Located just outside of Sochi, the small village of Dagomys is a
popular holiday resort on the Black Sea coast. The former haunt of
Russian nobility in the 19th century, the holiday residence of Tsar
Nicholas II is still standing, having been converted into a large
The scenic village boasts lovely pebble beaches set against the
dramatic backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains, and visitors can tour
local tea plantations and the mineral springs of Matsesta. Dagomys
is a paradise for outdoor activities, including hiking and
bird-watching in the Dendrarium Botanical Gardens.
Summers in Dagomys are noticeably cooler than other coastal
areas due to mountain air currents, earning the village its name,
which means 'a cool and shady place' in the Adyghe language. While
Dagomys is not as lively as nearby Sochi, the resort's quiet and
relaxing atmosphere makes a great weekend getaway.