WHAT TO SEE
01_ Visit the Botanical Park with its upwards of 1,500 species of trees. Take the cable car to the top and stroll amidst the plants.
02_ The Art Museum smack-dab in the center of the city is worth a visit even if you just go to see the building, which is a work of art in its own right.
THINGS TO DO
01_ Riviera Park, where you can take part in a range of activities from street fairs to pony rides, is a fun alternative, especially for families with children.
02_ If you’re keen on winter sports, be sure to stop at Krasnaya Polyana, which means red highland. Only 70 kilometers from Sochi, this highland is surrounded by mountains up to 2,375 meters in altitude.
Solyanka is a hot, spicy soup high in nutritional value. Try it and the cheese-filled breads called Khachapuri.
Spread over 145 square kilometers on Russia’s Black Sea coast, Sochi is gearing up to host the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are available at the Central Market, and you can find everything from maps to DVD’s at Knigo Mir.
Winters are mild and summers hot in Sochi, which has a humid, subtropical climate.
WHERE IN THE WORLD
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Sochi-Istanbul flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.