Chairman of the Committee of the Republic of Adygea for Tourism and Resorts
All the main trends that are in demand among tourist are represented in the Republic of Adygea, including active types of recreation - rafting down mountain rivers, horse-riding tours, walking tours, canyoneering (or canyoning), jeeping tours, extreme parks, and much more.
A balneological tourism is increasingly popular, there are many thermal springs near Maykop, the capital of the Republic. The quality of spa services is also improving. In 2022, a new four-star thermal park hotel opened.
By the way, most of the popular hotels in Adygea received well-deserved ‘stars’. Today, over 240 organizations providing hotel, logistics, tourism services work in the tourism industry in Adygea. The quality and variety of these services is constantly growing. This year, Maykop became the first stop of the cruise train the ‘Pearl of the Caucasus’ that goes through the most beautiful places in the Caucasus region.
- Natural, historical and cultural attractions of Adygea are of great interest to tourists. What would you advise tourists to visit first of all?
For hikers, the routes in the Bolshoy Thach Nature Park are interesting, and the Over the Mountains to the Sea route has been among the most popular since the Soviet times. It goes through the amazing Lagonaki Highlands and the most picturesque places of the Fisht-Oshten mountain range that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ends at the coast of the Black Sea in the village of Dagomys. In 2021, about 60,000 tourists were hiking this route.
For a one-day trip, visiting the Rufabgo Waterfalls near the Kamennomostsky aul (Stone Bridge Village) can be very interesting, as well as the Una-Koz Ridge, the Savran cable-car near the Dakhovskaya village, horseback riding in the Mishoko Gorge, a walk along the Leopard Trail in the Caucasian Reserve near the village of Guzeripl.
It is also interesting to visit the Museum of the Caucasian Reserve and see the well-preserved Guzeripl dolmen.
In the Lago-Naki plateau, the travellers can go down to the Big Azish Cave and climb to a height of 1,500 m above sea level to the viewing platforms to enjoy the breath-taking views of the Lagonaki Highlands and the panoramic view of the Greater Caucasus Range.
- What are the prospects for the ecotourism development in the Republic of Adygea? What new projects will be implemented in the near future?
Among the important tasks is the creation of a modern road infrastructure to connect the Republic’s area to make a single tourism space combining the most popular tourism attractions. Most of the infrastructure projects, including the development of the road network, will be carried out under the national project “Tourism and Hospitality Industry”.