Sochi is a Russian city on the Black Sea coast with a rare in the region subtropical climate – palm trees covered in snow is not a rare sight in there. There are over 100 different ethnicities living in Sochi, making it a perfect mix of cultures and languages. It is a popular tourist destination, with many attractions: parks and gardens, beaches and ski resorts, monumental Stalinist architecture and Byzantine-period ruins. Go out of the city for hikes in one of the national parks.
Varna is Bulgaria’s biggest city on the Black Sea coast and a popular tourist destination, university center and port. The famous necropolis belonging to the Varna Culture is dated to 5 000 years bc. With such long hisotry it’s no wonder the city is full of museums, including Varna Archaeological Museum founded in 1888, Naval Museum and Natural History Museum. Once your head gets full of history, you can relax on beautiful sandy beach or take a refreshing stroll in the Primorski Park.