Top 10 places where you can go on vacation in the summer of 2023
• It is rare in any country in the world to meet such a variety of climatic zones as – from the harsh northern beauty of the White Sea to the subtropical forests of the Krasnodar Territory. There is a rest for every taste – from hiking through the wild Caucasian mountains to a comfortable stay in a well-maintained sanatorium.
Here top 10 places where you can go or fly to rest in the summer of 2023 – for the benefit of the body, soul and wallet.
10. Solovetsky Islands
• One of the most popular tourist destinations among those who like to combine relaxation with learning new things. The harsh and beautiful northern nature, where everything around seems to breathe peace and wisdom of the ages, the tragic history of these places, the ancient architecture of the Solovetsky Monastery itself – everything sets in a contemplative, thoughtful mood.
White nights add special beauty and mystery to the ancient monastery – from June to the first days of August the sun hardly sets. You can admire the northern fauna – seals, hares, foxes live here. True, along with seals and the gloomy beauties of the northern nature, tourists are greeted by less pleasant locals – hordes of hungry and human-hungry mosquitoes. Therefore, be sure to take repellents with you, both on the body and clothes, and for spending the night in the rooms.
• Under the short word "Seliger" hides a whole branched network of lakes, rivers, streams and channels connecting them. Moreover, several large islands of the central lake have their own water bodies! This place is just perfect for lovers of water activities – fishing, rafting, catamaran riding, windsurfing and even diving.
Since Soviet times, tourists from all over Russia have flocked to the forest thickets with quiet calm streams or to the giant mirror of the water of the Ostashkov Sea – to taste camping romance, sing songs by the fire, take a steam bath in a forest bath ... And if you don’t feel like sleeping in a tent, the banks of the pool reservoirs Seliger is densely strewn with tourist bases, flattering cottages and rest houses.
8. St. Petersburg
• In summer, the famous white nights reign in the northern capital – a natural phenomenon characteristic of the north of Russia, when the sun does not seem to set and instead of the night blackness to which we are accustomed, there are transparent light twilights.
In summer, the cultural program of the already very cultural city of Russia is saturated to the maximum – both during daylight hours and at night. Holidays, music festivals, indoor and outdoor concerts, tours of ancient parks, visits to museums and memorial sites, and, of course, the famous drawbridges that gently rise to the sky every evening and let the important ships moving across the water surface pass. On May 27, the city celebrates its birthday, the Scarlet Sails festival is dedicated to school graduates, and from July 9 to 12, the Stars of the White Nights festival of the Mariinsky Theater will be held.
7. Black Sea
• The southern coast of the Black Sea is a favorite place for tourists from all over Russia. In summer, the water there pleasantly warms the body, which has suffered during the winter; in some parts of the Black Sea its temperature reaches 28°.
• The beach season in the Krasnodar Territory begins in early June (although some hardened northerners dare to take a dip as early as May). According to unofficial information, 20 million people visit here every year! Of course, the tourist infrastructure here is developed to the top five: there are also fashionable resorts for owners of puffy wallets, there are also places on a budget. Adler is good for children – the sea here is shallow and warm.
For lovers of wildlife, I recommend Gelendzhik, with its forested mountains and waterfalls sparkling in the sun.
• And for those who are going to go on vacation with children in the summer, Evpatoria with a lot of entertainment (dolphinarium, Black Sea Pirates Museum, water park, etc.) or Sudak with its sand and pebble beaches are suitable.
6. Caspian Sea
• The Caspian Sea is warm in summer – the water temperature can reach 28 °. And rest on its coast is even cheaper than on Azov. True, the infrastructure is lame and the beaches leave much to be desired – the level of Feodosia, with the finest white sand, is unlikely to be found here.
But this is more than compensated by the open spaces of the sea, the exotic nature of the holiday (you can brag to friends and colleagues), wild and beautiful nature and luxurious fishing. It will not be possible to catch the Caspian sturgeon – a moratorium has been imposed on it – however, the abundance of other fish will more than compensate for this loss. Lagan is especially popular among fishermen, and those who prefer a beach holiday are advised to pay attention to Derbent and Makhachkala.
• Karelia is one of the most beautiful regions of Russia and a popular holiday destination. Majestic northern nature, transparent lakes, white chalk cliffs, beautifully contrasting with dark green coniferous forests, and many monuments of the past, dating back to the settlement of these places by primitive people.
Here is the island of Kizhi, where monuments of wooden creativity from all over Russia are collected and carefully recreated. The Kivach waterfall is one of the most beautiful and the second largest waterfall in Europe. The ancient island of Valaam is also located here, surrounded by a web of islands (there are more than fifty of them!). Lake Onega is popular with sailing enthusiasts, many forest camp sites and sanatoriums are popular with connoisseurs of fresh forest air and three meals a day, and health can be improved at Marcial Waters, the very first Russian resort opened by Peter the Great.
4. Caucasian mineral waters
• Do you want to relax and improve your physical health? I propose to go to the sanatoriums of the Caucasian mineral waters – there are as many as four of them. Essentuki are known throughout Russia for their healing mineral waters, the royal family loved to go to Kislovodsk, and in Pyatigorsk and Zheleznovodsk you can find a sanatorium for every taste.
And there are relic oak-linden forests, a climate reminiscent of the resorts of the Swiss Alps, ancient architecture at every turn, a unique calcium mineral water, which is not found anywhere else in the world, and much, much more.
• Holidays in the North Caucasus will appeal to those who like a measured and predictable daily routine, with sunbathing and drinking drinks on the terrace in the evening, and adventure lovers. Just on the border with Karachay-Cherkessia, Elbrus rises – the highest mountain in Europe. I do not suggest climbing it right away – this is for experienced climbers – however, the trekking routes of Dombay and Arkhyz are available even for beginners.
The places here are of marvelous beauty, with dense subtropical forests, mountain meadow forbs, crystal-clear streams and lakes. And more than one generation of Soviet-Russian rafters descended along the Belaya River. Gastronomic tours are regularly held here, where northerners are introduced to the cuisine of the North Caucasus.
• People like to compare Altai with Switzerland – lakes with crystal-clear water, dense forests, fresh air filled with aromas of herbs and flowers.
• Mount Belukha is a favorite place of pilgrimage for both esotericists, where they are looking for the entrance to Shambhala, and climbers who are material to the marrow of bones.
• Lake Yarovoye is not inferior to the Dead Sea in terms of mineral composition.
The sanatoriums of Belokurikha heal not only the soul, but also the body (there are healing muds, mineral waters, and even baths with an extract from deer horns).
• And lovers of rural tourism are offered eco-products directly from the garden.
• There are also entertainment for those who like to actively spend their time – hiking and horseback riding routes and river rafting.
1. Sea of Azov
• Compared to the Black Sea, Azov is a budget option. The sea itself is smaller, instead of subtropical forests and mountains you will be greeted by wide expanses of steppe.
• However, it has a feature that tourists with children will like – this is depth. The Sea of Azov is shallow (its average depth is only 7 meters), and the descent is gentle, long and one and a half meters at most. Together with warm water, sand, lack of noisy entertainment, this is a great option for family people who want to relax calmly and quietly with small children. And the wide expanses of the steppe, strong winds and flat water surface directly attract windsurfers, yachtsmen and kite enthusiasts.
The most popular option is Yeysk. Kerch is also good – here, in addition to a beach holiday, you can look at architectural and historical monuments, as well as go on a gastronomic journey through the local Crimean Tatar cuisine.