The Russian Riviera
Sochi resides in that tiny portion of Russia that can boast a subtropical climate, making it a long time holiday heaven for domestic tourists – celebrities and the political elite included.
During Soviet days, even Comrade Stalin had a dacha here, now open to visitors. Much has changed since then, but the fresh air, majestic mountain scenery, mineral springs, long beaches, warm sunny days, and bustling nightlife, are still a big draw.
Ironically this city known for swaying palms and balmy breezes hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics.