Where in the World is Sochi?

  • Where in the world is Sochi?

    The city of Sochi, located on the Black Sea coast in the far south of Russia, was relatively unknown to the rest of the world until 2007, when it won the bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. With the games quickly approaching, we're giving you the lowdown on this latest host city.

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  • Surprising Sochi

    When you think "Russia," you probably don't imagine a sunny, seaside coast, but that's just what Sochi is. With the same latitude as Nice on the French Riviera, Sochi enjoys a surprisingly pleasant climate throughout the year.

  • Why Sochi?

    Known as the summer capital of Russia, Sochi is a popular summer resort town located on the "Russian Riviera." What makes it so unique is its mountainous landscape right on the coast of the Black Sea. With a much milder winter than the northern portions of Russia along with a well developed ski resort not too far away (Krasnaya Polyana), Sochi makes a good choice for this winter competition.

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  • Weather in Sochi

    Unlike most of Russia, Sochi lies within a subtropical zone with 300 days of sunshine annually. But thanks to significantly colder air in the mountains surrounding the city, area ski slopes enjoy a long season with plenty of snow. If you're staying in the city for the Olympics, you can expect highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid 30s during February.

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    Customs & Culture

    More than 100 ethnic groups call Sochi home, making it one of Russia's most diverse cities. Almost everyone here speaks Russian, and about 80 percent of the population are Russian Orthodox Christians, a tradition you'll see in the cathedrals scattered throughout the city.

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  • Getting There and Around

    Sochi's main point of entry is the Sochi International Airport, newly renovated for the upcoming Olympics. Several daily flights per day go to and from St. Petersburg and Moscow, and international connections include Vienna, Istanbul, Frankfurt and Oslo. A new railroad will connect the airport with the city center, with buses and commuter trains to help get you around town.

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  • Winter Attractions

    As a host of the winter Olympics, it's not surprising that Sochi offers several winter attractions and activities. First and foremost is skiing. Sochi is home to a more well-established resort in Krasnaya Polyana and two new French-designed resorts – all with excellent snowfall in the winter months.

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  • "Bolshoy" Ice Dome

    One of the most impressive new facilities for the 2014 Olympics is the Bolshoy Ice Dome. With a 12,000-seat capacity, the stadium will host all the hockey events of the games. The silver dome-shaped stadium is meant to resemble a frozen drop of water. If you come after the games have ended, the facility will be used as a multipurpose concert and entertainment venue. Read more about 10 great places to watch a hockey game.

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  • Endurance Village

    The Olympics wouldn't be complete without an Olympic Village, and in Sochi, the highest altitude village will house the cross-country and biathlon athletes. Appropriately named Endurance Village sits at an altitude of 4,757 feet. Should a bout of warm weather strike, Sochi event planners are ready with more than 400 snow-making machines. Prefer to snowboard? Check out these 10 great destinations.

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  • "Iceberg" Skate Palace

    The fan-favorite figure skating events of the Winter Olympics will take place within the "Iceberg" Skate Palace. This beautiful 12,000-seat arena will also play host to the short-track speed skaters. The entire complex was designed so that it can be dismantled and moved to another Russian city after the final medal is awarded.

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  • Summer Attractions

    Sochi was developed as a summer seaside resort, so if you can't make it to the Olympics, you can plan a visit during the summer months instead. Some of the activities on offer include hiking, kite surfing and boating just off the coast. The warm season is also a great time to tour some of Sochi's attractions, like the Park of Southern Cultures botanical garden or the Singing Fountains.

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