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Russia's summer capital

In 2007 when it won the bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi was famous as the country’s Summer Capital, attracting over 4 million visitors every season. Today? This beautiful seaside resort is a year-round destination. And there’s plenty to add to your Sochi guide, from tours to see Stalinist period Empire Style buildings and monuments, to visits to the fortress; from strolling in the local parks, to learning more about the area in one of Sochi’s museums; and so on. Being a tourist destination, Sochi loves to party, and you will find plenty of things to entertain you. International-standard cuisine completes the experience.

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33 waterfalls

33 waterfalls

Famous A UNESCO pleasure above Sochi

A UNESCO pleasure above Sochi Editors' Note

Greater Sochi is blessed with dozens and dozens of streams rivers and cascasiding waterfalls acorss its vast countryside, but none are more impressive than this collection referred to as simply, 33 waterfalls.

These may not be that high - ranging from 1.3 meters to 10 meters at the tallest, but the picture they present is incredibly scenic, enough so to have made the place world famous.

The best time to see the 33 Waterfalls is during spring, when the melting snow in the Caucasus Mountains brings more water than usual. The waterfalls are part of the Dzhegosh stream, a two kilometer tributary of the Shakhe River that flows down to the Black Sea. The 33 waterfalls are close to a small settlement named Bolshoy Kichmay, which is the starting point for treks here (it takes a couple of hours). The best way to get to Bolshoy Kichmay is by taxi, or with an organized tour.

33 waterfalls
Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, Sochi