Russian Gelendzhik

Situated in a natural bay on the Black Sea, Gelendzhik is a beautiful and historic Russian resort town with a range of attractions both natural and man-made. A popular summer holiday spot for Russians, Gelendzhik is home to sandy beaches, water parks, ancient monuments and lots of walking opportunities in the surrounding hills and valleys.
Gelendzhik is one of a number of towns to be developed into a spa resort during the Soviet period of Russia's history, and today it remains a charming and relaxing holiday destination for people of all ages. Explore the best of Gelendzhik here.
Beautiful Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik occupies a unique spot in a horseshoe-shaped bay on Russia's Black Sea coast, overlooked by densely forested hills. The town itself has all the features of a typical seaside resort, with long promenades and green parks by the sea where holidaymakers can watch boats come and go.
The surrounding area is just as beautiful, and keen walkers will want to make the journey to the Kuago waterfalls. This series of six stunning waterfalls, set within a mountain gorge, is just one of the many treasures of the surrounding landscape.
Visiting Gelendzhik

As a popular resort town, getting to Gelendzhik is quite straightforward. The town has its own domestic airport just five kilometres from the centre which serves seasonal flights to and from Moscow, St Petersburg, Omsk, Saratov, Ufa, Cherepovets, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Surgut and Tyumen. Anapa and Krasnodar airports are also within 1.5 and 2.5 hours' driving distance of Gelendzhik respectively.
Gelendzhik is also reachable via the North Caucasus Railway network, which spans from the Sea of Azov in the west to the Caspian Sea in the east. Alternatively, buses travel regularly from Sochi, a large city to the south, with the journey taking around 5.5 hours. The ferry service from Sochi to Novorossiysk to the north also makes a stop at Gelendzhik.
Visitors from most European nations will need a Russian travel visa to stay in Gelendzhik for any length of time. This is despite the fact that visitors to the neighbouring cities of Novorossiysk and Sochi are exempt from visa requirements for up to three days.
To enjoy the very best Gelendzhik has to offer, book a stay at Kempinski Grand Hotel Gelendzhik. With luxurious spa facilities, a diverse selection of restaurants and bars to enjoy and spacious, elegantly-decorated suites to relax in, we will ensure your visit to Gelendzhik is unforgettable.
Gelendzhik Cuisine

Russian cuisine is known for its hearty and delicious dishes that often combine cabbages and root vegetables with spicy, smoky flavourings. Perhaps the most famous Russian dish is borscht, a beet and tomato soup, and you will also find pelmeni – small dumplings filled with meat and vegetables, similar to gnocchi or ravioli – a popular dish in the area.
Gelendzhik is home to a number of restaurants and cafés where you can explore the mouth-watering local cuisine. Enjoy fresh and creative seafood at St Michel, a waterside restaurant offering fine dining and excellent views.

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