Not only Sochi: 10 Russian seaside resorts that you should visit this summer

Even if it hasn’t snowed outside your window yet, believe me — summer is already close, so you can safely make plans for a vacation. Vokrugsveta.ru and the experts of the travel service tutu tell you which seaside resorts in Russia are worth paying special attention to if you want to surf, combine a beach holiday with excursions or sunbathe on a sandy “frying pan”.

The Black Sea, Krasnodar Territory

Anapa

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Anapa is a great place for a family holiday: the beaches here are both sandy and pebbly. There are many sanatoriums in the city and surrounding areas, and you can drink therapeutic mineral water in pump rooms. About 20 kilometers from the city there is a man—made lake Sukko, which is called cypress – mighty trees grow here right out of the water.

Kabardian

The small village of Kabardinka is a part of the resort city of Gelendzhik. The wild beaches there are mostly pebbly, and the sandy ones belong to local sanatoriums and hotels. Most people relax on the Central Beach — you can also ride a banana or go on a boat trip there. In addition, Kabardinka has an aquarium and a dolphinarium, and interesting festivals and holidays are regularly held in the Old Park.

Novorossiysk

Novorossiysk is a large port city, so the atmosphere there is not exactly resort-like. However, it will surely appeal to fans of history and ships. Excellent views of the city and Tsemesskaya Bay open from the observation deck “Seven Winds”. The beaches in Novorossiysk are pebbly — some are located within the city limits, but usually travelers and locals prefer to swim away from the port.

The Sea of Azov, Krasnodar Territory

Golubitskaya

Golubitskaya village is one of the most picturesque and popular tourist spots on the Taman Peninsula. Next to the Sea of Azov is Golubitskoye Lake, which is known for its healing mud, and not far from the village, on Golubitskaya Strelka, there is a famous winery with an observation deck and hundreds of hectares of vineyards — you can go there on an excursion.

Yeysk

Yeysk is a peaceful resort with sandy beaches. The most popular of them is the Heater. The sea here is shallow, there is soft sand underfoot, so families with young children usually like the heater. Surfers also often come to Yeysk. Many of the vacationers prefer to get to this and nearby resorts by train.

Caspian Sea, Republic of Dagestan

Derbent

Derbent is known as one of the oldest cities in Russia — it is definitely worth visiting while traveling through Dagestan. Admire the picturesque surroundings from the wall of the Naryn-Kala fortress, take a picture of the white lighthouse, learn the history of the local baths, and then go to the sea. The beaches in Derbent are sandy, they are both in the city and beyond. If you don’t have much time, you can relax on the main city beach.

Kaspiysk

Kaspiysk is located 20 kilometers from Makhachkala. There are not many equipped beaches, water activities and coastal restaurants, but the sea is clean and the entrance to the water is quite smooth. The beaches in Kaspiysk are sandy, the most famous of them is the Central One. Despite the fact that it is free, there are usually few people here compared to the beaches of popular Black Sea resorts. 

The Baltic Sea

Yantarny, Kaliningrad region

The Baltic Sea is cold: you can swim in it comfortably only in high season, when it is really hot outside. Nevertheless, the Baltic resorts are popular among vacationers, and the sandy beaches of Yantarny are considered one of the cleanest in Russia. In the village, you can admire the beautiful sunset and have lunch at one of the popular local cafes, and a Nordic-style spa complex is located right on the beach in Yantarny.

Zelenogradsk, Kaliningrad region

If you want to bring more impressions from the Kaliningrad region, go from Yantarny to Zelenogradsk — a cute town famous for its historical buildings and numerous cats. There are three sandy beaches in Zelenogradsk, and you can sunbathe in the vicinity of the city on “frying pans” — small sandy beaches protected from the wind by dunes.

Sestroretsk, Leningrad region

Those who have planned a trip to St. Petersburg in the summer should set aside a day to visit Sestroretsk, located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. It is rarely really hot here, even in summer, and the pine trees growing around create a pleasant atmosphere for walking. Sestroretsk is also known for its mineral waters and therapeutic mud.

 

The author of the text:Anastasia Feoktistova

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