The 10 Best Things to Do in Sochi, Russia

August 14, 2017 Jasper Kershner

The biggest resort town on what's called the "Russian Riviera," Sochi is preparing to step onto the world stage as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Somewhat ironically, Sochi is really quite temperate for most of the year, with its Black Sea waters warm and swimmable well into October. The Arboretum and Riviera Park are among the city’s most popular destinations. Serving as a beautiful backdrop for Sochi are the Caucasus Mountains, home to the nearby snow skiing resort of Krasnaya Polyana.
Restaurants in Sochi

1. Iceberg Skating Palace

Imeretinskaya Valley | Coastal cluster, Adler, Sochi 354375, Russia +7 862 243-30-80
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 509 reviews

Iceberg Skating Palace

Reviewed By Richard B - Chester, England, United Kingdom

Unlike the nearby Fischt Stadium, the design and construction finish standards of the Iceberg are both striking and high standard. Signage is good, information is good, access is good, access amenities is good and accessible access is to an acceptable standard. Russian engineering at its best, sadly the standard of this venue makes the Fischt Stadium look truly awful.

2. Rosa Khutor Ski Resort

Olimpiyskaya St., 35, Esto-Sadok, Sochi 354392, Russia +7 800 500-05-55
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Rosa Khutor Ski Resort

Today, Rosa Khutor is a year-round world-class mountain resort It boasts a location very close to the slopes, advanced technology, amazing ski slopes designed by the globe’s leading experts, and the highest service and safety standards. Rosa Khutor is a prestigious resort that is nonetheless open to all. It is easily accessible via various transport options and offers a wide variety of activities for guests of different ages and families with children.

Reviewed By Alena D

Me and my husband were impressed with the quality and professionalism of Serg Мезенцев. He is just incredible tour guide. I will highly recommend him to all of my friends once they are visiting Sochi in Russia. We loved all the presentations he did and will hire him for our next trip to Russia. Alena and Ken Dube. September 2017.

3. Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster

Sochi, Russia +7 800 500-05-55
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster

This popular state reserve offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the magnificent West Caucasus Mountains.

Reviewed By scouser1077 - Jensen Beach, Florida

Another on our own private tour, this time with Sochi Holidays. It is a fairly long drive from the port in Sochi to the Ski Resort but it is well worth it, plus we had a fantastic guide and also a very capable driver. Along the way the scenery is wonderful, combine this with all the renovations they did for the 2014 Winter Olympics and you have a perfect setting. To see it in all its glory, and we did before it becomes too cold and ready for the winter skiing, you must take the Gondola ride to the summit, listed at 2240mts, it affords a beautiful overview of some snow capped Mountains to the changing of the foliage for Autumn, to the villages in the Valleys below. To get to the top you will make two stops change Gondola's before reaching the Summit. It maybe a long journey but it is, perhaps, a once in a lifetime experience.

4. Ice Dome Bolshoi

Imeretinskaya Valley | Coastal cluster, Adler, Sochi 354375, Russia +7 862 243-30-52
Excellent
82%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 337 reviews

Ice Dome Bolshoi

Reviewed By Елена М - St. Petersburg, Russia

Мы приехали в Олимпийский парк Сочи на экскурсию, посмотреть снаружи олимпийские сооружения. Этот объект не вызвал никаких эмоций, ничего интересного в архитектуре не заметила. Как-то, мне кажется, совсем без фантазии его спроектировали.

5. Agura Waterfalls

River Agura, Sochi, Russia
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 271 reviews

Agura Waterfalls

Hike along the Agura ravine to find these stunning Waterfalls, the highest at 90 feet.

Reviewed By Numpty68 - Spain

We approached the Waterfalls on ex Russian millitary vehicles which I must say was fantastic even though I got absolutely drenched (worth the trip for the ride alone), anyway back to matters pressing the Waterfalls.
To me I want to see the falls in all its natural beauty no frills, gimmicks and certainly not dozens of people all posing under in the waters in various swimwear. But worst of all is the complete disregard for the area many of the trees up to and past the falls have pieces of paper, plastic bags and anything else that people can get hold of tied to them (to say "I was here"), It was a disgrace and completely spoiled the area.
Sorry but thats what I think if you to see some great Waterfalls in all their beauty come to England.

6. The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain

Akhun Mountain, Khosta, Sochi 354056, Russia +7 862 269-54-57
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 896 reviews

The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain

Reviewed By A. N

This place is located in a long way from the main road, the narrow route ends to this ancient place. by reaching to the gate, you can climb the stairs and reach to the highest part of the castle. the view is fantastic. you can view the Black Sea and banks from one side and the green forest from the other side.

7. Riviera Dolphinarium

Egorova St., 1/20, Sochi 354000, Russia +7 862 255-55-66
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 319 reviews

Riviera Dolphinarium

Reviewed By rtrock - Bad Harzburg, Germany

I really do deplore the exploitation of animals for entertainment, but that being said, and since I did pay money to watch these animals being exploited, I found this to be a very enjoyable show. As far as I could tell, the animals were well treated and well cared for, and performed wonderfully. I have seen San Diego Sea World shows, and this was definitely of that caliber. Unfortunately I don't understand enough Russian to understand all the patter, but I don't think I missed too much. I would recommend seeing it, as the shows will go on regardless of your personal views.

8. Fisht Olympic Stadium

Imeretinskaya Valley | Coastal cluster, Adler, Sochi, Russia
Excellent
72%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 494 reviews

Fisht Olympic Stadium

Reviewed By AllenBrasov - Brasov

Great atmosphere! I was there for both the opening and the closing of the Paralympic Games and they were one of the greatest shows I've seen. The stadium had rails on top, so lots of performers and items were flying by. I don't know if it's still used as a stadium, but if it is it's worth a visit.

9. "Laura" Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center

Esto-Sadok, Sochi, Russia +7 862 259-50-52
Excellent
74%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 230 reviews

"Laura" Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center

Reviewed By Tatyana U

I'm a beginner of cross-country ski. It was a first time I ski in the mountain. I found another amazing feel of highmountain air and snow. I was impressed by exellent cross-country routs, which were maintained in good condition even during a snowfall.

10. Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre

Esto-Sadok, Sochi, Russia +7 938 492-21-80
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 737 reviews

Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre

Reviewed By j889814672 - Jakarta, Indonesia

We were there on a very slow monday and while the lifts were half-full with no queues, the lodges, rental service, toilets, and ski runs were full. I can't imagine what the place would be like during a busy weekend or during peak season. There is heaps of lift capacity but the ski runs are not wide and all facilities are very limited. Still, the nicest skiing resort in Russia.

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