Today, Adler is the front facade of the entire Black Sea coast of Russia, a practically exemplary city built almost from scratch for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Of course, we are not talking about old areas that have undergone minimal changes. Tourist interest in Adler increased many times after the end of the competition, although it did not suffer from the lack of tourists before.
In recent years, holidays on the territory of the Imeretinskaya Bay have been a holiday of a completely different level than in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. Tourists are waiting for comfortable hotels, gourmet restaurants, a varied entertainment program, interesting excursions and a higher level of service that local residents are trying to get used to.
What to see and where to go in Adler?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
The complex of structures of the marine Olympic cluster, built for the Winter Games in 2014. On its territory there were competitions in figure skating, hockey, curling, short track, speed skating. The Olympic Park consists of several sports arenas, centers, spacious stadiums, which, after the end of the games, they try to use as much as possible for various events.
The most grandiose object of the Olympic Park. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the games, but the competitions themselves were not held here. The arena has a unique design: it is equipped with a sliding glass roof, which turns on colorful illumination in the evenings. The stands of Fisht can accommodate more than 41,000 spectators. After the end of the Olympic Games, it was converted into a football stadium with the expectation of the 2018 World Cup.
The race track, which has hosted the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix since 2014. But Sochi Autodrom is not just a road and stands, but a full-fledged complex popular with fans of racing and everything related to high-speed cars: a motorcycle school and a museum operate here, a racing taxi offers its services, excursions and master classes are held. On special track days, everyone is given the opportunity to test the track in their own car.
The first large-scale amusement park in Russia. His concept was based on plots from Russian fairy tales, historical and folklore motifs. It was erected by 2014 and officially opened on Children's Day on June 1. There are many extreme attractions here: the Serpent Gorynych, the Firebird, the Quantum Leap, quieter entertainments like the Magic Labyrinth and the Jungle complex, and since 2015 a dolphinarium has been operating.
The museum is located in the Olympic Park. His collection consists of Soviet retro cars made in the 1930s-90s. In addition to passenger cars, buses, ambulances, trucks, fire engines and much more are exhibited here. The exposition can be viewed independently, an alternative option is to order a guided tour. The museum has a souvenir shop where they sell models of all real exhibits.
An extended walking area 7 km long, specially created for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Today it has become a real decoration of Adler and a place of attraction for all tourists visiting the Olympic Park. The promenade part of the embankment is paved with tiles; a separate path covered with rubberized material is reserved for cyclists. Walking along the alley, you can see almost all the Olympic facilities one after another.
Beaches of Adler
All city beaches are covered with pebbles, but in some places you can find rare inclusions of sand. The swimming area begins at the village of Kudepsta and ends 3 km from the Abkhazian border. After the improvement and global reconstruction of the entire Imeretinskaya Bay, the quality of the beaches and infrastructure have improved markedly, although the main drawback - the proximity of the railway lines, still makes it difficult to call the Adler beaches ideal.
Southern Cultures Park
Arboretum, covering an area of 19 hectares. More than 5 thousand plants grow on its territory, including exotic and rare species. Among them are 300-year-old oak, Japanese sakura, Chinese fan palm, tulip tree. In ponds among thickets of water lilies, lilies and lotuses, swans and ducks swim, which you can feed. A special pride of the park is a magnificent rose garden and a diverse collection of coniferous plants.
Park named after Bestuzhev-Marlinsky
The square of the beginning of the 20th century, named after the writer, publicist and Decembrist A. A. Bestuzhev, who died here in 1837. In the 1950s, a monument was erected on his grave (bas-relief against a stone wall). The park occupies a small area - it's just a cozy corner of greenery in the middle of urban development, which locals and tourists like to visit to sit among magnolias and cypresses.
Park of Culture and Leisure
City park designed for walking, entertainment and family recreation. There is a labyrinth, a trampoline, an autodrome, fun slides, a laughter room and other well-known attractions from childhood. There are also play areas for children, and dance and sports grounds for adults. In the center there is an artificial reservoir, along the alleys in the shade of trees there are benches.
What is a vacation in the south without juicy fruits and local delicacies? Various goodies can be bought at the city market, where products are brought from all regions of the Kuban, as well as from Abkhazia and Turkey. A special “trick” of local merchants is to arrange multi-colored spices on the shelves, composing them into bizarre patterns that involuntarily attract the eyes of buyers. Another trick is the orderly rows of nuts in jars of honey that you want to buy and taste immediately.
A huge open-air shopping complex, consisting of nine buildings that are connected by means of passages, is a true paradise for shoppers. This is a whole city with endless labyrinths of streets (there is even an observation tower, a concert hall for 1200 spectators and a swimming pool, not to mention numerous cafes). The shopping center is designed in such a way that visitors can immediately go to the beach from the shopping galleries.
Sochi Discovery World Aquarium
A two-story oceanarium covering an area of 6,000 m² and consisting of 30 aquariums. Its collection is very diverse: dozens of species of tropical fish, sharks, rays, jellyfish, turtles, inhabitants of the Red Sea, catfish and other marine fauna. The main tank of the oceanarium is a 44-meter tunnel from which you can observe underwater life from the inside. Various shows are held daily for visitors.
"Monkey Nursery" is the popular name of the only scientific research institute of medical primatology in Russia. It was founded in 1927, at the moment about 4.5 thousand individuals live in it, on which medicines and vaccines are tested. For tourists, interesting thematic excursions are conducted in the nursery - of course, people are shown only individuals not participating in the experiments.
The Dolphinarium was opened in 1998, during the summer season it is visited by more than 130 thousand spectators. Today, bottlenose dolphins, white whales, sea lions, seals and walruses perform at the arena. The main show arena is a 20-meter swimming pool, around which stands are located. The standard performance lasts about an hour, during which the animals perform various tricks and perform the commands of the instructors.
Jungle World Terrarium
The Adler terrarium is home to all kinds of snakes, lizards, spiders and turtles. Animals are kept in small aquariums and cages placed in darkened narrow corridors. Some tourists think they look tortured. For a fee, you can buy food and feed the vending "reptile". There is also a separate room with monkeys and a petting zoo with rabbits, chickens, sheep and goats.
Temple of the Image of Christ the Savior Not Made by Hands
The new church in 2014, nicknamed the "Olympic Temple" as it was being built in preparation for the Winter Games. This is a grandiose 43-meter building in neo-Byzantine style with a luxurious interior painting - it is immediately noticeable that no expense was spared for its construction. The building was erected according to the project of F. I. Afuksenidi, a team of 25 artists worked on the frescoes for four months.
Church of the Holy Trinity
Orthodox church built in the 1990s. The building and the surrounding area look elegant, despite the simplicity of architectural forms, clearly gravitating towards classicism. Previously, there was also a church on the site of the modern building, which was demolished in 1947. In Soviet times, there were railway ticket offices in advance. Since 1993, the territory was returned to the parish, a few years later the construction of a new church began.
Temple of the Holy Spirit
Temple of the Holy Spirit is another church that replaced the building demolished in 1947. But unlike the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity, it looks completely different - it was based on a 2-story civil building of the 2000s. In the façade of the building, one can even discern Moorish motifs typical of the architecture of Central Asia during the heyday of the Bukhara Khanate, although in general its forms are rather laconic.
Convent, organized in 1999 on the site of the Holy Trinity Monastery, abolished in Soviet times. The complex of buildings includes the main cathedral, nine temples, economic and administrative buildings. All buildings are new, built in our time, so they are in very good condition. The buildings of the monastery are spread among dense greenery and harmoniously fit into the natural landscape.
Museum of the History of the Adler District
Museum of local lore, engaged in the study and popularization of the history of the area. It was founded in 1989. Visitors can view several collections. Archaeological, where finds from the Paleolithic, Bronze Age and objects mined on the site of early medieval settlements are collected. Ethnographic, which presents samples of weapons, handicrafts and tools. And historical, telling about the fate of the region in the XIX-XX centuries.
The lighthouse of 1898, which performs its functions in our time. The tower reaches a height of 11 meters, the signal is clearly visible from a distance of 13 miles. The structure is an iron structure painted in red and white. At the top there is a booth with lighting equipment and a platform. The Adler lighthouse is the southernmost in Russia, as it is located only 10 km from the Abkhazian border.
A complex of water attractions designed for the whole family. Thrill-hungry tourists can slide down the steep slides and get their fair share of the action, and there are safer and more relaxed activities for the kids. The water park also has four swimming pools, several cafes and cocktail bars, a pizzeria. Given the small size of the Amphibius, in the summer it is quite crowded here, and you have to wait 10 minutes for your turn on the hill.
Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi
The only park of its kind in Russia. There are similar sites in Singapore, Germany, France, Australia and China. AJ Hackett Sochi was created on the initiative of A. Hackett, an extreme athlete who is professionally engaged in air jumping with insurance. The park is located in the Akhshtyr Gorge on the world's longest suspension bridge Skybridge. In addition to jumping, you can order a helicopter ride here.
The new building of the city station can be considered a masterpiece of modern architecture. It was built taking into account all the latest security and infrastructure requirements. The structure is lined with mirror tiles and on a sunny day plays with numerous highlights, attracting attention. From the sea side, you can get to the station by climbing the stairs to a wide platform, from where a magnificent view opens.
Highway Adler - Krasnaya Polyana
A high-speed road with a railway line with a length of about 50 km, connecting Adler with Krasnaya Polyana. Like many other facilities, it was put into operation before the Olympic Games. Most of the route is laid through tunnels. The construction of the road became one of the most expensive projects in preparation for the games, for which it was repeatedly criticized by the media.
Trout farm "Adler"
The Adler trout farm is the largest Russian enterprise of its kind. Several species of valuable fish are grown here, providing supplies to shops and restaurants in Greater Sochi. In addition to selling its products (including in company stores), the trout farm provides tourist services for organizing excursions, tastings, paid and sport fishing.
The cave was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century by the French explorer E. A. Martel; in 1936, Soviet scientists found the site of an ancient man on its territory. For tourists, visiting became possible only in 1999, since earlier the object had the status of a monument of primitive architecture, and entry into it was prohibited. The depth of the cave is 160 meters, the height of the ceilings of the underground halls reaches 10 meters, the width is up to 8 meters.
Waterfall Deep Yar
Deep Yar is one of the highest waterfalls in Greater Sochi (41.5 meters). At its foot there is an entrance to a cave and a small lake. The road to the natural attraction begins near the village of Monastery. To get to the waterfall, you need to cross the Mzymta River and then follow the signs and the hiking trail. Just above the cascade at a distance of 300-400 meters are the ruins of a Christian church.
The most full-flowing river that feeds the Black Sea. It originates in the depths of the Main Caucasian Range and through the Aibga-Achishkho chain rolls its muddy waters along the Akhshtyr Gorge. The predominantly gray color of the river is due to the fact that a large amount of rock remains are mixed in the water. A fairly common version is that Mzymta, translated from the local dialect, means "mad".