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Mediterranean Countries Top Vacation Spots For Russians

Published: May 27, 2014 (Issue # 1812)



  • Mediterranean countries are the most popular foreign tourist destinations for Russians this year.
    Photo: Carlos Wang / Flickr

Spain, Italy and Portugal have been named the top three tourist destinations for Russians traveling abroad this summer with Ukraine's Kiev having been dropped from holiday wish lists, a survey shows.

The survey published Monday by one of Russia's biggest hotel-booking websites, St. Petersburg-based Oktogo.ru, showed Greece, Turkey and France among the top 10 most popular destinations for Russians traveling independently of a tour operator between June and August, Interfax reported.

Germany and Britain also featured on the top 10 list, with the latter's capital city London ranking first in terms of where Russians will spend the greatest amount on hotel bills, at 6,400 ($188) rubles a night, the survey showed.

On average, Russians heading abroad this summer will spend about six days away and are willing to spend about 4000 rubles ($118) a night on accommodation, Oktogo head of operations Olga Favarizova said, Interfax reported.

Unsurprisingly, Russians have a soft spot for beach holidays and will spend an average of 15 days by the sea in Bulgaria this summer, 13 days on Spain's Tenerife and Majorca, and 12 days on one of the Greek islands, the survey showed.

For Russians heading away on city breaks, popular destinations include Barcelona, Rome and Paris. The Baltic cities of Riga and Vilnius also feature on the list of preferred cities, though Ukraine's capital Kiev — where pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from power by anti-government protesters in February — has fallen out grace after featuring prominently on last year's list, the survey showed.

St. Petersburg is among the most popular destinations within Russia this summer, where tourists say they plan to spend an average five days per visit.

Within Russia, vacationers will also spend most time at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics — 12 days — with Tatarstan capital Kazan and the southern resort of Anapa also listed as popular destinations for longer vacations.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, July 30


SPIBA continues their series of Look@It tours, which focus on the success stories of major brands in the St. Petersburg market. Today’s event will focus on the Gorky Golf Club and will also be held there. For more details visit spiba.ru



Thursday, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


The Women’s Business Club is hosting a Beauty Brunch where participants are invited to discuss the latest news in the beauty industry and listen to lectures by professional stylists in the business.



Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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