Looking for an exciting summer break? Check out Russia, where the 2018 FIFA World Cup wrapped up on July 15. Football (soccer) fanatics may be exiting the country now that the games are over, but that’s no reason to avoid visiting the world’s largest country.
Get a tan on the best Russian beaches
Covering nearly twice the territory of Canada, Russia includes 12 seas within three ocean basins – four of which make perfect summer getaways: the Black Sea, Azov Sea, and Caspian Seas, all along the country’s southern borders; or head north to the Baltic Sea near Finland, Estonia Lithuania and Poland.
As the shallowest sea in Europe, the temperature of the Azov Sea – located northwest of the North Caucasus region and connected to the Black Sea – is always warmer by several degrees and not as salty as the Black Sea, which may be more well-known worldwide but competes for attention with the Azov by beach-goers throughout the region.
Take in Mother Nature in the Altay mountains
Picturesque views and eye-catching landscapes are some of the best reasons to visit the Altay mountains, located in south-central Russia and where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together. Diverse fauna and flora, emerald green lakes, healing herbs and crisp, clean, fresh air are just some of the reasons visitors who dare to go off the typical beaten tourist path and visit the Altay mountains fall in love with the region.
Snowy peaks, alpine meadows carpeted with wildflowers and flat, grassy steep stretches of land all helped make this 2,000 kilometer mountain range become one of the most photographed places in all of Russia. The tallest and most famous peak within the range, Belukha, is situated an equal distance from three oceans, which is why some locals consider it the axis of the world.
Night parties, Russian style
As a famous song goes, “Moscow never sleeps.” Russians love to party, and while Moscow and St. Petersburg are the most popular spots for club-goers and late-night partiers, the club scene has been developing in other cities as well.
Yekaterinburg, located in west-central Russia, is known for fast and furious street racing. The Derizhabl shopping center is one well-known stop to witness drag races, where you can meet bikers and hopefully not be chased by the police!