Kempinski Blog Article
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kempinski Grand Hotel Gelendzhik's main restaurant, Fusion, serves up beautifully-prepared food inspired by dishes from all over the world. Try our chef's innovative take on pelmeni, the hotel’s signature dish, made with lamb, lobster and duck served on beetroot pancake – we guarantee you will be back for more!
One of Gelendzhik's most unmistakable landmarks, Sail Rock is a 30-metre-high sandstone monolith jutting out from the coastline, the remnant of a once solid sandstone layer. According to local legend, the circular hole in the bottom of the rock was caused by a stray cannonball fired during the 19th century, although no-one is sure of the truth.
A great day out for families visiting with children, Begemot Aquapark is one of three water parks in Gelendzhik – the others being Hippopotamus and Aqua Park Delphin. With colourful slides and a large, semi-circular swimming pool, it is the perfect place to cool off on a hot day.
Gelendzhik Safari Park
Located high up on a hill overlooking the town, the local safari park is well worth the steep tram ride to get up there. Residents include lions, tigers, polar bears, monkeys and giant owls, making it an exciting and educational day out for people of all ages.
Gelendzhik Historical Local Lore Museum
Gelendzhik's local history stretches back for thousands of years, and this museum houses a wide-ranging collection of artefacts from early tools and pottery to medieval weaponry, as well as more recent items from the Soviet era.
Dolmens near Zhane River
The dolmens of the North Caucasus have fascinated archaeologists and historians for years. These large stone structures, believed to date to the Bronze Age, are constructed in a variety of ways, but their purposes and architects remain mysterious. Today, they make a great destination for a walk in the stunning countryside surrounding Gelendzhik.
If you are considering a trip to the wonderful town of Gelendzhik, don't hesitate to get in touch with the concierge team at Kempinski Grand Hotel Gelendzhik, they will be able to offer even more recommendations about activities in the area!