Krasnodar Krai

Krasnodar Krai

The Krasnodar Krai is the most South Western subject of the Russian Federation located mostly along the Black Sea and bordering Abkhazia in the Caucasus.

Historically the land belonged to Circassia and was conquered by the Kuban Cossacks in the 19th century.

Today the Kuban Krai as locals call it is a very heterogenous region with many ethnic groups such as the Circassians (still some left despite the 19th century’s genocide), Armenians, Pontic Greeks … there’s even a tiny Assyrian community.

The region is very popular among russian tourists but little known to foreigners except for Sochi. Don’t miss the chance to explore the Krai, its nature is absolutely amazing : you’ve got the Kuban steppes in the North, the highest tea plantations in the world, the warm sea, subtropical thick forest and endless mountain hiking possibilities in the Caucasus mountains.

Krasnodar Krai flag
Quick overview
  • Population : about 5 600 000 
  • Minorities : Russians, Circassians, Armenians, Georgians, Pontic Greeks, Ukrainians, Germans, Assyrians and others
  • Capital : Krasnodar
  • Religions : Christian Orthodoxy, Sunni Islam
  • Protected areas : Western Caucasus Nature Reserve (UNESCO), Sochi National Park, Utrish Nature Reserve
  • Must try food/drink : Abrau Durso sparkling wine, Krasnodar tea, Kuban borsch
  • Best time to visit : all year round
  • Border crossing : the Psu border with Abkhazia