Sochi’s sanatoriums cautiously open up for summer season


From next week, the Russian resort’s hotels will be taking vacationers

Spring breaks have been scrapped, pop concerts postponed. Police patrol the rocky beaches on the Black Sea coast and their promenades. Tourists are in quarantine. The grand old sanatoriums of Sochi, seaside spas offering a daily regiment of health cures, are empty.

But from next week, Sochi’s 65 sanatoriums will be the only hotels taking vacationers as the resort city slowly opens for its summer season – a draw for sun-starved Russian tourists since Soviet times.

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