Sochi is the largest resort city of Russia. It is located in the south of the country, in the Krasnodar Krai, at a distance of 1700 kilometers from Moscow. It is the longest city in Europe, elongated along the Black Sea coast for 145 kilometers. The Greater Sochi area is divided into four districts: Adlersky City District, Khostinsky City District, Tsentralny City District and Lazarevsky City District.
Sochi attracts tourists with its picturesque Caucasus Mountains, pebble and sandy beaches, magnificent subtropical vegetation, numerous parks and monuments. The city is visited by over 2 million people annually. A variety of cultural events is held in Sochi — film festival, music and theater festivals, as well as the world championship in billiards, international cycling race, sailing regattas.
Within an hour’s drive from the Black Sea coast, at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains there is a mountain cluster (near the village of Krasnaya Polyana), which includes the biathlon and ski complexes, bobsleigh track, a complex of ski jumping, a snowboard park, a freestyle-center, a ski center of international standard with a wide range of different difficulty ski-runs.
Thanks to the 2014 Olympic Games, Sochi received a lot of new sports facilities and buildings, powerful developed infrastructure, modern motorways and bridges, an international airport, engineering and energy networks, modern hotels, equipped landscaped coastline.
“Fisht”, the main Olympic stadium in Sochi , where the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games took place, is now under reconstruction. The Arena should be opened again in 2017 — the matches of the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup are planned to be held here.
The Bolshoy Ice Dome with a capacity of 12 thousand spectators is still used for hockey matches — the Continental Hockey League club “Sochi” holds its matches here. In addition, various cultural events and concerts are regularly organized in the Bolshoy.
The Ice Cube Multipurpose center held the world curling championship among the mixed pairs — the increasingly popular form of this sport. The Ice Cube also hosts the Russian Curling Championships.
The ski resort and an extreme-park Rosa Khutor is used for mass skiing and snowboarding after the Olympics. The ski jump “Russian hills” has become a training base for the national team of Russia in ski jumping and jumping race. The Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon center also hosts training camps for all comers.