Best places to travel in russia

Natural attractions of russia


Once the largest and most powerful member of the former USSR, Russia nevertheless remains a fascinating country to visit. It is a country of contrasts, from great subtropical beaches to very cold winter regions in the north. The east may have fewer people, but its beautiful cities are among the most popular places to visit in Russia and can hold their own against the west.

Sochi on the Black Sea is a great destination for winter sports and, in fact, hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. Aside from skiing, Sochi also hosts the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix and will be the host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Despite the winter snow, Sochi offers a subtropical climate and excellent beaches, making it a key part of the Russian Riviera.

The resort city is a great summer (and winter) getaway for Russians. Strolling along the pedestrian-only sea embankment is a pleasant experience. Environmentally conscious travelers may want to visit the Caucasus Biosphere Reserve. Sochi is also home to the northernmost tea plantations in the area.

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In February, the cold shows no signs of letting up in Russia, so it is advisable to pack thermal clothing, thick gloves and socks, and the warmest coat you can find. In major cities, temperatures are likely to be below freezing for most of the days you spend there. The exception is the southernmost areas, such as Sochi, where thermometers average 6 °C.

Come May, after a frigid winter and a rainy early spring, much of Russia, including Siberia, reaches a much more pleasant climate. Days are longer, vegetation is in bloom and the calendar begins to fill with celebrations, parades and festivals.

Except for some cooler season, June in Russia is rather warm during the day and cool at night. In St. Petersburg, however, there is practically 24 hours of daylight, which means that sometimes night is confused with day. You’d better bring some warm clothes if you don’t want the cold to catch you by surprise.

Himeji Castle

UNESCO, in addition to the old town of St. Petersburg, has declared a World Heritage Site its palace complexes and parks located in the suburbs, the brightest of which is located in Peterhof.

The renovated Solovetsky archipelago in the reserved territory of historical and cultural value attracts not only for its history full of dramatic events, but also for its peculiar relief with hills, lakes and depressions.

The most important place of interest in the Beluja nature reserve is the two-peaked mountain of the same name, whose peak reaches 4,506 meters and is covered by perpetual snow and eternal ice. Only in the twentieth century managed to climb this mountain.

The sandy isthmus is located in the southeast of the Baltic Sea. It is one of the largest wind formations in the world. Already in the Middle Ages people began to strengthen the sand formations that the sea and wind have been destroying. Until the end of the XVII-XVIII centuries the area of forests located on the isthmus was reduced to 10%. Sand began to cover the settlements, roads and surviving trees. In the middle of the XIX century actively started reforestation.

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Winston Churchill’s observation is as appropriate today as it was in the mid-20th century. Russia is as intriguing as ever. Stubbornly steadfast as a country that will not bow to convention, refusing to be labeled European or Asian, Russia is still Russia.

While the country has modernized by leaps and bounds since the fall of the Soviet Union, the culture remains even more defiant in its distinction from Western norms. Poignant ballets and operas, rather than sensual musicals, fill the billboard and sincerity, often mistaken for seriousness, is prized over polite spectacles.

Besides the seduction of the enigmatic Russian soul, there are countless reasons to visit the largest country in the world. Its pristine forests are ripe territory for explorers with a thirst for adventure and wondrous scenery. The towns and cities are hidden treasures for history buffs. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, both religion and art have flourished, reviving the rich legacy left by the Russian Empire.

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