We take a trip to Sochi, Russia’s favourite summer resort. Whilst much of Russia suffers from an extremely harsh climate, Sochi enjoys clement temperatures, hot springs and miles of beaches stretching along the Black Sea, whose waters reach a pleasant 28 degrees Celsius in the summer months.
In Soviet times, factory workers and government officials alike would travel down for their vacations. Stalin himself even dropped in once or twice; some impressive Stalinist architecture remains as a testimony to his visits. Today, Sochi is particularly popular with young, rich Moscovites, but the town still likes to remind visitors of Russia’s communist past. For less than 50 euros, you can even enjoy a good night’s sleep in Stalin’s bed..