriate places. Today we will find out what to see in Sochi, what sights are worth paying attention to in the first place.
Those who want to go on excursions to individual places, on more attractive for them routes. Of course, there will be tourists who wish to travel “savage”. It will be useful for them to know what to see on their own in Sochi, how to get to specific sites. Let’s find out the best options.
Sightseeing in Sochi
Thinking what to visit in Sochi in the first place? Then you should study this section in more detail.
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Akhshtyrsky Gorge looks beautiful on its own. At the same time it also has a modern amusement park. One can state confidently that here you can combine a vacation in the wilderness with all the charms of civilized entertainment. Here you can see a unique pedestrian bridge. This suspension structure is recognized as the longest in the world and is located directly over the gorge. Walking across the bridge, a length of 439 meters, suspended at a height of 207 meters, will be remembered for a lifetime.
Galaxy, get closer to the social and cultural center of Sochi
If you are thinking about what to see in Sochi in 2 days, it is worth putting the center “Galaxy” on your list of attractions. It is located in a very attractive place, where it is surrounded by spectacular scenery. There is a water park with modern infrastructure. There is also a hammam, a Finnish sauna. For children there is an innovative developmental club, which operates in interactive mode.
Active recreation lovers will have a great time at the ice arena. Billiard club and big bowling also attract many guests. You can also watch a movie: there are three modern cinemas with the latest equipment.
Often tourists wonder what interesting things to see in Sochi in autumn. Of course, in autumn, especially spectacular look natural scenery. They can be enjoyed to the full in the nature reserve, which was named after Kh.G.Shaposhnikov. The territory of the reserve is recognized as the largest in the whole North Caucasus. And here you can see 25 species of rare animals, which are already included in the Red Book of our country.
A special attraction for lovers of outdoor activities and sports also deserves special attention. This rope amusement park is very popular. It is a great place to train coordination and balance, develop the will to win and concentration. Anyone, even without special physical fitness, will be able to relax and train here.
Excellent solution is to go to Sochi Park. From there, you will also be able to easily get to the Olympic Park, as they are quite close. Sochi Park is one of the best domestic amusement parks, which is focused on a rich family vacation. It is commonly perceived as an analogue of the famous Disneyland. Here one enjoys world-class shows and experiences the best modern attractions. A magical atmosphere with whimsical landscapes and exquisite design is created.
A special pride of place is an attraction that creates the illusion of freefall. This is the so-called “Firebird” with a catapult effect, which is the highest in Europe – it reached 65 meters. Zmey Gorynych (Serpent Gorynych) roller coaster was the fastest and the highest among Russian rides. The length of the mountain is 1056 meters. Overall there are 15 rides in the park: there are options for extreme, family and children’s recreation.
The most daring travelers choose a gravity slide. The famous “Quantum Leap” is famous all over the world because this gravity ride is the only one in Europe. The speed here is up to 105 kilometers per hour.
To get into the park, you need to buy a single admission ticket. And then you can spend the whole day here, visiting any attractions and shows, as well as dolphinarium, museum and puppet theater.
Sochi is often visited by travelers who are particularly appreciative of natural beauty. And for them, of course, you must visit the Sochi Arboretum. He is located in the Khostinsky district. The park consists of two parts: Lower and Upper. The total area of the territory is 49 hectares. And here one can see a unique collection of rare plants, exotic varieties – more than two thousand! All this was collected from different parts of the world. The collection is really unique.
Also here you can visit the famous Park of Southern Cultures. Its area exceeds 11 hectares, and it is located in the Adler district, near the Olympic Park. In the west, tourists enjoy the beauty and coolness in the shady eucalyptus grove. In the eastern zone, walk through the alleys of the French-style park, admire the ponds.
Hugely popular dolphinariums. There at the performances the main actors and actors are the beautiful inhabitants of the Black Sea. Not only dolphins take part in performances, but also seals and lions. Dolphinarium is located in the Riviera Park at Egorov Street, 1.
This is where you can still see animals and sea creatures.
- Oceanarium in Riviera Park. This oceanarium is small, but it has a good collection of corals and fish, which will be of interest to professionals and inquisitive tourists.
- Sochi Discovery World Aquarium. The largest oceanarium. He is located at Lenina street 219a/4, in the resort town of Adler district. It has a tunnel.
- Zoo “White Kangaroo”. To get here, you need to go to the territory of the sanatorium “Oktyabrsky”. The zoo is small, but it has very rare animals. For example, many people come here to look at the liger – a hybrid of a lion and a tiger.
- Matsestinskiy Aquarium. Connoisseurs of the underwater world should go here, on Cheltenham Alley, 4. Here you can see the feeding, admire the circus show. The aquarium features marine mammals, amphibians, reptiles with fish.
In the dolphinarium visitors have an excellent opportunity to swim in the pool with dolphins. Only for this you need to apply in advance.
And now let’s find out the interesting places in Sochi, which are worth seeing. Here are the most popular.
- Arts Square. It is located near the Kurortny Avenue. This is a museum directly in the open air. There are sculptures, fountains, and beautiful exotic plants.
- Kurortny Prospekt. Here it is worth a walk for sure. Prospect is famous since Soviet times. Here are concentrated health resorts, historical buildings.
- Quay of Sochi. It stretches for 2 kilometers, from Pushkin Prospekt to the sea port. The place has become popular also thanks to “The Diamond Arm”. The movie was filmed here, which is celebrated by placing monuments to Semen Semenych and his family, Lelik and Geshe Kazadoev.
- Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya Polyana. It is a nice place to go at any time of the year. Tourists are attracted by the original architectural structures, a variety of landscapes. Therefore, these places are chosen when there is a question of what to see in Sochi in October, what to visit in 3 days. It is also very interesting to travel by cable car: you can rise above sea level to 2320 meters.
- Olympic Park. A huge cluster is spread out in the Imereti lowlands, where a large number of Olympic facilities are concentrated, where the national Olympics in the new millennium took place. Here you can see the famous Fisht stadium and ice palaces Iceberg, Shaiba and Bolshoi. Ice Cube, a curling center, is also available here. Another fountain that deserves special attention is the light and music fountain, which used to be the Olympic Flame bowl. It is located in the center of the main square for ceremonies.
- Vereshchagin viaduct. This road bridge, which is located on Kurortny Prospekt. It has a height of 27 meters, a length of 220 meters.
If tourists still have doubts about where to go, do not know what to see in Sochi, excursions will help. This is the best way to get acquainted with the best sights of the seaside city. People most often order individual programs, so that without too much haste to see all the most interesting things.
A selection of the most popular sightseeing programs include:
- a trip to the natural sites;
- tour of the Red Glade;
- trip to the Olympic Park;
- a trip to the beautiful places and attractions of Sochi.
Another good solution is to go directly from Sochi to Abkhazia, to enjoy the beauty of this southern country with picturesque landscapes.
Self-guided sightseeing in Sochi, how to see a lot of interesting things in just two days
A great option is to go on an independent trip around the city. Remarkably, the usual public transport will also be well suited for this purpose. Its network in Sochi is well developed, and tourists do not have to spend a lot of money on travel. There are a lot of buses on different routes. A great solution is to take a modern comfortable “Lastochka”. On it people go to Tuapse, as well as to the famous Krasnaya Polyana and the Olympic Village. All coastal settlements are perfectly connected by a transport network.
Some tourists prefer to travel all the same by car, so as not to depend on the routes, the geographical location of stops. It is possible to rent a car. However, in this case, it is desirable to book a car in advance, because the demand for cars is quite large.
Another solution is to travel by cab. Local services are distributed by districts. They work qualitatively and are well controlled.
Sochi in autumn days
Wondering what must see in Sochi in October, what to visit in 3 days? Then you can determine for yourself 3-5 main attractions from the list and visit them yourself one by one. You can also order and special excursion tour, just for three days in the fall.
In Sochi in the fall you can fully enjoy the beauty of nature, picturesque landscapes. In this case Sochi has a mild, warm climate, so even in early October it is quite possible to swim in the sea. Water resembles steamed milk, and the weather at this time has already lost its harsh features, there is no severe heat in October. So this month is suitable for recreation in Sochi, both passive, calm and active.
Choose the best options, book tours and see the interesting places, attractions of Sochi on your own or with a guide.