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The City of Sochi

Sochi is Known as One of the World's Longest Cities

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Sochi resort city is set to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Sochi, Russia - Sochi

Sochi, Russia - Sochi

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This view from Sochi Arboretum's observation deck shows the city of Sochi, which is one of the world's longest cities. It spreads along the coast of the Black Sea, where it is sandwiched between water and the Caucasus Mountains, the western portion of which is protected as a Russian World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Sochi's subtropical climate means that greenery flourishes in the city and the wilderness surrounding Sochi is full of wildlife. This climate - along with beaches and the potential for skiing in the mountains - attracts droves of vacationing Russians who either fly in or make the trip by train. Lots of family attractions, restaurants, bars, theaters, and more fill visitors' hours when they aren't at the beach. Sanitariums, which offer spa and medical services, are also popular for those who want an all-inclusive program of relaxation. Travel to Sochi is also enjoyed by Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, who is given credit for securing Sochi's bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

If you're planning to visit Sochi, check out the Sochi Travel Planning FAQ. If you want to know more about Sochi's geography, learn 10 facts about Sochi.

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