Sprawled along the shores of the Black Sea near the Caucasus Mountains, Sochi City is located within the southernmost regions of Russia. Attracting more than 4 million visitors every year, Sochi City has now won the bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic and Para-Olympic Games. Often referred as the ‘Summer Capital’ of Russia, Sochi City is the biggest and the busiest sea-side resort in the country. Featuring an amazing amount of mountainous coastline, endless beaches, warm sunny days and a bustling nightlife, Sochi City however still needs to develop befitting international tourist infrastructure.
Located within the sub-tropical climatic zone, Sochi City enjoys over 300 sunny days every year. One of the most multi-cultural cities within Russia, the local population of Sochi City is largely composed of over 100 ethnic groups and tribes from the surrounding mountainous regions belonging to the Sochi National Park and the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve. Largely catering to domestic tourism, Sochi City is situated at a distance of 1,600 kilometers to the south of Moscow.
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Sochi is unique among larger Russian cities as having some aspects of a subtropical resort. Apart from the scenic Caucasus Mountains, pebble and sand beaches, the city attracts vacation-goers with its subtropical vegetation, numerous parks, monuments, and extravagant Stalinist architecture. About two million people visit Greater Sochi each summer, when the city is home to the annual film festival "Kinotavr" and a getaway for Russia's elite.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 2,957 square kilometers (731,000 acres) Caucasian Biosphere Reserve, lies just north from the city.Sochi also has the region's most northerly tea plantations.