Conference Venue Location:
Grand Hotel Zhemchuzhina
3 Chernomorskaya st., Sochi 354002, Russia
Sochi is the most famous and popular resort destination in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. The city is situated on the Black Sea coast not far from the Russian-Georgian border. The landscapes vary from mountains to beaches, and since the Caucasus Mountains terrain Sochi’s beaches are mostly pebbly.
Sochi is a bright and colourful city which represents a mix of various cultures, traditions and generations. It can offer a wide range of accommodation options ranging from budget hostels and guest houses to luxurious five-star establishments.
Sochi stretches along the eastern coast of the Black Sea from Magri to the river Psou. Big Sochi resort consists of four areas: Lazarev, Central, Khosta and Adler, which includes the area of Krasnaya Polyana. While vacationing in Sochi, you can be treated by local mineral waters, swim in the sea, enjoy hiking, horseback riding, cycling tours in the surrounding mountains, skiing and snowboarding.
The longest Lazarev district is located 50 kilometers north-west of Sochi and 29 km south-east of Tuapse. In addition Lazarevskaya includes settlements Loo, Magri, Dagomys, Glubokaya Schel, the Blue House, Makopse and Yakornaya Schel. Lazarev district is quite popular and crowded place of rest, apart from the beaches is famous for its many natural attractions.
The most densely populated Central District is Sochi. It is the sunniest region in the resort, in the summer the average temperature is 27 ° C. The central area is suitable for youth and families. All the beaches of the Central District are shingle; there are hydroplane, inflatable "banana", watercraft and other entertainment on the water. On the Beach "lighthouse" near the sea port is a water park.
Host beaches are pebbly; partly there is sand of silvery-gray colour. Most of the beaches are comfortable: either the city or attached to sanatoriums and resorts.
The name "Krasnaya Polyana" (lit. Red Glade) was given by the Greek settlers in 1878 because of the thick overgrowth of fern, the leaves of which had a reddish brown color in fall.
Krasnaya Polyana is sited against the scenic backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains, which exceed 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) in elevation, at a distance of 67 kilometers (42 mi) from the center of Sochi by road and 40 kilometers (25 mi) from the Adler-Sochi International Airport. The settlement has been plagued by transport problems: in order to improve this for the 2014 Winter Olympics, a railway line was built, connecting the area with the airport, Sochi Olympic Village, and central Sochi.
The resort village Krasnaya Polyana is located 40 km from the Black Sea city of Sochi at a height of 540 meters, surrounded by the ridges of the Greater Caucasus, reaches a height of 3000 m. It extends for 5 km along the valley of the mountain river Mzymta. A unique mountain-marine climate of Krasnaya Polyana is characterized by soft snowy winters and warm sunny summers and allows you to relax all year round. During the summer you can do hiking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, winter skiing and snowboarding. Hotel services and facilities in the village are numerous: hotels, guest houses, restaurants, bars and cafes.
Krasnaya Polyana is the most promising and rapidly-growing mountain resort of Russia, in 2007, along with the city of Sochi; it was chosen to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games 2014. Since then, the village and the surrounding area is an active construction of new sports facilities and infrastructure.
Ski area resort Krasnaya Polyana is located just a few kilometers upstream from the river Mzymta to the slopes and ridges Aibka Psekhako. The maximum mark trails - 2320 m. Ski season varies depending on the altitude: the lower slopes (1,500 m), it lasts from late December to April, and in the upper (above 1500 m) - from November to June. The ideal conditions for skiing are found in the period from January to March.
On the northern slope of the ridge Aibga are 3 ski centers: "Alpika - Service", "Rosa Khutor" and "Mountain Carousel".
The closest to Krasnaya Polyana is a sport and tourist complex "Mountain Carousel". The ski slopes are serviced by three gondolas, one chair lift for 4 people’s type and training ski tow and trail for sledding is one ski tow. In addition, in the summer sports and tourist complex offers tourists sightseeing tours, hiking, biking and horseback riding tours, ATV tours, as well as paragliding and rafting on the river Mzymta. The closest to the complex are several hotels and guest houses.
Krasnaya Polyana today offers many chalets, hotels, and restaurants. Its reputation owes a lot to the development of heli-skiing in the middle of the 1990s, which provides access to an important skiing domain. Amateurs can ski downhill through a not-too-dense birch forest, with a vertical drop of 1,760 meters (5,770 ft). The station at Rosa Khutor has four chairlifts (lowest station at 560 meters (1,840 ft) and upper station at 2,320 meters (7,610 ft)) and 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) of delimited tracks. As of 2006, the Alpika Service was being developed by the Gazprom.
Sochi Olympic Park is an Olympic Park that was constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2014 Winter Paralympics. Located in the Adler City District of Sochi, Imeretinsky Valley, on the Black Sea (about 4 km, or 2.5 miles) from Russia's border with Abkhasia/Georgia), the Olympic Park houses the main Olympic Stadium used for the Games' ceremonies, and the venues that were used for indoor sports such as hockey, figure skating, curling, and speed skating. It also houses training facilities, the Olympic Village, the international broadcasting center, and other amenities. The park was designed so that all of the venues would be accessible within walking distance of each other. The venues are situated around a water basin containing a fountain known as "The Waters of the Olympic Park";
The main Olympic Village of the 2014 games is within the Olympic Park. It was built by Basic Element. The village consists of 47 buildings and is designed for three thousand people. Athletes, journalists and members of the Olympic family were housed there. Plans are for the Olympic Village be an off-season resort complex Sochnoye'.
Sochi Medals Plaza previously accommodated 20,000 standing spectators for the victory ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic games. Portions of the venue now remain as a legacy feature of the Olympic Park.
Sochi Media Center served as the IBC for the 2014 Olympic Games. It also hosted the World Chess Championship 2014. There have been plans to transform the media center into a shopping mall for a more sustainable post-games use.
Sochi Park themed around the history and culture of Russia, Sochi Park is the country's first theme park. The park is 20.5 hectares, and features its own adventure park, and a hotel complex which is themed to a medieval-era castle. The park first opened only to spectators and athletes of the Olympic Games (during which it received 140,000 visitors). The park was opened to the general public on International Children's Day June 1, 2014, with an official opening on June 28, 2014.
The Sochi Olympic Park consists of buildings such as Adler Arena Skating Center, Bolshoy Ice Dome, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Ice Cube Curling Center, Shayba Arena and others.
On the shore of the Black Sea is the Olympic village, where the journalists, athletes and guests of honor lived. It includes forty seven buildings that can accommodate three thousand people.
Olympic Park re-opened to the public after a month of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It works six days a week from ten in the morning until ten at night.
On the north end of the Olympic Park is the Olympic Village Station, and on the south end of the Olympic Park is the Olympic Park Station (the main transit hub of the Olympic Park). Both stations are stops on the Abkhazian railway. Just south of the Olympic Park is the M27 highway. For the Olympics, a railway line was built connecting the Olympic Village with the airport, Sochi Olympic Village, central Sochi, and the station in Krasnaya Polyana (home to the mountain-cluster of Olympic venues). A highway was also built alongside this to connect the Olympic Park to this area. The Olympic Park was originally going to be serviced by several stations along the planned Sochi Metro, before that project was cancelled.
In the nearest future Olympic Park is expected to improve possibilities in tourism constructing new facilities on its territory.