Gelendzhik is one of the resort towns of Krasnodar Region. Gelendzhik is located on the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus. The town includes such well-known resorts as: Arkhipo-Osipovka, Betta, Krinitsa, Praskoveevka, Dzhankhot, Divnomorskoe, Kabardinka.
The subtropical climate, a large number of beaches (which general extension is a little more than twenty kilometers) attracts in Gelendzhik tourists from every corner of the country. It’s no wonder that the resort and tourist complex makes the biggest contribution to the town economy.
Gelendzhik is also famous for its spa resorts and recreation and retreat centers, for example: Golubaya volna (Blue wave), Druzhba (Friendship), Krasnaya Talka, Gelendzhik, Russia, recreation center n.a. Lomonosov, Solnechny Bereg (Sunny coast), Chernomorets, Stroitel’, Privetlivy bereg.
There are dolmens in outskirts of Gelendzhik. These are ancient megaliths which were constructed about three thousand years B.C. They occupy attention not only of historians, but also of esoterics.
There is the Markkhot Mountain, at which bottom Gelendzhik is located. This mountain is decorated with inscription with the name of the city. This inscription is one of the biggest in the world. Those who wish to visit Markkhot ridge can use two ropeways for this purpose.
The embankment of Gelendzhik is one of the biggest in the world. The best known part of this embankment is Lermontovsky Boulevard with a monument to the Great Russian poet. As is well-known Mikhail Lermontov arrived to Gelendzhik from Taman in September, 1837 (just like his literary hero Grigory Petchorin).