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Krasnodar Krai

The story of Krasnodar Krai usually begins with sea, sun, mountains, rivers and lakes. After the 2014 Olympics, a new era began for Russia's main resort. People come here to test their nerves at 200 meters above the ground on the Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi. Krasnodar Krai is just as busy in winter as it is in summer because of the thousands of ski lovers who come here. If one sea is not enough for you, then you can visit the Taman Peninsula which touches two — the Black and Azov seas.

The resorts offer a broad entertainment and educational programme: there are tours, cultural and educational, ethnic, and leisure centers, and you can go yachting, diving, horse riding and mountain trekking. You can go rafting down the rivers in Krasnodar Krai.

Sochi is the main resort in Russia and the long-time favorite of tourists. However, since the Winter Olympics in 2014, it has become even more colorful: the Krasnaya Polyana mountain resort and the Imereti Lowlands resort area have been built, and lovers of winter sports come here from December to March for snowboarding, mountain skiing and snow running.

Aquaparks, cinemas, amusement parks, concert halls and theaters are the best places for families to relax. Extreme tracks, tour programmes, and Sochi's nightlife will turn a young person's holiday into a real adventure. You can walk along the shaded paths in Dendrary Park or take a sightseeing tour. Sochi's cultural life is full of festivals, artistic competitions and concerts given by famous artists.

In 2011, Anapa was named the Best Balneological Resort in the World. There are more than 40 fascinating tour routes, you can go horse riding, take a boat trip, go scuba diving or even flying.

People come to Gelendzhik and neighboring resorts for their dolmens and waterfalls, a safari park that is famous throughout Russia as a rehabilitation center for animals who have suffered at the hands of people, an ostrich farm, the romantic Old Park and a space museum.

Temryuksky District on Taman Peninsula is twice as lucky as other areas because it has the Black and Azov Seas. Visitors come to see unique nature — volcanoes with healing mud. Lovers of antiquities should visit the Taman ancient settlement. This used to be home to the famous Tmutarakan Principality.

Near Tuapse, you can see dolmens, mountains and waterfalls. The local health resorts offer cleansing and therapeutic beauty programmes. Orlyonok, a Russian Children's Center, is the top place for children's holidays. Fans of beach holidays will love the golden sandy beaches and the shingle coastal areas, while diving to the seabed will be a wonderful experience.

Warm seas, the gentle southern sun, mountain peaks divided by gorges and rapid rivers, relict forest and the unique transition from Mediterranean to sub-tropical climate not only make the resorts of Krasnodar an ideal holiday destination, but also a place for unforgettable experiences.

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