Russian tea tradition is already centuries old and differs a lot from other tea traditions. Here in Dagomys, the centre of Russian tea, you have the opportunity to learn about, as well as enjoy this tea tradition in a Tshainaya Domiki (Tea House). Near Dagomys, in the small outskirt in the hills, called Uch D’ray, this tea house invites you and...more
The other Dagomys beach belongs to the large hotel complex baring the same name as the village. When staying in this hotel, the beach is for free, others pay a small amount to joy the relative quietness on this part of the Dagomys coast (30 Roubles in 2005). The sea here is cleaner (especially after rainfall, the small river of Dagmomys, pushes out...more
Dagomys has two beaches. The main public beach is North of the small river that runs through the town. This beach is at the end of Armavirskaya and Festivalnii Ulitsa and offers a wide entertainment. It is often quite crowdy and salesmen and -women offer their goods: piva galodnaya (cold beer), riba Amur (dried Amur-fish), tshiburaikii (Kaukasus...more
Along the public beach of Dagmoys the most nightlife is taking place. Several restaurants and dancings are present on the short lumpy boulevard. Dancing is often outdoors in the warm evening and night air. Music is mostly Russian with a Arabian (Kaukasus) flavour.
Dress Code: Russians always dress up too much for any occassion, but to not fall out off line ... take care of yourself.
Though Dagomys has a station, only few trains per day stop here (and they are terribly stuffed with people). Reaching Dagomys therefore can be done best over Sochi central station. This station connects with Adler and it’s airport as well as Krasnodar and other Russian towns. From here one goes by taxi, regular bus or Mashootki (a.o. number 154 in 2005). This last are minivans that exploit existing bus lines by using the same numbers as the regular busses. Often they are faster then the slow busses and only cost a little more (still being cheaper then any public traffic I know). In the summer season you have to reckon with trafficjams on the narrow mountain road, during which the heat in the minivan and/or busses can reach uncomfortably high values.
In the mountain part of Dagomys: "Ooch D'ray" is a traditional Russian teahouse, surrounded with some tea fields. It can be reached by taxi in 20 minutes and is definately worth a visit. Here one tells everything about the Russian tea tradition. How it came to be and what it consists off. EVentually - of course - one also can enjoy this Russian tea, made of "Krasnodarskii Tsai" (regional) and in a Russian setting (a wooden house with balocony that offer an amazing view over Dagomys and the sea. The tea is poored from a small kettle and then filled with hot water from a "Samovar" (large boiling kettle with tap). With the tea you enjoy various jams and also some cake and/or pastry. Hazelnuts are often offered and for a sweet aftertaste some pieces of fruite. Deliscious!
When you go to Sochi and or Dagomys, beware of making a comparison with western staying (in, for example, Spain, Italy or Greece). Maybe the hotel complex looks great and even the rooms are satisfactory, the environment will have the tendensy to disappoint the average (spoiled) western tourist. Houses falling apart, traffic is chaotic, dangerous and poluting, sea is quite dirty from time to time (especially after rainfall, the mountainrivers that run through villages and often is used as open sewage system) and the average life standard is just lower then in any other European Society country.
Dagomys itself was not in the frontline within the Great Patriottic War (the second world war). However, like all Russian villages and towns, it had to see many young men leave for the front ... never to return. The frontline shifted Southwards to the Kaukasus, but came to a hold somewhere 70 kilometres North of this area and was swiftly pushed backwards North again. In the mountains near the Russian teahouse, one finds a large monument for the Dagomys sons that were taken in this war. In beautiful surroundings and silence.
Dagomys beaches offer a variety in watersports and against relative low prices. By speedboat one can be lifted up high in parasailing (public beach), but also diving lessons can be attended (privat beach of hotel Dagomys). Furthermore all kinds of floating devices can be rented and of course one has to take a dive once and a while to cool off from the heat. This last however is also not that possible in the warm Black Sea water that in August reaches towards the 30 degrees Celsius.
Sochi is, on average Russian terms, bloody expensive. Many Russians now-a-days choose to go to Egypt of Turkye for their holidays as that is cheaper then the Black Sea coast in their own country. But for those who want it still within Russian borders, Dagomys is a very good budget destination. Here many simple accomodations are for rent and the...more
Specially for Yumyum, to answer her questions:Beaches in Dagomys are pebbly, as almost everywhere in Sochi. Seabed is going sharply down and at 50 m from the shore it is more than 7 m depth. Hotel privat beach has many cafes and restaurants, rent of equipment and table games, dance pavilion, aerariums, billiard-tables, etc...more
Dagomys is the motherland of the most northen tea in the world - Krasnodar or Russian Tea. Tea plantations were set up at the end of XIX c. on base of Chinees brands of tea. Top of production was in 30-s and 50-s of XX c. Now production is going down as this tea is not popular. Tea plantations are replaced now with filbert-trees. One of the tea...more