Samara

Russia's little Switzerland

12 Apr 2018
The broad reaches of the Volga River and the easy accessibility to the wilderness beyond has made Samara a haven for Russians seeking to escape the cities and return to nature.

Samara offers locals and visitors alike with varying degrees of activity, from a pleasant stroll along the Volga embankment to caving in the Zhiguli Mountains.

During the summer months there are plenty of opportunities to escape the rush of the city with water taxis and ferry rides to the western bank of the Volga River. There are numerous summer camps that you can go to while others just take a tent and a fishing rod and spend the summer getting back to basics. The fresh air and the silence found on the other side of Volga makes a visit an ecological retreat from the pollutions, sounds and stress of the city, making Samara a popular destination for people from larger cities who want to enjoy a Russian holiday without the inconvenience of visas, customs checks, immigration. A Volga escape has the advantage for many of being a purely Russian escape.

The Zhiguli Mountains are also an attraction for many. The landscapes have inspired artists, poets and writers alike while they offer pleasant hikes, great photographic opportunities and extreme adrenaline for those who can bear the idea of climbing into the bowels of the earth to explore hidden passages of natural caves.

During winter visitors can visit Krasnaya Glinka where you can visit skiing resorts for a weekend’s skiing or hire a chalet and enjoy a little bit of Switzerland in Russia.

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