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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.

Stalin's Dacha 2Stefan Krasowski / CC BY 2.0

Stalin’s Villa

Stalin’s Villa

Famous The Summer retreat of Stalin

The Summer retreat of Stalin Editors' Note

Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha as they say in Russian, was constructed just a couple of years before the outbreak of World War II, in 1937. This imposing, dark green painted building enjoys an extremely well defended position, atop a small mountain range between the Agura Canyon and Matsestinskaya Valley.

Tourists can see the vast majority of the room’s at Stalin’s Villa, while some are even available to rent for those visitors with more macabre tastes. A small museum can be found in what used to be Stalin’s billiard room and private cinema, while an English speaking guide can talk to visitors about Stalin’s life in Sochi (he often visited during the summer). Feel free to stop at the café and have a drink afterwards.

Stalin’s Villa
Kurortny pr. 120, Sochi, Russia, Sochi
+7 (8622) 69 56 00