Explore the Top Places to Visit in Sochi During FIFA 2018

Sochi, the summer capital of Russia, is the perfect city to soak in the football fever during FIFA World Cup - 2018. Its glorious past reflects its association with different sports. The city earned a significant place on the world map after hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics and is also hosting six FIFA 2018 matches. This sporting heaven is full of places that you can visit while you are here for FIFA 2018 matches in Sochi. From natural attractions like Park Arboretum to modern wonders like Park Riviera, there are numerous places to visit in Sochi during FIFA 2018. It is also home to restaurants that will pamper your taste buds with scrumptious Russian cuisine. Now that you are in the city for FIFA, do not forget these best dishes to try in Sochi like shish kabobs, pelmeni, and Kuban borsch.

Here are the details of football matches in Sochi that will be held at the Fisht Stadium:

  • Portugal v Spain on 15th June 2018
  • Belgium v Panama on 18th June 2018
  • Germany v Sweden on 23rd June 2018
  • Australia v Peru on 26th June 2018
  • 1A v 2B on 30th June 2018
  • Quarterfinals between W51 v W52 on 7th July 2018

Here are the things you can do and places you can explore to be a part of the bustling Sochi canvas during FIFA World Cup 2018:

1. Go for live screenings at the FIFA Fan Fest Zone

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Located in the popular South Mall of Sochi’s commercial seaport, this FIFA Fan Fest Zone 2018 in Sochi is the Mecca for football enthusiasts. This season, you will get a chance to see all the matches live on big screens here and that too with thousands of other sports lovers. With the capacity of 10,000 fans, this beach promenade is the place to be in the evening! And when it is a non-match day, you will get to catch other entertainment here as well.

If you are using your own vehicle, then keep in mind that you need to pay 200 Rubbles per hour for public parking. Or you can also catch a bus to reach the area as it is connected with different parts of the city by public transport. You know what the best part is? You do not need any ticket or pass for the FIFA Fan Fest Zone.

2. Have a live FIFA party at sports bars and pubs

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Do not worry if you have no FIFA tickets as the city of Sochi is dotted with numerous sports bars that offer live screening of FIFA matches. When it comes to best bars in Sochi to watch FIFA football matches, here is the list of places that attract locals and travellers alike. Fain Feld on Ulitsa Chernomorskaya, 11, Irish bar O’Hara on 2 Lavanda Embankment, Che? Harcho! on Primorskaya Street, and Dobry Ale in Central District are some of the most famous places in Sochi.

It would be better for you to book a table well in advance as all the places in city are full to their capacity during major sporting events. It will be a perfect opportunity to combine your love for football with the vibrant nightlife in Sochi.

3. Take a tour of the Old Town area

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The heart of Sochi is the place where you can spend the whole day wandering around. You will come across several historic structures and landmarks here. Stop by Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel that dates back to 1874. Visit Primorsky Park that overlooks the sea and take a relaxing walk. Go to the the Central Embankment area as this part of Sochi is bustling with tourists in summers and has hundreds of cafes, restaurants, and massage booths lining the shores. Join the crowd of skateboarders and roller skaters at the Plaza that is located at the northern pier of the Marina.

When you have some free time on your hands during matches, you can for these things to do in Sochi during FIFA 2018. A simple half-day tour is also enough to introduce you to the main sights in the city.

4. Explore the Olympic Park

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The Fisht Olympic Stadium that is hosting 6 matches of 2018 FIFA World Cup is tucked away in Sochi Olympic Park. The entrance to this park is free and if you visit it in the evening, you will be able to witness the spectacular music fountain here. Known as The Waters of the Olympic Park, hundreds of people visit the park to catch the fountain in action. You can also go to Sochi Park as it is one of the first parks in the country that represents history and culture of Russia. It is also known as the Russian Disneyland as it has different exciting rides and other attractions as well.

You will come across several volunteers while taking a stroll through the park. Talk to them to understand different aspects of this place as you will learn more about sports events that were hosted here in the past as well as the football matches that will be hosted now.

5. Go to Dolphinarium Riviera to have fun

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After being amidst enthusiastic football lover crowd and cheering constantly for hours, one needs to take a short break to get away from all the chaos. Visiting Dolphinarium Riviera will give you a chance to reconnect with nature and will refresh your mind instantly with its interesting events. Considered to be the largest dolphinarium in the Eastern Europe, this place is also offering 20% discount on dolphin shows to football lovers if you have a Fan ID. There is a small zoo and a butterfly garden on its premises where you can spend some quality time with your kids.

This place is known as the cultural as well as leisure center of the city. If you are planning to visit Dolphinarium Riviera, then it is recommended to book your tickets in advance as thousands of people who are in Sochi for FIFA 2018 are expected to visit this site.

Now that you know how you can make the most of your time, start exploring the city!


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