Once a town in its own right, Adler has now become a micro-district within Sochi. During the 2014 Winter Olympics, hosted by Sochi, Adler was home to the Olympic Village, and hosted the World Robot Olympiad in the same year. Formula One’s Russian Grand Prix also runs in Adler each year, taking place at the Sochi Autodrom.
Sitting on the Black Sea, Adler is now one of the most popular resorts in Russia. While its beaches aren’t the most scenic around the Black Sea, the micro-district has a lot to offer tourists looking for an exciting trip along Russia’s coastline.
The best hotels for any budget in Adler
As it takes around 3 hours to walk from one end of Adler to the other, or 30 minutes by car, you can stay anywhere in the area and be close enough to its best attractions.
If you’re operating on a smaller budget, the Pensjonat Korona can be a great place to base your visit to Adler. The guest house offers an airport shuttle and boasts a swimming pool. From around €12 (£11) per night, visitors describe it as being very good value for money while its proximity to the Iceberg Skating Palace makes it an optimal location. Pensjonat Korona is a child-friendly venue that features a playground for the children.
Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre has become one of the prime tourist venues of Adler, situated on the Black Sea coast with a shuttle that takes guests to the beach every 30 minutes. But, with the beach a mere five-minute stroll away, guests can venture down whenever they please. The resort features a huge range of activities for all of the family, including a playroom, swimming pool, and many playgrounds in the area. From €75 (£66) per night for a room with a mountain view, this location is a great fit for those operating on a moderate budget.
If you’re going all-out with a hefty budget for your trip to Adler, the Arfa Park-Hotel is one of the most pristine venues in the area. Situated on the Black Sea coast, the Arfa Park-Hotel is a classy venue that welcomes children, featuring a kids’ club, games room, bike hire, and swimming pools. You can get rooms here from €126 (£111) per night, which includes breakfast, but for a top-class experience, you’ll want the Premier Suite with a sea view from €328 (£290) per night.
Recreation and fun in Adler
Adler is filled with great attractions for the whole family to enjoy. One of its top locations is the Sochi Discovery World Aquarium that boasts a wide array of freshwater and saltwater exhibits as well as an indoor tropical forest.
In the southern part of Adler, you’ll encounter some of the region’s sporting hotspots, including the Olympic Park, Memorial Stella of the Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium Fisht, the Olympic Flame, Adler Arena, Olympic Karting Club, and the Sochi Autodrom.
A trip up the Khosta River will take you past Yew-Tree Grove, Peshchera cave, the ruins of a Byzantine fortress, and up to Devil’s Gate Canyon, where you can visit the Devil’s Gate recreation centre for some fun activities in the area.
As for restaurants, Adler boasts a diverse range of top-class eateries which will treat you to a tasty meal and an enjoyable atmosphere. Specialising in Japanese, Italian, and other European cuisines, Sicilia has become one of the highest-rated restaurants in Adler. If it’s a taste of Russia that you’re after, turn to the seafood and Russian cuisine restaurant of Khmeli&Suneli, located close to the Mzymta River.
Sitting on the coastline, boasting a huge range of activities and top-class venues to visit, Adler is certain to be on the must-see list of anyone planning a visit to the Black Sea.