Visited in the summer and winter - skiing and summer has a beach, albeit stones, the Black Sea is very warm
Perfect town for winter. Lots of outdoorsy: skiing, walking in parks, watching sea. Huge amount of luxury hotels, spa centers, water pools
This is a resort town on the Black Sea and looks and feels nothing like Russia. The Winter Olympics was the reason most foreigners came here otherwise mostly Russians come. We came on a cruise so we did not need a visa for the day but had to stay with our tour guides.