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Sochi (also spelled Sochy) is a resort city located in Krasnodar krai of Russia on the Black Sea coast of the North Caucasus region with a population of 415,000. Sochi is the largest resort city in Russia. It is often called the Black Sea Pearl. This is the country’s biggest and busiest summer sea resort, attracting more than 4 million visitors annually with its amazing mountainous coastline, endless shingle beaches, warm sunny days, and bustling nightlife.

In June 2006, the International Olympic Committee announced that Sochi had been selected as a finalist city to host the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2014 Winter Paralympics. The Winter Olympic Games gave foreign tourists an astonishing opportunity to face the charms of Sochi.

Some facts about Sochi:

  • With an average February temperature of 8.3°C and a humid subtropical climate, Sochi is the warmest city to host a Winter Olympic Games.
  • The summer residence of the President of Russia is in Sochi, so the city informally called the summer capital of Russia.
  • Sochi is known for its sports facilities. For example, tennis schools in the city have trained such athletes as Maria Sharapova and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.