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St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square
The scenic Krasnaya Polyana ski
resort in Sochi is the main venue
for skiing and snowboarding
events during the 2014 Games.

Famous throughout Eastern Europe as "The Russian Riviera" Sochi was finally put on the map for travelers worldwide with its debut as the venue for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

One of Russia's most southerly cities located on the Black Sea, the weather is officially sub-tropical.

While palm trees in winter are often dusted with a coat of snow (this is Russia after all) the area's normal 400,000 population swells to millions at the height of the summer - when the area is alive with both Russians and international tourists soaking up the Sochi sun.

The country's industrial might is nowhere to be seen in Sochi, so the air quality year round is as pristine as the pebbly beaches that line the coast like a Russian string of pearls.

Sochi, Russia between the mountains and the sea
Between the mountains and the sea: Sochi is a rarity in Russia -- a year-round resort.

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Along with beaches and spa resorts the exotic flora and fauna of the nearby Caucasian Biosphere Reserve remains another huge area attraction.

So what gives Sochi its world class WINTER resort reputation? As any Russian native will tell you it's the surroundings.

Nestled in between the Caucus mountains and the sea, the area's higher elevations are a scenic wonder -- and ideal for skiing and snowboarding every winter as visitors flock to Krasnaya Polyana, a major ski and mountain resort just east of Sochi and a main venue for the 2014 Games.

Year-round, the city's historic architecture, arts festivals, and lively culture all combine to make Sochi an up-and-coming player in the European tourism industry and a major world travel destination.

More about Sochi travel & tourism around the Web:

Sochi Travel Information and Travel Guide - Lonely Plant
- Get a complete picture of the history behind the city along with practical travel information, maps, photos, and tips on getting around the and seeing the sights.

41 Things to Do in Sochi, Russia - Find the real scoop from with first-hand advice on what to see and do along with hotel and restaurant reviews.

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