Krasnodar krai & Adygea
Few people think of the Krasnodar region when speaking of the Caucasus Mountains—which is a pity, because there are some truly unique locations in the western part of the Greater Caucasus, that stretch across the region and the neighbouring Adyghe Republic.
One such location is the Caucasus Nature Reserve, the region’s largest, which is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to a population of rare European-American hybrid bison.
There’s also Mezmay, near the reserve’s northern ridges, which used to be a quiet lumberjack village. In the 1990s, due to changing economic conditions, it lost most of its residents. In recent years, however, it’s been given a new lease on life thanks to yoga enthusiasts and downshifters who come to the highlands to seek unity with nature. There are also the Olympic ski lifts of Krasnaya Polyana, which are an hour’s drive away from the Black Sea beaches and subtropical parks of Sochi.
Finally, there’s an actively growing wine region in Anapa Valley, which is full of wineries, both large and small. This is an unusual and unfamiliar part of the Caucasus, but it’s so worth a visit.
Our tours to Krasnodarsky krai & Adygeya republic
“From Black to Caspian” – Tour the North (Russian) Caucasus
North Caucasus from Sochi to Grozny
Trekking in Western Caucasus: Lago-naki and Mezmai village
How to get there
There are a number of good airports in the Krasnodar region—Adler, Gelendzhik, Anapa, and Krasnodar—so getting there shouldn’t be a problem. Those looking for some more adventure and a chance to see parts of Russia can travel to the region by train.
Please, take into consideration, that both Krasnodarsky krai and Adygea are part of Russian Federation, that is why you’ll have to get Russian visa. You can get information about Russian visa here.